October 31, 2005
Internet Baseball Awards
2005 American League WinnersFor complete results, click here.
It's time to announce the winners of the 14th annual Internet Baseball Awards. More than 1,300 cyberspace baseball fans participated in this effort to honor those players and managers whose performance in 2005 were most deserving of honors.
The point system for the balloting was as follows:
American League Most Valuable Player
Rnk Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 B P 1. Alex Rodriguez 943 248 53 30 17 4 4 1 1 1 1302 16212 2. David Ortiz 318 706 164 62 26 12 7 6 2 3 1306 12821 3. Vladimir Guerrero 18 64 226 267 207 114 79 36 28 9 1048 6806 4. Travis Hafner 21 79 272 245 155 76 51 32 23 12 966 6564 5. Manny Ramirez 7 69 218 200 182 90 92 56 35 32 981 6043 6. Mark Teixeira 6 26 68 103 118 116 85 70 54 25 671 3554 7. Mariano Rivera 10 42 75 57 68 65 47 32 30 34 460 2628 8. Johan Santana 1 8 39 54 62 63 44 24 30 16 341 1787 9. Paul Konerko 6 9 27 50 61 43 51 45 25 30 347 1731 10. Mike Young 1 14 53 34 55 34 47 36 51 24 349 1724Complete results for AL MVP
Alex Rodriguez emerged victorious in the 2005 Internet AL MVP Award balloting, winning the fourth Internet MVP award of his career by capturing almost 70% of the first-place votes from the electorate. His victory marks the eighth straight year he has finished among the top eleven in Internet AL MVP voting. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continued his recent success by finishing a strong second and was placed first on over 23% of the ballots. 2005 marks Ortiz' third straight finish in the top ten; after never appearing on any ballot before 2003, he finished seventh that year and fifth in 2004.
Last year's Internet AL MVP, Vladimir Guerrero, finished in third place, marking the eighth straight year he has finished in the top twenty in Internet MVP voting, and the fourth time he has finished in the top five. Travis Hafner, who first appeared in Internet AL MVP voting last year with a thirteenth place finish, vaulted into fourth place this year. Hafner and David Ortiz' high rankings mark the first time two designated hitters have ever finished in the top five in Internet MVP voting. Manny Ramirez finished fifth, marking the eighth straight year he has finished in the top ten; he becomes the first player in Internet MVP voting history to do that, hurling past his and Mike Piazza's old record of seven straight top ten finishes. Mark Teixeira, who finished sixth, was the highest votegetter on a non-contender.
Mariano Rivera finished in seventh place, the highest ranking for a relief pitcher in AL Internet MVP voting since Dennis Eckersley's fifth-place finish in 1992. Johan Santana, who finished eighth, was the highest finishing starting pitcher for the second year in a row. Paul Konerko, in ninth place, was the only member of the White Sox to finish in the top twenty.
American League Cy Young
Rnk Name 1 2 3 4 5 B P 1. Johan Santana 750 197 99 37 21 1104 9506 2. Mariano Rivera 228 251 177 95 67 818 5274 3. Bartolo Colon 126 264 246 156 78 870 4884 4. Mark Buehrle 53 243 233 173 82 784 3997 5. Kevin Millwood 13 78 108 121 91 411 1670Complete results for AL Cy Young
Johan Santana is the winner of the Internet AL Cy Young voting for the second year in a row. While Santana did not overwhelm the other candidates at the ballot box as much as he did in 2004, he still won by a wide margin, picking up more than 61% of the first-place votes cast.
Mariano Rivera finished a strong second with over 18% of the first-place votes; 2005 marks the fourth time Rivera has finished in the top three in Internet AL Cy Young voting. Bartolo Colon of the Angels finished third; he had previously finished fifth in 1999, eighth in 2000 and 2002, sixteenth in 2001, and eighteenth in 2003. Mark Buehrle's fourth-place showing marks his highest finish ever and his third time finishing in the top 10. Kevin Millwood had the second best result in Internet Cy Young voting of his career by finishing fifth; he finished third in the NL in 1999. Former Internet AL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was the leading candidate for this year's award in 2005 when his season was ended by a line drive on July 8th; he ended up in sixth place. Six time Internet Cy Young winner Randy Johnson was not named on a single ballot for only the third time since 1993. Improbably, the Red Sox were able to make the playoffs without having a pitcher who ranked higher than eighteenth, which is where Tim Wakefield placed.
