Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News. Obviously, it's not the Cy Young, but it's a nice honor. It's also an indication that people are devaluing a pitcher's record in judging how a pitcher's performance.
Philadelphia's Roy Halladay was chosen to as the National League Pitcher of the Year.
Here's the story on the pitchers, including this quote from Jason Vargas which is interesting ...
"Pitching without run support is a difficulty, but it also can make you better as a pitcher because you have to keep your focus all the time," rotationmate Jason Vargas told Sporting News. "Of course, when you have probably the best four pitches in baseball -- five if you count his two-seam fastball -- you're always going to make it difficult for hitters. Felix not only has a fastball, curve, slider and changeup, he commands them. To say his season this year was better than last year is splitting hairs. His ERA was lower this year, but he won 19 games last year. If he had been on a team like CC Sabathia that got him six runs a game, Felix would have had 25 wins this season."
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Here's the rest of the Sporting News awards ...
Managers of the year
- AL: Ron Gardenhire, Twins
- NL: Bud Black, Padres
- AL: Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers
- NL: Jason Heyward, RF, Braves
- AL: Vladimir Guerrero, DH, Rangers
- NL: Tim Hudson, SP, Braves
- AL: Rafael Soriano, Rays
- NL: Heath Bell, Padres