Category: Baseball Bloggers Alliance

Gibson And Maddon Win 2011 Connie Mack Award

 
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon were named the 2011 Connie Mack Award winners today by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.

Gibson was the BBA's unanimous choice for the 2011 NL Connie Mack Award.

Gibson took over an Arizona team that finished last in the National League West in 2010 and led them to a divisional title in his first year on the job.  Gibson’s Diamondbacks led all year long and finished a comfortable eight games ahead of defending World Champion San Francisco to move on to the postseason stage.
 
Voting was done before the Diamondbacks lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the National League Divisional Series.Gibson was a unanimous winner, scoring the top slot on all 21 ballots cast by the portion of the membership that voted on the National League award.  Ron Roenicke, whose Brewers defeated Gibson’s squad, finished second in the balloting, while St. Louis Cardinal manager Tony La Russa finished third.

Maddon was rewarded after leading his team to the largest September rally in history, leading his Rays from nine games back in the wild card race to passing up the Boston Red Sox on the last day.  As in the National League, voting did not take into account the Rays falling to the Texas Rangers in four games in the American League Divisional Series.

Maddon received the top billing on 22 of the 25 ballots cast for the American League voters, easily outpacing Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington.  Washington garnered the three first place votes that did not go to Maddon.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (22) 113
Jim Leyland, Detroit 48
Ron Washington, Texas (3) 37
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim 13
Joe Girardi, New York 9
Manny Acta, Cleveland 5
John Farrell, Toronto 1

National League
Kirk Gibson, Arizona (21) 105
Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee 39
Tony La Russa, St. Louis 16
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia 13
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh 7
Terry Collins, New York 5
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco 3
Freddi Gonzalez, Atlanta 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 316 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.

Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first through third 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.

American League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Baltimore Sports and Life (Baltimore)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
Baseball North (Toronto)
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Contract Year (Oakland)*
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Kings of Kauffman (Kansas City)*
Misc. Baseball (History)
Monkey With A Halo (Los Angeles of Anaheim)
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
North Dakota Twins Fan (Minnesota)
Old English D (Detroit)
The Rays Rant (Tampa Bay)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Seattle Mariners Musings (Seattle)
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Twins Trivia (Minnesota)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

National League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Appy Astros (Houston)
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Dugger Sports (Philadelphia)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
The Flagrant Fan (General)
I70 Baseball (St. Louis)
Left Coast Bias (San Diego)
Misc. Baseball (History)
On The Outside Corner (St. Louis)
Padres Trail (San Diego)
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
Rockies Woman (Colorado)
22 Gigantes (San Francisco)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

Prior Winners
2010:  Ron Washington, Texas; Bud Black, San Diego
2009:  Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The official website of the BBA is located at baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com.

 
The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.
 
Christopher Wenrich is a senior fantasy baseball contributor for BaseballDigest.com and can be reached at philliesmuse@yahoo.com.  You can follow him on Twitter @DuggerSports.

2011 BBA Awards: Connie Mack Award

October is a magical time of the year for baseball fans.  If you are lucky, you have the opportunity to see your favorite team contend for the World Series while you sit on the edge of your seat as postseason drama unfolds.  The month of October is also a time to reflect on regular season performances and determine who is worthy of winning awards.

As a National League representative of the The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I will unveil my votes for the BBA Awards for the National League and will also share the results once all voters’ votes are tabulated. 

We start off with the NL Connie Mack Award.  The Connie Mack Award is awarded to the manager adjudged to be the best in baseball.  My votes are as follows:

First place:  Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Kirk Gibson had the Midas touch with the Diamondbacks in 2011; the only thing he did not do was hit another memorable pinch-hit walkoff home run for them.

I believe it came as a surprise to many that the Diamondbacks finished first in the NL West (94-68) in the 2011 season.  The Diamondbacks were a team full of surprises and statistical oddities.

Nobody could have expected Ian Kennedy to finish the season with 21 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA.  The Diamondbacks’ top three hitters among those who qualified for a shot at the batting title were Justin Upton (.289 AVG), Miguel Montero (.282 AVG) and Ryan Roberts (a paltry .249 AVG).

Upton led the team with 88 RBIs; of the 11 MLB teams who failed to have a 90-RBI player, only the Diamondbacks reached the postseason.

