The World Series is underway which means it's time once again to hand out some player awards for The Bigs. This season's award winners didn't have much competition according to the voting totals, especially when it came to the Cy Young Award winners.
Milwaukee's Woody Hiller and Fargo's Sammy Pierce took home the AL and NL Cy Young Awards respectively in convincing fashion this season. Hiller, who compiled a 22-8 record with a 3.15 ERA and 167 strikeouts, tallied 23 of the possible 32 votes to capture his first Cy Young Award. The Dirtbags' Pierce also received 23 of a possible 32 votes to earn his first Cy Young Award for a season in which he went 20-7 with a 2.35 ERA and 202 strikeouts. Hiller and Pierce's awards marked the second straight season in which pitchers from Milwaukee and Fargo won the Cy Young Award. Last season, Milwaukee's Vin Solano and Fargo's Javier Henriquez took home the awards.
The MVP Award voting wasn't much closer. In the American League, Nashville's Gregg Black won his second MVP Award by receiving 19 votes. Black, who also won this year's Home Run Derby, posted a .335 batting average, 59 homeruns and 153 RBI. In the National League it was Chicago's Sean Simpson taking home the award with 20 votes. Simpson hit .343 this season with 46 homeruns and 134 RBI. The award was the first for Simpson and it also marked the first time that the National League MVP was not awarded to Arizona's Osvaldo Johnson.
The biggest runaway winner was Houston's Monte Duvall who won the NL Rookie of the Year Award by receiving 25 votes. Duvall hit .312 with 39 homeruns and 98 RBI in his rookie season. In the AL it was Nashville's Tony Stieb taking home the hardware with 13 votes. Stieb hit .326 with 22 homeruns and 81 RBI in his first full season in the major leagues.