Falcons swoop to take top NBL Awards at end-of-season ceremony

Robbie Unsell in action for the Herts Falcons. Picture by Will Baxter.

Robbie Unsell in action for the Herts Falcons. Picture by Will Baxter.

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Herts Falcons players picked up the biggest prizes at 2013 NBL Awards as they won the prestigious Most Valuable Batter and Most Valuable Pitcher accolades.

Project COBB published the 2013 National Baseball League leaders in the various categories and the Most Valuable Batter award went to Falcons man Ryan Bird for the third time.

This season he led in all the key batting statistics including batting average, on-base average, slugging average and runs batted in.

The Most Valuable Pitcher award, meanwhile, went to Herts Falcons’ Robbie Unsell for the second time.

Unsell was also named the Most Valuable Two-Way Player – an award he reclaims after first receiving it in 2011.

This category recognises players with outstanding performances in both offence and defence during the season.

Herts also featured heavily in the Fielding Awards which are the equivalents of MLB’s end of season Gold Glove Awards.

Unsell won the gold glove at second base, Cristobal Hiche’s outstanding performances gave him one of the three outfield gold gloves, and Xavier Gonzalez stood out as one of the most accomplished shortstops in the NBL for many years.