Today’s Rookie of the Year Award kick off a week-plus of 2010′s biggest honors, with the Baseball Writers Association of America announcing the ROY, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player winners for each of the major leagues.
For Seattle Mariners fans, the only award worth discussing is probably Thursday’s American League Cy Young Award – which Felix Hernandez is likely to take home despite winning only 13 games last season. Voters today, thankfully, look at more than win totals and earned run average when they vote.
One of the best columnists in the country, Orange County’s Mark Whicker, wrote about the Cy Young Award, Felix and Bert Blyleven – whose 1977 season was a lot like that of Felix’s in 2010.
If Hernandez wins – and Whicker says he should – then a pitcher like Blyleven, who finished his career with 287 wins, should finally make the Hall of Fame. That’s the kind of impact not focusing only on victories might have in baseball.
Here’s the schedule for the 2010 Awards:
Today, NL and AL Rookie of the Year.
Tuesday: NL Cy Young Award.
Wednesday: NL and AL Manager of the Year.
Thursday: AL Cy Young
Next Monday: NL Most Valuable Player.
Next Tuesday: AL Most Valuable Player.
Before the announcements, give us your winners. We’re going to have a live chat tomorrow at 11 a.m. - at blog.thenewstribune/mariners - and among the topics is certain to be one Felix Hernandez. Please, join us with your thoughts and questions.