Vote for Fuentes for DHL Delivery Man
Rockies reliever is one of 10 nominees for award
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies didn't meet expectations in 2008, but left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes delivered beyond the call of duty.
A three-time All-Star, Fuentes lost his closer job last season. But when Manuel Corpas struggled in the role to start the season, Fuentes regained his previous luster. Going into Wednesday night's game against the Giants, Fuentes had 29 saves in 33 opportunities, including an active run of 16 successes and 22 conversions in his last 23.
The strong season has made him one of 10 nominees for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year, which goes to an outstanding relief pitcher. Baseball fans have the opportunity to deliver the winner through online voting at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball.
Everyone who votes will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a two-day, one-night trip for two to Game 4 of this year's World Series. The prize will include round-trip airfare, if needed, to the National League city of the Fall Classic, as well as accommodations and two tickets to the game.
To create the ballot, the editorial staff at MLB.com compiled a list of 15 relievers who have had outstanding regular seasons. The 10 finalists then were chosen from the list by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel.
Fuentes has earned all of his 114 career saves with the Rockies, and it is the team record. He is also the only reliever in club history with four 20-save seasons and two 30-save seasons.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.