The Diamondbacks finished last in their division in the 2010 season with a 65-97 record; the sudden turnaround in Gibson’s first full season as the team manager is impressive.

The turnaround is especially impressive because starting shortstop Stephen Drew missed 76 games with a season-ending injury; Drew last played on July 20.  The Diamondbacks appeared to be doomed for another losing season after an 11-15 start; however, Gibson maintained a positive attitude.  I believe his attitude fostered a winning attitude among the players and enabled them to play their way into a positive groove.  A manager’s attitude can have a great effect on a clubhouse.

If you were to observe the offensive statistics of many of the players, you may be asking yourself, “How the heck did they win 94 games?”  I am not taking anything away from the players, but I believe Gibson deserves credit for his team’s surprising results.  Gibson is my choice for the 2011 NL Connie Mack Award.

Second place:  Ron Roenicke (Milwaukee Brewers)

Ron Roenicke and the Brewers took the NL Central title from the favored Reds and Cardinals.

Although the Brewers (96-66) winning the NL Central did not come as a complete surprise, it was still somewhat unexpected to many.

Although the Brewers were talented and competitive, many baseball pundits expected the high-scoring Cincinnati Reds or St. Louis Cardinals to win the division.

Voting for managers is more difficult than voting for players because you cannot quantify a manager’s effect on a team unless you correlate the W-L column to a team’s managing.

I find Roenicke worthy of a second place vote because his Brewers were able to take the division title from the Reds and Cardinals.

If memory serves me correctly, the Brewers are the first team in baseball to win a division title in both the AL and NL (Brewers last won a division title in the AL in 1980).

Third place:  Fredi Gonzalez (Atlanta Braves)

Despite many obstacles, Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves had a tremendous season prior to their September collapse.

Your future Hall-of-Famer third baseman (Chipper Jones) misses 36 games with an injury, your top prospect and future superstar (Jason Heyward) misses 34 games and sports a .227 AVG; meanwhile, your all-star catcher (Brian McCann) misses 34 games and has an off year.

Do you think the above scenarios sound like a recipe for disaster?  It gets worse:  your top free agent acquisition (Dan Uggla) is hitting .185 at the All-Star break.

For all statistical intents and purposes, the Braves were a team doomed to failure.  Surprisingly, the Braves gave the Philadelphia Phillies a run for their money in a tight NL East race for much of the season.

Rookies Freddie Freeman (first base) and Craig Kimbrel (closer) played a large role in the Braves’ success this season.  Uggla also had a strong second half (.296 AVG after All-Star break) and led the Braves with 36 home runs and 82 RBIs.

Many will remember the 2011 Braves for their monumental September collapse in which they blew a nine-game lead over the Cardinals in the MLB Wild Card race; I choose to remember the 2011 Braves for their resilience and their ability to compete with the NL’s best for much of the season in spite of the obstacles they had to overcome.

One can only wonder what they could have accomplished if Uggla hadn’t slumped so badly and if Heyward had been healthy and productive this season.  Despite their September failure, Gonzalez deserves credit for the Braves’ resiliency and competitiveness; therefore, I find Gonzalez worthy of a third place vote.

Although we cannot directly quantify a manager’s effect on a baseball team, I like to correlate their performances as managers to whether or not a team exceeded its expectations.  I believe good managers are those who are lucky enough to make the right decisions at the right time and bring out the best in their players.  These three managers helped their teams exceed expectations and deserve recognition for it.

You can visit the official BBA website by clicking here.  You can also follow the BBA on Twitter at @baseballblogs.

Christopher Wenrich is a senior fantasy baseball contributor for BaseballDigest.com and can be reached at philliesmuse@yahoo.com.  You can follow him on Twitter @DuggerSports.

My 2011 BBA All-Stars

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I participate each year in several voting sessions during the course of a baseball season.  It is now time to unveil my BBA votes for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.

National League

C:  Brian McCann

1B:  Joey Votto
2B:  Brandon Phillips
3B:  Placido Polanco
SS:  Jose Reyes

OF:  Matt Kemp
OF:  Ryan Braun
OF:  Matt Holliday

SP:  Roy Halladay

NL Rationale:  McCann seemed to be an easy choice to me, as he has the best offensive statistics among NL catchers at this time.  First base was somewhat a tough decision as I contemplated between Votto and Gaby Sanchez.  Both have similar numbers; however, Votto got my vote because he is heating up again while Sanchez has cooled off lately; furthermore, Votto’s .407 OBP is superior to Sanchez’s .376 OBP.

