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Indians All-Star shortstop Lindor voted team’s Man of Year

December 2, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor has been chosen the club’s Man of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers of America.

Lindor led the Indians to their third straight AL Central championship, batting .277 with 38 home runs and 92 RBIs. The switch-hitter scored 129 runs — tying him for the major league lead — had 25 stolen bases and was named to the All-Star team for the third straight season.

Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez, also nominated for the award, earned AL Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions. Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP voting after hitting .270 with 39 homers and 105 RBIs.

Reliever Cody Allen won the team’s Good Guy Award, which is given in recognition of a player or staff member who understands the media’s role in covering baseball. Second baseman Jason Kipnis, outfielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Trevor Bauer, Andrew Miller and Mike Clevinger were also nominated.

Allen became the franchise’s all-time saves leader last season. The right-hander had 27 saves, bringing his career total to 149. Allen was 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 70 appearances.

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