Nov 14, 2014
Greg Barasch attended 53 games this year, and he didn't have an off night all season. The talented ballhawk from New York City snagged at least five balls in each and every game and became the first ballhawk in myGameBalls.com history to average double digits over the course of a season (10.17 balls per game). Barasch's fellow ballhawks awarded him this week for his spectacular consistency by voting him the 2014 Ballhawk of the Year.
Barasch's 2014 statistics are remarkable from a number of perspectives. In addition to setting the new single-season balls per game record, he totalled 539 balls (3rd on MGB), compiled an average competition factor of 324,945 (1st on MGB), snagged 8 game balls (13th on MGB), and recorded a single game high of 24 balls (1st on MGB).
Perhaps the greatest testaments to Barasch's ballhawking ability are his active ballhawking streaks. He currently maintains a streak of 331 consecutive games with at least one ball, and has snagged at least five balls in an incredible 92 straight games (MGB record).
Voters had a tough decision this year, as several others appeared worthy of strong consideration. Erik Jabs, a two-time Ballhawk of the Year winner, snagged a staggering 1,114 balls and nearly broke the single-season record. Milwaukee's Ballhawk Shawn and Baltimore's Grant Edrington were tops in game home runs, snagging seven and six gamers respectively. Zack Hample and Rick Gold also had monster seasons, combining huge totals (630 and 274 respectively) with solid game home run numbers (four each). It appears that this year's voters valued consistency above all else and gave the nod to Barasch.
Barasch earned 20 first place votes, 10 second place votes, and two third place votes for a total of 82 points. He was followed in the final tally by Jabs (72 points), Hample (44 points), Edrington (20 points), Gold (8 points), and Nick Pelescak (8 points). Here is the complete list of vote-getters: