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Hernandez wins in runaway

Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:33 pm
Felix Hernandez
It wasn't a surprise that the Mariners' Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young, but it was a least a bit surprising that it wasn't close. It was also a bit surprising that David Price, not CC Sabathia, came in second.

Hernandez, despite a modest win-loss record of 13-12, got 21 of 28 first-place votes. Price got four and Sabathia three. They were followed in points by Jon Lester and Jered Weaver (completing, ahem, the exact top five I chose).

The Baseball Writers' Association of America doesn't ordinarily publicize the votes of individual members, but made an exception in this case "because of the heightened interest in this award." Below are the first-place votes by pitcher. There were two voters from each AL city.

Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe ; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald ; Erik Boland, Newsday ; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times ; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune ; Lynn Henning, Detroit News ; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press ; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star ; Joe Posnanski,; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune ; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press ; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today ; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald ; Larry Stone, Seattle Times ; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star-Telegram ; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star .

Price: Mel Antonen, USA Today ; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune ; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune ; Chris Assenheimer. Elyria (OH) Chronicle.

Sabathia: George King, New York Post ; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun ; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal .

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Nov 4, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:23 pm

Hernandez wins in runaway

Quit crying spankee fans. Hernandez IS the most dominating pitcher in all of baseball. He pitched for the Mariners so wins were elusive,but he surpassed anything Sabathia did in a ballgame. His stats were unprecedented. Historical. Even east coast writers voted for him. Watch him pitch next year. You'll see what we see.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:35 pm

Hernandez wins in runaway

You can claim you're not a Yankee-hater all you want.  Would you care about Pedro not getting the guy's MVP vote in 1999 if you weren't a fan of the Sox?  I'd give an honest "yes" answer about a .01% probability there.

Two others gave Sabathia first place votes.  What about them?  Not to mention the fact that sports pundits across America had these 3 as the top-3 for the last 2 months, regardless of your personal opinion.  He was the only guy in the AL with 20 wins.  Obviously, wins don't matter as much as they used to, and for good reason.  But they still matter, especially 20 of them in a season in this day/age.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:00 am

Hernandez wins in runaway

Not a Yankee hater comment at all. Hernandez deserved it and won. I can name three pitchers  in the AL this year that had a better year then Sabthia, yet King gave him a first place vote. King is also the guy who would not give Pedro Martinez his MVP vote in 99, based on the fact he was a pitcher.. That's BS.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:58 pm

Hernandez wins in runaway

I guess Larry Stone and Tony Fabrizio also should start acting like journalists and more like fans? 

OR, instead, you could act less like a Yankee/New York-hater and more like a person who assesses a situation comprehensively, rather than based solely on one component.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:07 pm

Hernandez wins in runaway

What a Shocker George King voted for a Yankee! This guy has to start acting more like a journalist and less like a fan! 

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