Every year the baseball bloggers here at SB Nation pay homage to the BBWAA Awards by doing the same. Following their format, I had a ballot for the AL awards, but not those for the NL. This week we'll be announcing our grand and glorious results.
Sadly, AL Rookie of the Year is the only award with a Royal likely to appear on any ballots, so its sad we have to get the best out of the way early. Without further ado, here are the results:
Here's how I voted:
1. Brian Bannister
2. Dustin Pedroia
3. Daisuke Matsizaka
I'm fascinated by the fact that Guthrie finished second, but after looking at his stats (3.70 ERA in 175 IP), it's not that crazy. While I haven't looked this up yet, I'll also hazard a guess that Guthrie faced stiffer competition than Banny by virtue of pitching in the AL East. That being said, I will be stunned if he finishes second in the "real"voting. Then again, is Dice-K or Banny going to pass him? While Dice-K may have not performed up to the crazy hype he recieved, I think the analysis has now swung too far in the other direction. During the playoffs people were talking about him like he was Scott Elarton. A 108 ERA+ over 32 starts is pretty damn valuable.
And yes, my vote was a something of a homer vote, although not quite as far-fetched as whoever voted for Reggie Willits, who hit .293/.391/.344 as a mostly corner outfielder.
Here are the NL results:
NHZ, I sent you a ballot, did you vote too?