No Minor vote: Ziegler up for DHL Award

Vote A's Ziegler for DHL Award

ARLINGTON -- Oakland Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2008 DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award.

Ziegler, of course, had spent five years in the Minor Leagues prior to his callup on May 30, and burst onto the scene in his first 29 appearances.

Ziegler first set the Major League record for consecutive scoreless innings to begin a career with 27, on July 27, and he stretched that record to 39 1/3 innings until it ended on Aug. 14.

"It's real special," said Ziegler on July 27. "I feel like I've worked real hard to get here. I've never had anything handed to me, so it makes this that much more special."

Now he's been rewarded by being named one of 10 finalists among Major League relievers for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award, which fans can vote on.

Everyone who votes will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a two-day, one-night trip for two to Game 4 of this year's World Series. The prize will include round-trip airfare, if needed, to the National League city of the Fall Classic, as well as accommodations and two tickets to the game.

To create the ballot, the editorial staff at MLB.com compiled a list of 15 relievers who have had outstanding regular seasons. The 10 finalists then were chosen from the list by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel.

Regardless of where Ziegler falls in the balloting, manager Bob Geren couldn't be happier with the performances he's received from a pitcher who never figured to be part of his bullpen this season.

"He's had a great run for us," Geren said Tuesday. "I've talked about him so much, I'm running out of words.

"That's an unbelievable record. When you come in for an inning, anything can happen. I think that record will hold up for a long time."

Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.