The chill in the air. The changing colors of the leaves. The earlier sunsets. So much to look forward to as the calendar turns from summer to autumn. Except, of course, for the dwindling days of the baseball season. Those are no cause for celebration, but instead bring the anguish of a long baseball-less winter.
But do not despair, baseball friends. Let us rejoice in the season nearly completed. And let us honor the great men who rose from the dugout bench, night after night, to enter a game in progress and make it their own. The pinch hitters. The middle relievers. The heroes of the Impact Index.
That’s right, it’s time to hand out the awards for the most Impact Index-y hitter and the most Impact Index-y pitcher of the 2012 season.
Let’s start with the Impact Index Pitcher of the Year.