2010 was often referred to as “the year of the pitcher.” However, not all pitchers are created equal.
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance announced today that Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay was the unanimous selection for the National League Walter Johnson Award, receiving all nineteen first place votes. In the American League, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez was almost as dominant, garnering all but four of the first place selections from the BBA membership.
Halladay, who came over to Philadelphia in an off-season deal with Toronto, wasted no time getting comfortable in his new league, posting an 2.44 ERA, striking out 219 batters, winning 21 games, and throwing a perfect game to boot. While only the regular season was considered for voting, he also became only the second player to throw a post-season no-hitter when he faced the Reds in the National League Divisional Series. Halladay received 133 points, well ahead of the runner up, St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright, who received 66.
Hernandez’s win was statistically more impressive, due to more ballots being cast in the American League and a wider range of pitchers receiving votes. His 2010 season, where he put up a sparkling 2.27 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and struck out 232 in just under 250 innings pitched, led voters to bestow upon him 137 points, with second place being New York’s CC Sabathia, who received three first place votes and 62 points over all.
The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
American League Felix Hernandez, Seattle (18) 137 CC Sabathia, New York (3) 62 David Price, Tampa Bay (1) 57 Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas 41 Jered Weaver, Los Angeles 22 Jon Lester, Boston 18 Clay Buchholz, Boston 14 Francisco Liriano, Minnesota 13 Trevor Cahill, Oakland 5 Justin Verlander, Detroit 5
National League Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (19) 133 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 66 Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 52 Josh Johnson, Florida 43 Tim Hudson, Atlanta 16 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco 7 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles 2 Mat Latos, San Diego 2 Heath Bell, San Diego 1 Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee 1
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 233 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.
The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.
Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot. Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.
Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 7-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through fifth place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis. Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.