Gonzalez, Jimenez top local BBWAA awards

January 17, 2011 | 3:00 pm  

Carlos Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin and Clint Barmes won the Colorado Rockies awards voted upon annually by the Colorado Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Gonzalez was named the Rockies Player of the Year. Jimenez, the only unanimous winner, was voted Pitcher of the Year for the second successive season. The only other pitcher to win the honor in consecutive seasons was Kevin Ritz in 1995-1996.

Chacin was named the Rookie of the Year. And second baseman Barmes, who spent his entire career with the Rockies before being traded to the Astros in November for pitcher Felipe Paulino, won the Good Guy Award for his professionalism and courtesy in dealing with the media.

Gonzalez led the National League with a .336 average and hit 34 homers with 117 RBI. He finished third in the NL Most Valuable Player voting.

Jimenez went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting. He set franchise records for wins and strikeouts (214) and on April 17 at Atlanta threw the first no-hitter in club history.

Chacin went 9-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 28 games, including 21 starts. He went 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his final eight starts of the season and set club rookie records for most strikeouts (138) and ERA by a starting pitcher.

Barmes hit .235 with eight homers and 50 RBI in 133 games last season when he twice left the team to visit his terminally ill father in Indiana. In mid-August, Barmes lost his starting job at second base to Eric Young Jr. Barmes, who lost his shortstop job to Tulowitzki in 2007 but found a home at second base until supplanted by Young, was unfailingly polite, accommodating and available both before and after games