Today’s Baseball Bloggers Alliance ballot is for our version of the Pitcher of the Year Award, the Walter Johnson Award.
The Award is named after Johnson who was one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball history while playing for the Washington Senators and later managing both the Senators and Cleveland Indians from 1907 until 1927. Ranking up 417 career wins with a 2.17 ERA, The Big Train is a fitting player for our award to be named after.
The BBA is comprised of nearly 300 baseball blogs and will shortly announce the winners, but first the votes must be cast. As chapter president of the Yankees chapter, I have collected and will announce the votes of the Yankees blogs that are members of the BBA. There are 13 eligible Yankee blogs that vote and our final decision counts as two votes in the overall BBA voting for each award.
Here are the eligible Yankees blogs that voted:
- Bronx Baseball Daily
- Subway Squawkers
- Yanks Go Yard
- Lady At The Bat
- lenNY’s Yankees Blog
- Double G Sports
- It’s About The Money
- The Chuck Knoblog
- Lady Loves Pinstripes
Here is how they voted:
- 1st place: CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
- 2nd place: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
- 3rd place: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
- 4th place: Cliff Lee, Texas Rangers
- 5th place: Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox
Also receiving votes were Jon Lester of the Red Sox, Francisco Liriano of the Twins, Jared Weaver of the Angels, Trevor Cahill of the Athletics, Justin Verlander of the Tigers, and C.J. Wilson of the Rangers.
Ultimately we are a pack of homers, but it was an extremely close vote with CC just barely edging out Hernandez. Fourth, fifth, and sixth place were also extremely close with Lee, Buchholz, and Lester all within two points of each other.
We still have one more award to vote on, the Stan Musial Award which is our version of the Batter of the Year award. Stay tuned for that.