Bell, Adrian honored at Padres' awards dinner
Closer receives two awards; former first baseman named MVP
SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez was named team MVP for 2010 and closer Heath Bell was selected the Pitcher of Year on Wednesday as the Padres held their 13th annual awards dinner at the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The proceeds from the event benefit the Padres Foundation's Padres Scholars program.
Gonzalez, the three-time All-Star first baseman who was traded to Boston in December, was selected as MVP by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Bell, also honored by the local BBWAA chapter, was also the recipient of the Fireman's Award, recognizing the club's top relief pitcher.
Outfielder Chris Denorfia was selected as the Favorite New Padre of the 2010 season. Catcher Nick Hundley was the recipient of Padres Chairman's Award for his contributions to the community.
The Padres also named their 2010 Minor League award winners on Wednesday during the ceremony.
Catcher Jason Hagerty was named the Offensive Player of the Year, Luis Martinez was selected the Defensive Player of the Year, reliever Brad Brach was named the Pitcher of the Year and Jeudy Valdez was recognized as the Baserunner of the Year.
Included in the Minor League awards were the Denny Galehouse Scout of the Year and Jack Krol Minor League Coach of the Year, given to Mark Conner and Gary Jones, respectively.
Gonzalez was named team MVP for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in his tenure with the Padres (2006, 2008-10). He hit .298 with 31 home runs, 101 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .393.
Gonzalez finished the season ranked among National League leaders in games played (tied, fifth), hits (seventh), home runs (tied, eighth), RBIs (12th), walks (third), on-base percentage (fifth), slugging percentage (ninth) and OPS (seventh, .904).
Bell received his second straight Pitcher of the Year and Fireman's Award after going 6-1 with a career-high 47 saves and a career-low 1.93 ERA. He was named to his second straight NL All-Star team and, following the season, was named Sporting News NL Reliever of the Year and MLB Delivery Man of the Year.
Bell finished the season by converting each of his final 34 save opportunities, the longest streak of his career and the longest by a Padres closer not named Trevor Hoffman. Among the top NL relievers, Bell ranked second in saves and fifth in ERA.
Denorfia, who signed with the Padres as a Minor League free agent following the 2009 season and had his contract selected from Triple-A Portland on May 17, hit .271 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 99 games.
Hundley has been giving with his time and resources to San Diego's military community and participated in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hundley has also been a strong supporter of the Padres Foundation's Padres Scholars program.
As for the Minor League awards, Hagerty hit .302 with 14 home runs and 74 RBIs playing for Class A Fort Wayne. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami.
Martinez hit .282 and threw out 37 of 119 would-be basestealers (31 percent) while catching a staff that led the Double-A Texas League in ERA (3.34). Martinez was originally signed by the Padres as a 12th-round selection in the 2007 Draft out of Cumberland University.
Brach converted 41 of 44 save opportunities for Class A Lake Elsinore and had a 2.47 ERA. He led all California League pitchers in saves, games and games finished while limiting opponents to a .207 batting average. He was originally signed as a 42nd-round selection in the 2008 Draft out of Monmouth University.
Valdez, who spent last season with Fort Wayne, stole 34 bases in 48 attempts for the TinCaps. Valdez was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 1, 2005.