Voting much closer as Clifton edges Martin for AL Cy Young Award
It's not like there isn't any good pitching in the National League. The NL is home to iconic names like Salmon, Dunwoody, Pierce, Eusebio and Michaels among others. It's just that, year in and year out, Fargo's Javier Henriquez puts up ridiculous numbers that can't be matched and this season was no different.
League owners voted Henriquez the National League's Cy Young Award winner for the third consecutive season. Henriquez, who received 22 of a possible 32 votes, has now won four National League Cy Young Awards in his six full major league seasons. This season Henriquez led the majors in wins (22) and ERA (2.50). in 33 starts. In addition to the Cy Young Award, Henriquez was also rewarded with the season 7 Silver Slugger Award for pitchers. Henriquez batted .253 with 8 RBI in 87 at bats.
The American League Cy Young voting was much, much closer than the NL. When the dust settled, it was Monterrey's Patrick Clifton, who had a career season, edged out Helena's Louie Martin, 13 votes to 10, to win his first AL Cy Young Award. Clifton went 19-8 for the Sultans with a 3.01 ERA in 32 starts. Clifton also made his first AL All-Star Team this season.
Home Run Derby champion Monte Duvall took home this season's National League MVP Award. The Houston third baseman led the major leagues with 66 home runs while batting .293 and driving in 137 RBI. Duvall beat out San Juan's Calvin Chang and Salt Lake City's Jordan Newfield to win his first MVP.
In the American League, owners gave the MVP Award to Seattle's Jacque Puffer. Puffer, a former number one overall pick, batted .297 with 43 home runs and 122 RBI in his third full major league season to take home the award. Puffer also posted a .392 on base percentage and stole 47 bases.
Juan Valdes was the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for Salem that saw the team trade its two aces. Valdes took home the NL Rookie of the Year Award by receiving 13 of 32 votes. Valdes batted .301 with 40 home runs and 112 RBI for his rookie campaign.
Boise designated hitter Santiago Martin won the Rookie of the Year over in the American League by receiving 19 of a possible 32 votes. Martin batted .310, hit 42 home runs and knocked in 99 RBI.