Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Albert Pujols wins 2nd NL MVP Award

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who had a remarkably productive season despite playing with a painful right elbow that required off-season surgery, was voted the National League Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career in balloting by the BBWAA. Pujols, who previously won the award…


Cliff Lee wins Indians’ 2nd straight Cy Young

Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians was elected the American League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the BBWAA. It marked the second consecutive year and third time overall that a Cleveland pitcher was honored. CC Sabathia won last year. The other Indians winner was Gaylord Perry in 1972….


Tim Lincecum wins NL Cy Young Award

Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants was elected the National League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the BBWAA. It marked only the second time in the 53-season history of the voting that a Giants pitcher was honored. The other was lefthander Mike McCormick in 1967, the first…


Joe Maddon honored after managing surprising Rays

Joe Maddon, who guided the Tampa Bay Rays to the American League pennant one year after having the worst record in the major leagues, was elected the AL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. He is the first Tampa Bay manager honored with the award, which the…


Lou Piniella wins NL Manager of the Year

Lou Piniella, who led the Chicago Cubs to their second consecutive National League Central title and the best record in the league, was named NL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. It was the third Manager of the Year Award for Piniella, who won twice in the…


Evan Longoria named AL’s top rookie

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was a unanimous choice as the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award. He became the first player in Tampa Bay’s 11 seasons to win a BBWAA award. Longoria, 23, was listed first on all 28 ballots submitted…


Cubs’ Geovany Soto wins NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was the overwhelming National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA. He was the only player named on all ballots. Soto, 25, was first on 31 and second on one of the 32 ballots cast by two writers…


Jimmy Rollins makes 2 Phillies in a row to win NL MVP

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the offensive and defensive catalyst for a club that reached post-season play for the first time in 14 years, was elected the National League Most Valuable Player in a tight race against Colorado Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday in balloting by the BBWAA. Of the…


Alex Rodriguez ties AL record by winning 3rd MVP

Alex Rodriguez, who enjoyed an abundantly productive 2007 season in an already formidable career, was elected Most Valuable Player in the American League for the third time in balloting by the BBWAA. “A-Rod” became the fifth AL player to win the award thrice and the ninth overall combining leagues to…


Jake Peavy wins NL Cy Young unanimously

San Diego Padres righthander Jake Peavy, who won the triple crown of pitching by leading his league in victories, earned run average and strikeouts, was a unanimous choice as the National League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the BBWAA. Peavy, 26, was listed first on all 32 ballots…