American League Rookie of the Year
Rnk Name 1 2 3 B P 1. Huston Street 468 245 134 847 3209 2. Joe Blanton 183 160 110 453 1505 3. Jonny Gomes 119 197 165 481 1351 4. Tadahito Iguchi 150 132 109 391 1255 5. Robinson Cano 78 119 132 329 879Complete results for AL Rookie of the Year
The 2005 AL rookie crop was one of the deepest classes in the history of these awards, and the results of the Internet AL Rookie of the Year balloting confirms that, with 28 different players and pitchers receiving a first place vote. The winner, however, was pretty clear to the 40% of voters who gave Huston Street their first-place vote. Street became closer after Octavio Dotel was injured and finished with 23 saves in 27 opportunities; his performance helped lead the A's into an unexpected pennant race in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Joe Blanton, a righthanded starter for the Athletics, finished second, also helping that team stay in a pennant race by finishing in a tie for second in the league in quality starts. Blanton stayed under the radar for most of the season and will certainly finish much lower in the BBWAA voting for this award.
Devil Rays outfielder Jonny Gomes finished third and was clearly the best hitting rookie of the year with a .372 OBP and a .534 SLG. Gomes was a little old for a rookie and was not expected to perform at such a high level at the plate, so it'll be interesting to see where he fits into a very crowded Devil Rays outfield in 2006. Tadahito Iguchi, a relatively unknown Japanese player in the United States who took a significant pay cut to come and play here, finished fourth; he was an above average second baseman without any glaring weakness for the World Champion Chicago White Sox. Robinson Cano, the young Yankees second baseman who came up in May to replace the awful Tony Womack, earned a fifth-place finish by providing the Yankees with some youth and some pop. Gustavo Chacin, who threw 203 innings while posting a 3.72 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays, finished sixth. 19 year old Mariners sensation Felix Hernandez finished seventh after coming up in August and posting a terrific 2.67 ERA in 84 1/3 innings while striking out 77 batters and walking only 23. Devil Rays starter Scott Kazmir, whose 2004 trade to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano will never be understood by Mets fans, placed eighth after posting a 3.77 ERA in 186 innings despite walking 100 batters.
American League Manager of the Year
Rnk Name 1 2 3 B P 1. Ozzie Guillen 497 276 119 892 3432 2. Eric Wedge 413 296 129 838 3082 3. Joe Torre 106 167 165 438 1196 4. Mike Scioscia 55 188 169 412 1008 5. Ken Macha 40 130 121 291 711Complete results for AL Manager of the Year
In the closest race in this year's Internet Baseball Awards, loquacious White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen won the Internet AL Manager of the Year Award by leading the Sox into a postseason which ended with a Sox World Series victory. Guillen earned over 42% of the first-place votes placed after finishing tenth in the voting after his first year as the White Sox manager in 2004.
Eric Wedge hadn't been very popular in previous Internet Manager of the Year voting either, finishing ninth in 2003 and seventh in 2004, but after leading the young Indians through an exciting pennant race with the White Sox that lasted until the final weekend of the season, he finished just behind Guillen in this year's voting after capturing more than 35% of the available first-place votes. Joe Torre, who endured perhaps his most turbulent season as Yankees manager but was still able to lead the team to the AL East title, finished third; he's now finished in the top five in seven of the last eight years. 2002 Internet AL Manager of the Year Mike Scioscia finished fourth while leading the Angels to the AL West title, while 2004 winner Buck Showalter fell to seventh place in the 2005 balloting.
We'll announce the National League winners tomorrow.
To see past winners, check out the IBA history page.