2008 Oshawa Dodgers Awards

Bernie McGuire Season MVP

The Oshawa Dodgers are proud to announce Adam Garner as
the 2008 Bernie McGuire Season MVP.  Adam, who has been
a member of the Dodgers since the 2003 season, led the
Dodgers pitching staff with six victories in the regular season
despite leaving in July for a professional opportunity with the
Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern Independent League.
Adam had a 2.84 ERA over 44.1 regular season innings
pitched, 3rd best in the IBL, with three complete games in six
starts and was named to the mid-season all-star team. In nine appearances in
2008 (61.0 total innings) Adam allowed only 18 earned runs.  In only two
appearances did he allow more than 2 runs in a game.  Fortunately for the
Dodgers, Adam returned from Kansas City in time to start game five of the
playoff series versus Barrie.  He was brilliant allowing only one run over 11
innings for the first Oshawa Dodgers playoff series victory in team history.

Gary Carroll Playoff MVP

The Oshawa Dodgers 2008 Gary Carroll Playoff MVP is
infielder Stephen Wickens.  Wickens led the Dodgers in most
offensive categories over the Dodgers two playoff series
including a .405 batting average (2nd in the IBL), 8 runs
scored, 17 hits, 5 RBI, 5 stolen bases and a .444 on base
percentage.  In ten playoff games he was held hitless only once
with 5 multiple hit games including three, 3-hit games.  
Wickens scored the winning run in the Dodgers 1-0 victory
over London, the only Dodgers win of the series after recording his third hit of
the game.  He was also stellar defensively with a .932 fielding percentage over 74
attempts highlighted by 9 double plays and a game saving catch in the series finale
versus Barrie.

Andy Stewart Rookie of the Year

The Oshawa Dodgers Andy Stewart Rookie of the Year for
the 2008 season is RHP Cam Gray.  The nineteen year old
pitcher was second in the IBL with a 2.41 ERA in the regular
season, allowing only 15 earned runs over 56.0 innings
pitched.  He led the Dodgers staff in games started, innings
pitched, strikeouts and complete games.  Perhaps his most
impressive outing of the regular season came June 11th, on
his 19th birthday, when he pitched a complete game shutout
versus the 2007 IBL Champion Toronto Maple Leafs to give the Dodgers just
their second franchise victory at Christie Pitts.  This performance was surpassed
in the 2008 playoffs.  In game one versus Barrie Cam went head-to-head with
Paul Spoljaric pitching 10 innings for the 3-1 extra inning complete game victory.
In game three versus London Cam pitched a 1-0, 4-hit shutout to give the
Dodgers their only victory of the semi-final series.  Gray now holds Dodger
records in most pitching playoff categories including Games, Games Started,
Complete Games, Wins, Innings Pitched and Strikeouts.

Paul Quantrill Pitcher of the Year

The Oshawa Dodgers would like to congratulate Adam Garner
who has been named Paul Quantrill Pitcher of the Year.  Adam
set a franchise record for regular season wins with six in 2008
and also surpassed Jamaal Joseph for most career wins as an
Oshawa Dodger with 10 as well as complete games with 9.  
Adam was clutch in many key situations this season –
securing important victories for the Dodgers versus some of
the league’s best teams including two victories each against
IBL finalists London and IBL Champion Brantford Red Sox.  Adam also came up
huge in game 5 of the Dodgers playoff series versus Barrie, pitching 11 innings of
one run baseball for the victory.

Vi Christopher On-Base Percentage Award

The Vi Christopher On-Base Percentage award is presented to
the Oshawa Dodger with the highest on- base percentage in
the regular season. This year’s recipient, Brendan Emmett,
led the Dodgers with a .469 average, despite suffering a
season ending injury in mid July.  In 21 games Brendan had
25 hits, including 4 doubles, 12 RBI, 12 walks and 6 stolen
bases.

Durham College Volunteer of the Year

The Oshawa Dodgers would like to thank volunteer Al Smith
for his hard work and continued dedication to the Oshawa
Dodgers with the 2008 Durham College Volunteer of the Year
Award.  Al has been a loyal member of the Dodgers staff since
the team’s inception in 2002 and is a tremendous asset to the
organization.  His willingness to complete any task at hand is
invaluable.  Al is often one of the first people at the park on a
game day and one of the last to leave and goes above and
beyond the call of duty for the team.

Ted McComb Batting Average Award

The Ted McComb Batting Average Award is awarded to the
Dodger Player who has the highest batting average in the
regular season.  This year’s winner, outfielder Ryan Fleming,
led the Dodgers with a .377 average.  In 22 games Ryan had
23 hits including a double, triple and team leading 3 home runs
with 7 walks and 16 RBI.

Max Reid Award

The Oshawa Dodgers recipient of the Max Reid Award for
Perseverance and Dedication is infielder Sean Mattson.  Sean
joined the Dodgers mid-season after being involved in a lawn
tractor accident in May while away at college in the United
States, resulting in the loss of three toes.  Sean didn’t miss a
beat – finishing third on the Dodgers in batting average (.358)
and on base percentage (.407).  His best stretch of the season
came the 1st week in July when in six games he hit a
combined .556 going 10-for-18 with 2 walks, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, 1 sac and
4 RBI and reached base in 9 consecutive at-bats with 8 straight hits.   The
Oshawa Dodgers are proud to present Sean with the Max Reid award in
recognition of his strength and determination in overcoming what could have been
a very significant setback in his baseball career.

Troy May "Mr. Everything" Award

The Oshawa Dodgers are very proud to name Ken Calway as
the second ever recipient of the Troy May “Mr. Everything”
Award.  This award was only added last season and is
considered to be the most prestigious award the Dodgers
bestow.  It is only awarded if an individual comes along who
is so deserving. This award is named after former Dodgers
Manager and Founder Troy May.  For those who didn’t know
Troy, he was involved in absolutely every aspect of running
the Oshawa Dodgers.  He found sponsors, coached, managed, recruited, in
between being President of two organizations, coaching his son’s teams and
holding down a full-time job.  Troy was everything to the Dodgers and his loss
left us with a void that was impossible to fill.  
This season long-time Oshawa Dodger Ken Calway stepped up in support of the
team.  He dedicated his time to the Dodgers, becoming a member of the board of
directors and recruiting two of his friends to get involved as well and was
instrumental in the Oshawa Dodgers Red Party Fundraiser.
On the field, Ken continued to be the positive influence he has been since joining
the team back in 2002.  He remains a fan favourite and the most respected player
on the Dodgers roster.  His leadership, attitude and work ethic make him an
invaluable member of the team.  As always, Ken demonstrated his reputation as a
clutch player during the 2008 playoffs with a .462 batting average, contributing 6
hits and 3 RBI in only 13 at-bats.
The Oshawa Dodgers would like to thank Ken for his loyalty and commitment to
the Dodgers the past seven seasons as the only player who has played since the
Dodgers inception in the Intercounty Baseball League back in 2002.  We know
Troy would have been thrilled to see Ken receive this award named in his honour.