"We congratulate Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen for being named this year's Reliever of the Year Award winners and applaud them for their outstanding achievements this season," said The Hartford's President Doug Elliot. "When it matters the most, Craig and Kenley help their teams prevail. At The Hartford, we share that commitment to deliver during the big moments."Balloting for the Rivera and Hoffman Awards, which debuted in the 2014 season, was conducted among a panel of seven all-time great relievers in order to determine the recipients. Rivera and Hoffman, both of whom spent their entire careers in the same League en route to the top of the all-time saves list, were joined as voters by three Hall of Fame relief pitchers - Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter - as well as John Franco and Billy Wagner. The seven voters ranked the top three AL relief pitchers and the top three NL relief pitchers based solely on regular season performance, using a 5-3-1 weighted point system. The AL relievers who were the runners-up are a pair of teammates on the American League Champion Houston Astros, right-handers Ken Giles (63 G, 1-3, 2.30 ERA, 34 saves, 62.2 IP, 44 H, 21 BB, 83 SO, 1.03 WHIP) Chris Devenski (62 G, 8-5, 2.68 ERA, 4 saves, 80.2 IP, 50 H, 26 BB, 100 SO, 0.94 WHIP), as well as New York Yankees right-hander David Robertson, who re-joined the team after a July trade with the Chicago White Sox (61 G, 9-2, 1.84 ERA, 14 saves, 68.1 IP, 14 H, 12 BB, 98 SO, 0.85 WHIP). Devenski and Robertson tied for third place. The NL relievers who were the runners-up are Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corey Knebel (76 G, 1-4, 1.78 ERA, 39 saves, 76.0 IP, 48 H, 40 BB, 126 SO, 1.16 WHIP) and right-hander Wade Davis (59 G, 4-2, 2.30 ERA, 32 saves, 58.2 IP, 39 H, 28 BB, 79 SO, 1.14 WHIP) of the Chicago Cubs.
The Rivera and Hoffman Awards replaced MLB's "Delivery Man of the Year Award," which was presented to one winner in all of Major League Baseball from 2005-2013, and have continued a longstanding baseball tradition of honoring the game's top relief pitchers. The inaugural winners in 2014 were Kimbrel, then of the Atlanta Braves, in the NL and Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals for the AL. The 2015 recipients were Mark Melancon, then of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Andrew Miller, then of the New York Yankees, while last year's honorees were Jansen and Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles.About The Hartford The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at https://www.thehartford.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheHartford_PR. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., (NYSE: HIG) operates through its subsidiaries under the brand name, The Hartford, and is headquartered in Hartford, Conn. For additional details, please read The Hartford's legal notice. About Major League Baseball Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport's larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball's business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America's National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.