I reluctantly voted for Polanco at third base because he is in a major slump at this time.  He has good numbers with a .289 AVG and 39 RBIs; however, his hitting is not as hot as it once was.  Polanco hit .398 in April, .248 in May and is currently hitting .207 in June.  Nevertheless, he is one of the best contact hitters in baseball when his game is on.  He is also an excellent defensive player.  No NL third baseman really has mind-blowing numbers this season, so Polanco gets lucky and gets my vote.

Jose Reyes was an easy choice at shortstop.  Despite the New York Mets not being contenders in the NL East, I believe Reyes deserves to be mentioned as a possible NL MVP candidate this season.  At this time, Reyes is hitting .341 with 61 runs and 28 stolen bases.

Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun were obvious choices for me in the outfield.  The difficulty was selecting a third NL outfielder.  I originally wanted to cast my vote for Lance Berkman; however, Berkman’s hitting has cooled off recently.  His fellow St. Louis Cardinals teammate Matt Holliday has been a much more consistent hitter this season and is the focal point of the Cardinals’ offense while Pujols is on the DL.  Despite an earlier trip to the DL, Holliday has a .330 AVG with nine home runs and 39 RBIs.

Roy Halladay gets my vote for the starting pitcher job.  In the past few weeks, I felt the NL pitcher spot was a two-man race between Halladay and Hamels.  After their most recent outings, Halladay edges Hamels in virtually every stat and is the NL leader in strikeouts; Halladay also has five complete games on the season.

American League

C:  Victor Martinez

1B:  Adrian Gonzalez
2B:  Robinson Cano
3B:  Alex Rodriguez
SS:  Jhonny Peralta

OF:  Jacoby Ellsbury
OF:  Jose Bautista
OF:  Curtis Granderson

DH:  David Ortiz

SP:  Justin Verlander

AL Rationale:  although Victor Martinez splits time between catching and serving as the designated hitter, Martinez gets my vote for the catcher spot in the AL.  Martinez currently has a .333 AVG, six home runs and 44 RBIs.  No other AL catcher can match him in production at this time.

Adrian Gonzalez was THE most obvious choice for any all-star position on either team this season.  Gonzalez is having a monstrous season and should be a unanimous choice for the AL MVP if the season were over today.  Gonzalez currently has a .361 AVG with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs.  Just as many expected when he was traded to the Red Sox, Gonzalez is putting up video game-like statistics in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.  Should Gonzalez remain hot, there is a very real possibility of him winning the triple crown (a feat last accomplished by Carl Yastrzemski in 1967).

Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez were obvious choices for me at second and third base.  Cano has no competition in the AL at the position.  Although Adrian Beltre put up similar numbers to Rodriguez, Rodriguez has the higher AVG and gets my vote.

Shortstop is where it gets interesting:  I originally planned to vote for Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians; however, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta got my vote.  Peralta has a higher AVG and his power numbers are similar to Cabrera, despite having many fewer at-bats than Cabrera.

Jose Bautista was an easy selection for the AL outfield.  With the exception of Adrian Gonzalez, Bautista has been the best hitter in baseball this season.  The Blue Jays left fielder is currently hitting .325 with 23 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury also get my votes for the outfield.  Offensively, Granderson has been the complete package for the Yankees this season.  Granderson is currently hitting .276 with 21 home runs, 55 RBIs, 68 runs and 12 stolen bases.  Ellsbury is hitting .303 with nine home runs, 39 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.

David Ortiz was an easy selection for the designated hitter slot in the AL for two reasons:  (1) I took Victor Martinez out of consideration for it by voting him to be the catcher and (2) Ortiz has the numbers to back up the vote.  Ortiz is curently hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs.  He also has 20 doubles, a .391 OBP and .972 OPS.  Ortiz may hit .300 or higher for the first time since the 2007 season.  Ortiz is turning back the clock and hitting once again like an AL MVP candidate; unfortunately for Ortiz, an MVP will be impossible to win this season if teammate Adrian Gonzalez keeps hitting in Ruthian fashion.

