(Image Source: reUPSports

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Heads or tails. Everyone has their go-to. They’re so close, yet so different - especially in a toss-up over aces. Here’s what we mean.

“For the first time in Major League Baseball history a knuckleballer has been named his league’s best pitcher. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young award yesterday just two years after the team cut him in spring training.” (Via WGRZ)

“David Price became the 20th pitcher in the last 45 years to lead the league in both wins and ERA … Price had a 20-5 record and a 2.56 ERA, 14 first place votes and 153 total points as he barely beat out the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.” (Via WWSB)

“In what was the closest vote in the history of Cy Young voting since 1969, that’s when two players actually tied for the award.” (Via WXYZ)

But did the Baseball Writers Association of America make the right pitch on their ballots? CBS Sports Network’s Doug Gottlieb believes the writers got it right in the National League - and now Dickey’s tale has a storybook ending.

“Three years ago, he was a non-roster invitee to Mets camp with a ERA in his career over 5. He’s 38 years old. He pitched back to back one-hitters this year … he was known more for his book Wherever I Wind Up than he was for anything on the mound.”

And one writer for Sports Illustrated believes you just couldn’t not vote for Dickey. “The margin between [Dickey and runner-up Clayton Kershaw] is so small that to deny Dickey’s story would be the worst kind of stats-based humbug.”

But a writer for Bleacher Report believes Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw got the short end of the stick. “Kershaw doesn’t have the story R.A. Dickey does, and that’s probably why he finished second … whenever reporters or fans were asked if Dickey was the favorite … the first response from most was ‘He’s such a great story.’ … That kind of [story] isn’t in Kershaw’s biography.”

On the A.L. side of the diamond... a writer for ESPN believes the Tigers’ ace Verlander should have struck out the competition on all ballots because Verlander pitched 27 more innings than Price, worked around a defense that cost him about five runs across the season, and faced equally difficult lineups.

And if Verlander won...he would have been the first American League pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young awards since Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000...while San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum doubled up on Cy Youngs in the National League in 2008 and 2009. (Via WWJ)

Now on deck for Major League Baseball: the winners of the National and American Leagues’ Most Valuable Player awards on Thursday.

Cy Young Winners Make and Break History

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Nov 15, 2012

Cy Young Winners Make and Break History

 

(Image Source: reUPSports

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

Heads or tails. Everyone has their go-to. They’re so close, yet so different - especially in a toss-up over aces. Here’s what we mean.

“For the first time in Major League Baseball history a knuckleballer has been named his league’s best pitcher. The Mets’ R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young award yesterday just two years after the team cut him in spring training.” (Via WGRZ)

“David Price became the 20th pitcher in the last 45 years to lead the league in both wins and ERA … Price had a 20-5 record and a 2.56 ERA, 14 first place votes and 153 total points as he barely beat out the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.” (Via WWSB)

“In what was the closest vote in the history of Cy Young voting since 1969, that’s when two players actually tied for the award.” (Via WXYZ)

But did the Baseball Writers Association of America make the right pitch on their ballots? CBS Sports Network’s Doug Gottlieb believes the writers got it right in the National League - and now Dickey’s tale has a storybook ending.

“Three years ago, he was a non-roster invitee to Mets camp with a ERA in his career over 5. He’s 38 years old. He pitched back to back one-hitters this year … he was known more for his book Wherever I Wind Up than he was for anything on the mound.”

And one writer for Sports Illustrated believes you just couldn’t not vote for Dickey. “The margin between [Dickey and runner-up Clayton Kershaw] is so small that to deny Dickey’s story would be the worst kind of stats-based humbug.”

But a writer for Bleacher Report believes Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw got the short end of the stick. “Kershaw doesn’t have the story R.A. Dickey does, and that’s probably why he finished second … whenever reporters or fans were asked if Dickey was the favorite … the first response from most was ‘He’s such a great story.’ … That kind of [story] isn’t in Kershaw’s biography.”

On the A.L. side of the diamond... a writer for ESPN believes the Tigers’ ace Verlander should have struck out the competition on all ballots because Verlander pitched 27 more innings than Price, worked around a defense that cost him about five runs across the season, and faced equally difficult lineups.

And if Verlander won...he would have been the first American League pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young awards since Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000...while San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum doubled up on Cy Youngs in the National League in 2008 and 2009. (Via WWJ)

Now on deck for Major League Baseball: the winners of the National and American Leagues’ Most Valuable Player awards on Thursday.

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