Washington rookie Leonard ends Fargo's hold on NL Cy Young, nabs ROY
The National League Most Valuable Player Award came down to a three way race where two of the contenders are quite familiar with the award. But it was Houston 3B Monte Duvall who was awarded with his second straight NL MVP this week, defeating Trenton's Calvin Chang and Salt Lake City's Vic James. Duvall received 10 out of a possible 32 votes while Chang and James each received 8 votes.
Duvall's numbers were off his career averages almost across the board this season but he still managed to smash 49 homeruns, down from his career best of 66 last season. Chang and James both had better OPS numbers and much higher batting averages than Duvall, but voters sided with Duvall's outstanding power numbers. Duvall led the NL in slugging percentage, Chang led the NL in on base percentage and James led the NL in batting average.
The American League MVP vote came down to a couple of guys who had career seasons and it was just about as close as the NL vote. In the end it was Boston's Ryan Snyder edging Seattle's Jack Hunt by three votes for his first MVP Award.
Snyder, who received 14 votes, set career highs in batting average (.328), on base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.592), doubles (38), and triples (9) while Hunt, who received 11 votes, set career highs in batting average (.325), on base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.551), doubles (42), stolen bases (39) and tied a career high in homeruns with 30.
For the first time since season 4, someone other than Javier Henriquez took home the NL Cy Young Award and, for the first time since season 1, it was someone other than a Fargo Dirtbag taking home the award. Washington rookie Carter Leonard won the NL Cy Young Award with 14 votes, defeating Trenton's Dave Dunwoody who finished second with 9 votes (the above mentioned Henriquez finished fifth with just two votes).
Leonard led Washington to the franchise's first NLCS by posting a 20-2 record with a 2.00 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 30 starts while also winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award (by receiving a whopping 23 of 32 votes), becoming the first player in the history of The Bigs to win both awards in the same season.
The American League Cy Young vote wasn't quite as close as Anaheim's Mateo Batista ran away with the award, receiving 18 first place votes. Batista had a career year in his fifth big league season, posting a 17-4 record with a 2.43 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and three complete games in 33 starts. Seattle's Marty Lane finished second in the voting with 8 votes.
The AL Rookie of the Year voting was just as lopsided as the NL voting as Boise's Barry McEnroe won in a landslide by receiving 24 votes. McEnroe hit .349 this season with a .426 on base percentage and a .605 slugging percentage while hitting 33 homeruns and knocking in 107 RBI.