This time last year, Tyler Clippard was learning that he was an All-Star for the first time, the Nationals lone selection to the 2011 game. He wasn’t named an All-Star this year, but on Monday he earned an award of a different kind.
After converting all 10 of his save opportunities in June, Clippard was named the Delivery Man of the month by Major League Baseball. The award recognizes “the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season, as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.”
Clippard pitched 11 2/3 innings in June, didn’t give up a single run and allowed just two hits. He walked six, struck out 12 and made six consecutive appearances from June 10-23 without giving up a hit. Clippard is 13-for-13 in save opportunities since assuming the closer role at the end of May.
In 34 1/3 innings this season, he has allowed seven earned runs on 16 hits with 15 walks and 39 strikeouts. Since the Nationals moved to D.C. in 2005, Clippard is the organization’s all-time leader with 322 relief strikeouts.
According to the MLB press release, other relievers who got votes included Angels closer Ernesto Frieri (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SV, 11.1 IP, 15 SO); Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SV, 15.2 IP, 20 SO); Yankees closer Rafael Soriano (0-0, 1.64 ERA, 11 SV, 11.0 IP, 8 SO); and Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 0.82 ERA, 8 SV, 11.0 IP, 20 SO).