Our first two SB Nation Awards are in the books: Washington's Bryce Harper is our MLB Hitter of the Year, and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs is our MLB Pitcher of the Year. Now it's time to switch gears and focus on Oakland's season, starting with the Best A's Defensive Play of 2015. We've got five nominees, in order of how many nominations they got:
Semien makes glove flip to start double play
Bet you didn't expect to see a play by Marcus Semien as the top nominee for the top play of the year. Hopefully it's a sign of shortstop adequacy to come.
Burns long run and diving catch
Billy Burns had quite a few stellar plays to choose from, but this one was the best of the best.
Fuld airborne catch
Super Sam Fuld seems to be at his best when he is in midair.
Coco diving grab
It wasn't a great year for Coco, but he's still got a few tricks up his sleeve.
Lawrie catches tough pop-up
Brett Lawrie started the year at 3B, but he spent most of the last couple months looking like a totally competent 2B.
Alright, now you have two calls to action. The first is to vote for Best A's Defensive Play in the poll at the bottom. The second is to make your nominations for Best A's Celebration of 2015 in the comments. A reminder of the process:
1. To nominate a celebration, make a new comment with "Nomination: (quick description)" in the subject line and then provide some kind of link to a video or GIF or image of it. Please double-check to make sure that it actually hasn't been nominated yet.
2. To vote for a nominee, "Rec" the comment introducing that celebration. You can Rec however many of the nominees you want.
3. On Wednesday, at 11:59 p.m. PT, the nomination process will end and a yet-undecided number of the top nominees with the most Recs will advance.
5. I'll have a post for you Thursday morning, which will include a poll at the bottom so that we can vote from among the Best Celebration nominees and choose a winner. In the comments of that Wednesday post we will nominate our candidates for MLB's Best Breakage of Unwritten Rules.