The race in the National League is so hot it bleeds red, while there is no competition when determining the best American League pitcher.
It’s hard to believe that the regular season is almost over, as it feels like yesterday that Ubaldo Jimenez had his sub-1.00 ERA and Roy Halladay tossed his perfect game. The year has flown by, and as we enter the final week of the regular season it is impossible to avoid discussions of potential award winners. Today, we will focus on the Cy Young Award, as this was the “Year of the Pitcher” after all, and in addition to a couple of top-notch candidates in both leagues, there are a bevy of pitchers whose numbers may have merited more serious inclusion in another year. Unfortunately, discussions of the award tend to veer off in different directions because the award itself is perceived as ambiguous. Before getting into any conversation centering on either who will or who should win the award, who is supposed to get the award?
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Could the National League see its first pitcher win the MVP since 1968?
While Friday's review of the American League's leading candidates for the MVP Award was an exercise in elimination to get down to picking from a field best limited to the position-playing possibilities, the Senior Circuit's selections make for a much more difficult proposition. That's because the National League has three to five excellent choices from among its top starting pitchers, all of whom might be seen as outshining the league's best position players. Could the National League see its first pitcher win the MVP Award since Bob Gibson did so in 1968?
The votes are in and the announcement's been made, but how did one of the electors make his decision?
On Monday, I detailed how I went about voting for the NL Rookie of the Year. With Chris Coghlan something of a surprise winner and left off of my ballot, as I write this I'm curious to see how my Cy Young ballot comes out. Again, as I'm in an NL city (Cincinnati chapter), I vote for NL awards.
In preparing the annual top prospect list for Baseball Prospectus 2004, BP authors participated in the annual extended roundtable discussion of baseball's top prospects. The ranking and review process balanced translated statistics, scouting reports, and injury reports with the strong personal opinions of BP's finest…all with the goal of putting together the "best damn prospect list the world has ever seen." In Part I today we'll listen in on the discussion of the top prospects among pitchers, catchers, first basemen and second basemen. Parts II through IV will run Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We'll also unveil the final list Tuesday, with the Top 50 prospects (we've expanded from prior years' Top 40) revealed. Rany Jazayerli will be along to discuss the Top 50 list and the process that went into compiling it in Tuesday night's Chat.
Welcome to the first installment of Top 10 Prospects, Baseball Prospectus' weekly look at the 10 best prospects currently active in the minor leagues. Every week, David Cameron will look at those prospects who display the best combination of long-term potential, current performance, historical performance, and minimal risk. He'll also include a weekly list of Honorable Mentions, and Rising and Falling prospects. Dig in to find out who made the list.