It's that time of year again! No, not the time where you make your Black Friday shopping plans. Each year, SB Nation's MLB crew
forces asks us to participate in their league-wide votes for various awards from the baseball season prior. You may (not) remember last year's awards, which had nothing to do with anything. This year, we're voting on the same things that the BBWAA does, with a couple other fun ideas along the way.
When you think back on the epic bat flips and celebrations that took place around Major League Baseball in 2015, nothing the Detroit Tigers did comes to mind. There was Jose Bautista's epic bat flip in the ALDS against the Texas Rangers, Yoenis Cespedes' bat flip while playing for the New York Mets, and just about anything anyone did to upset the Kansas City Royals.
In Detroit, though? Granted, there wasn't as much to celebrate, but the Tigers did a few things worth noting in 2015. Here are the nominees. If you think of anything better, post them in the comments.
Ian Kinsler's walk-off home run
An otherwise meaningless September win for the Tigers took on a bit of extra weight in how it occurred. Kinsler appeared to score the winning run earlier in the game, only to have the call reversed via instant replay. No matter, though. Two innings later, Kinsler took a 1-2 pitch into the left field bullpen for a 6-5 Tigers victory over the eventual world champions.
Rajai Davis' walk-off triple
When's the last time you saw a walk-off triple? Another September win, yes, but this was one of the more exciting plays of the season.
James McCann's inside the park home run
There wasn't much of a celebration tied to this, but McCann's inside-the-parker was just awesome. Plus, how often do you see that from a catcher?
Jefry Marte's bat flip
The best Tigers bat flip I can think of in 2015 didn't come from Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, or Yoenis Cespedes. It came from rookie Jefry Marte, who flipped his first career home run like a 10-year vet.
Dixon Machado's walk-off single
Nobody was happier to collect a game-winning hit than Dixon Machado. Nobody.
Which one is the best? Leave your thoughts in the comments.