Tim Lincecum repeated as winner of the Cy Young for the senior circuit, while Zack Grienke took home the honors for the AL. There’s no argument from me about the results in either case, but it is bizarre that Lincecum got fewer first-place votes than Adam Wainwright. Anyway, that’s two CYs in three years in the bigs for the 25-year-old Lincecum, who got paid 650k for his work in ’09.
Mike Scioscia won the MOY. Texas won 11 of 19 against the Halos. Ergo, Ron Washington is the best manager in the American League. Also, there are no un-fake names that are as bad-ass as “Ron Washington.”
Derek Jeter won more than half of all other major baseball awards available. Along with winning a Gold Glove at shortstop AND second base (a major-league first, that) he snagged the Silver Surfer or something, which was certainly expected, he being Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four Core. Since you didn’t ask: Mariano=Human Torch, Jorge=Thing, and Andy Pettitte’s confession of HGH usage is the surprisingly Invisible Woman. Best of all, Mr. Fantastic took home the coveted “Platinum Watchy”, which is given to the player who is consistently firstest and bestest in reaching the rail from the bench when someone does something somewhere that causes camera operators to point their cameras at the bench rail to find out who is watchiest.
Who is your pick for the AL MVP? I’m picking the umpires.