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Hernandez Nabs A.L. Cy Young
November 18, 2010 - Al Stephenson
In a vote that some will consider utterly ridiculous, the Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez took home the 2010 Cy Young Award for American League hurlers. This award will be discussed for some time unlike the N.L. version where Philadelphia's Roy Halladay was a concensus winner. Hernandez was no where close to being the "no doubt" choice.
Hernandez had a record of 13-12. You read that right. The man was one game over .500 and wins the award for the best pitcher in the American League. No fewer than 17 pitchers won more games this past season than Hernandez. A travesty? Total BS? Well let's look a little closer and see if the voters do actually know what they are talking about.
Hernandez led the A.L. in innings pitched (one out short of 250), earned run average (2.27), opponents batting average (.212) and was second in strikeouts (232) just two fewer than the leader. He also pitched for the woeful Mariners who scored some 500 runs fewer than any other team. Perhaps this was a good vote.
The runner up was Tampa's David Price who went 19-6, while the Yankees C.C. Sabathia (21-7) was a distant third. The winner has not always been the guy with the most wins, but 13-12 is a little hard for many to swallow including me. I won't say that I completely disagree with the voters, but I'm not totally sold on the selection either.
Though I don't know what criterion most writers use to determine their ballots, I do know that the MVP is not likely to come from a losing team. Winning, it seems, is of paramount importance when it comes to that award. Should it be the case when deciding the Cy Young winner? I'll let you decide that yourself, but if you are a baseball fan you will know some things abuot Denton True Young.
He has the one major league record that is likely to never be broken. You will see a triple crown winner again even though no one has done it since Yaz in 1967. You will see someone hit .400 again like the Splendid Splinter and I think there is a chance that Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak may well be surpassed.
So what record of Cy Young will never be broken - in my humble opinion? How about 511 career wins. No one will come close to that. When you think Cy Young you think WINS.
The view from my seat suggests that Felix Hernandez just did not have enough wins to justify being named the Cy Young Award winner.
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