Selecting a starting pitcher for the AL was no easy task.  I juggled between Justin Verlander (10 W, 2.38 ERA, 0.84 WHIP), James Shields (8 W, 2.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) and Josh Beckett (6 W, 1.86 ERA, 0.92 WHIP).  Although all three pitchers have superb numbers, Beckett’s downfall is that he had not pitched nearly as many innings as Shields or Verlander.

In the end, Verlander got my vote because he not only tossed a no-hitter (the second of his career), but flirted with a no-hitter several times this season.  Furthermore, his 0.84 WHIP is superior to Shields’ 0.92 WHIP.  Simply put, Verlander has been more dominating than any other AL pitcher this year.

Christopher Wenrich is a senior fantasy baseball contributor for BaseballDigest.com and can be reached at philliesmuse@yahoo.com.  You can follow him on Twitter @DuggerSports.

Phillies Bloggers’ Opinions Varied

Recently, I and several other Philadelphia Phillies bloggers were recently interviewed by Daniel Shoptaw (founder of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance).  Daniel recently uploaded the results of his interview with these bloggers on his own blog.  You can read the interview at the following:

http://www.cardinal70.com/playing-pepper/playing-pepper-2011-philadelph.php

Upon reading my own answers and the others of my fellow bloggers, I found it quite interesting how varied our opinions can be on certain issues (the bullpen, for instance).  Nevertheless, I believe a strong and healthy pitching rotation will only enhance the effectiveness of the Phillies bullpen.

Enjoy reading the interview and each writer’s answers!

2010 BBA Day

Today is “BBA Day” in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  The organization started in April of 2009 and currently has well over 200 members.  Please click here to read an interview with BBA founder Daniel Shoptaw.

I joined the BBA during the 2010 MLB season.  I was unaware of the BBA’s existence at first.  I was playing in a fantasy baseball league with some colleagues who happened to invite me to join the BBA.  Upon joining the BBA, I was impressed with the detailed plans of the voting process for awards.

I like the mutual respect bloggers have for one another in the BBA.  We are all writers with a common interest:  our passion for baseball.  The quality of the written work varies from blog to blog.  There are some bloggers who may not have what one may define as a great understanding and knowledge of the intricacies of baseball, and some may not have polished writing skills; however, their passion for baseball is evident.  They voice their opinions proudly, and I respect them for it.  Please do not take this to mean that the BBA lacks great writers.  There are great writers in the BBA with a great understanding of the game.

When I first joined the BBA, it was my hope that the BBA’s existence would help my own blog get more hits.  Thankfully, it has received more hits.  I think the BBA is a great road for writers to get more exposure that may lead to writing opportunities in the future.  In fact, some members of the BBA collaborated together and created their own new sites/projects.  One such project which springs to mind is i70baseball.  I take joy in seeing the development of writers and their opportunities, as well as their mutual respect and teamwork.

I truly appreciate what the BBA has done for my blog.  I am proud to be a member of the BBA and I hope they are also proud to have me as a member.  Some writers may be more tech-savvy than I am, as they are quite adept at using “RSS”, “trackbacks”, “pingbacks” and other technological jargon I am not entirely familiar with.

The ever-growing membership of the BBA is somewhat of a blessing and a curse.  I am pleased to see membership growing and seeing more writers receive the exposure they deserve; however, the curse of such a large membership is that nobody has the time to read each and every blog.

Nevertheless, I like to believe I have a small hand in helping other blogs get readers when I post a BBA Press Release.  The Press Releases – especially those which announce the voting results – have links to each blog which registered a vote.  Many thanks to Daniel Shoptaw and others at the BBA who prepare the Press Releases and enclose the links.  Members such as myself are fortunate in that we only have to copy and paste the Press Release, and the links are already prepared for each voting blog.

I have enjoyed my time in the BBA thus far.  I wish Mr. Shoptaw well and hope his visions and dreams for the BBA come true.  He is a genuine and sincere person who is unafraid to extend a helping hand and answer what questions you may have.

I appreciate the BBA’s existence and what it has done for me.  The BBA helps give a voice to the voiceless.  It allows writers and fans everywhere to see how similar and how different our thoughts are in comparison to the BBWA and in comparison to other fans and writers alike.

After reading and learning more about the BBA, I hope you readers understand that the stereotypes of bloggers in general are as foolish as any other ill-conceived steroetype.  While it is true that the quality of the written work varies from blog to blog, there are some excellent writers with a great understanding of baseball in the BBA.

