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The DIBS awards: Not your typical awards this year!

Take a wild guess as to what category this guy won.
Take a wild guess as to what category this guy won.

It's that time of year for the DIBS awards! The list of Detroit Independent Baseball Scribes has fluctuated and most of all grown, and this year we changed our list of categories to make things a little more interesting. DIBS was created in 2005, for non-traditional coverage of Detroit sports by fans and writers online. Our own Kurt Mensching handled the vote tallying again this year, and props to him for suggesting we try some new fun categories along with more typical ones. Samara of Roar of the Tigers suggested several of them, so thanks go out to her for that.

Best On-Field Celebration: Jose Valverde

Did you really think this would go to anyone else? Personally, I couldn't come up with anyone to put for second place on this one, but Joel Zumaya was a distant runner up.

Best Hair, Facial or Otherwise: Phil Coke

Phil Coke ran away with this one, from his crazy sideburns to the mullet to the mohawk -- if you remember, he was one of two players that held onto the 'hawk after the others shaved it off or grew it out. Johnny Damon was the other 'hawk keeper, and he rightfully came in second.

Best Pitching Face: Justin Verlander

We know better than anyone that JV's death stare is fearsome, and we aren't even standing 60 feet, 6 inches away from him. The Big Potato also garnered a few votes for this one, I assume for completely different reasons - his, uh, amusing expression after throwing a pitch or striking someone out.

Best Use of Social Media: Will Rhymes

From the minute Rhymes appeared on Twitter and Facebook, he seemed to take them over, and not just among Tigers players. Fans definitely appreciate his efforts to connect. Casper Wells earned a decent amount of votes as well; who could forget his famous auto-tuned song about the Tigers using the T-Pain iPhone app?

Biggest Surprise: Brennan Boesch

Even those who kept an eye on Boesch's incredible start with Toledo could not be prepared for his assault on major league pitching once he entered the big leagues. It may not have lasted, but it was fun while it did. Austin Jackson was the runner-up surprise for living up to some pretty hefty expectations.

Best Value: Austin Jackson

He almost won Rookie of the Year and makes league minimum. Need I say more? Other good deals we appreciate: Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera (Think about it! He's worth a LOT!), Phil Coke.

Most Valuable: Miguel Cabrera

Unanimous vote. Duh. Justin Verlander got the most second place votes.

If you're interested in who makes up the DIBS, please see below for links to their respective blogs. If you aren't already reading them in addition to BYB, get on it!

Kurt Mensching, Allison Hagen, Matt Wallace, David Tokarz, Al BeatonBless You Boys

Mike Rogers – Tigers by the Numbers and Bless You Boys

Ian Casselberry – and SB Nation Detroit

James Schmehl, Matt

John Parent, Matt Snyder, Zac Snyder, Chris Hannum – Motor City Bengals

Jennifer Cosey – Old English D

Scott Rogowski – DesigNate Robertson

Bill Ferris – Detroit Tigers Weblog and TigsTown

Austin Drake – Detroit Tigers Scorecard

Greg Eno – Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?

Samara Pearlstein – Roar of the Tigers

Lee Panas – Detroit Tigers Tales

Erin Saelzler – Tigers Amateur Analysis

Brian Borawski – TigerBlog

Mike McClary – The Daily Fungo