Frankly, I find the knowledgeable BBA writers tend to be more open-minded about a player’s performance than some BBWA writers.  Some members of the BBWA place too much emphasis on a hitter’s home run totals or a pitcher’s win totals in their postseason award voting and Hall of Fame voting.  I am not grandstanding against the BBWA’s writers and bashing them; I am merely pointing out my own observation that some bloggers show more common sense and less bias than some BBWA members.

The stereotypical train of thought that fans are clueless in matters of baseball needs to end.  While I do agree that there are many fans who do not know what they are talking about, there are plenty in this day and age who do have knowledge.  Thanks to the rise of fantasy baseball, the rise of the internet and social media, fans in general are more knowledgeable about the game than ever before.

Christopher Wenrich is a fantasy baseball columnist for BaseballDigest.com.

Hamilton And Votto Win 2010 Stan Musial Award

HAMILTON, VOTTO TAKE HOME STAN MUSIAL AWARD

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance concluded their award season today by naming the best player in each league for 2010.  When all the votes were tallied, two men were comfortably ahead.

Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hit 32 home runs and fashioned an OPS of 1.044 while leading the Rangers into the playoffs, won the award in the American League.  Hamilton received sixteen first place votes and 261 points overall, which put him ahead of his nearest competitor, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, by roughly 70 points.

In the National League, helping Cincinnati to an unexpected divisional title paid off for first baseman Joey Votto.  After a season where he cracked 37 home runs and posted a 1.024 OPS, Votto also received sixteen first-place votes toward his total of 252 points.  He also denied St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols the chance to win back-to-back BBA awards.  Pujols was selected as MVP by the BBA in 2009, but placed second with 197 points in this year’s voting.

Winners of other Alliance awards also received votes in the Musial balloting.  In the American League, Walter Johnson winner Felix Hernandez received 21 points, while Goose Gossage selection Rafael Soriano had a single mention.  On the senior circuit, Walter Johnson winner Roy Halladay placed fourth in the voting with 101 points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Josh Hamilton, Texas (16) 261
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (4) 188
Robinson Cano, New York 158
Jose Bautista, Toronto (1) 146
Adrian Beltre, Boston 107
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (1) 102
Paul Konerko, Chicago 65
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay 56
Joe Mauer, Minnesota 50
Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland 44
Felix Hernandez, Seattle 21
Vladimir Guerrero, Texas 13
Justin Morneau, Minnesota 12
Delmon Young, Minnesota 10
Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas 8
CC Sabathia, New York 8
Alex Rodriguez, New York 7
Clay Buchholz, Boston 4
Mark Teixeria, New York 3
Jon Lester, Boston 2
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle 2
Nick Swisher, New York 2
Jim Thome, Minnesota 2
Kevin Youkilis, Boston 2
Brett Gardner, New York 1
David Ortiz, Boston 1
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay 1

National League
Joey Votto, Cincinnati (16) 252
Albert Pujols, St. Louis (3) 197
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado (1) 118
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (1) 101
Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 98
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado 98
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 93
Matt Holliday, St. Louis 84
Aubrey Huff, San Francisco 32
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 17
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 16
Josh Johnson, Florida 16
Dan Uggla, Florida 16
Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 16
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 13
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 10
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 9
Martin Prado, Atlanta 7
Jason Heyward, Atlanta 6
Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee 5
David Wright, New York 5
Adam Dunn, Washington 4
Kelly Johnson, Arizona 4
Andres Torres, San Francisco 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 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through tenth 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.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Bottom Line (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
Twinkie Talk (Minnesota)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Infield Fly (Toronto)
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

National League
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Marlin Maniac (Florida)
Marlins Diehards (Florida)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia)
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Pitchers Hit Eighth (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
22gigantes (San Francisco)*
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

Prior Winners:  2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

Halladay And Hernandez Win BBA 2010 Walter Johnson Award

HALLADAY, HERNANDEZ OVERWHELMING WINNERS OF WALTER JOHNSON AWARD
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 a 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.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
Detroit Tigers Scorecard Blog (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
Twins Target (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Sodo Mojo (Seattle)
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Prior Winners:  2009: Zach Greinke, Kansas City; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

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