Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Indians skipper Eric Wedge wins AL Manager of the Year

Eric Wedge, who piloted the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and shared with the Boston Red Sox the best record in the majors in 2007, was elected AL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. He is the first Cleveland manager honored with the award,…


Diamondbacks’ Bob Melvin wins Manager of the Year

Bob Melvin, who guided the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 90-victory season and first place in the National League West, was elected NL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. Melvin was named first on 19 of 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, second on…


CC Sabathia ends Indians’ Cy Young drought

C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians was elected the American League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the BBWAA. It marked only the second time in the 52-season history of the voting that a Cleveland pitcher was honored. The other was Gaylord Perry in 1972. Perry won a second…


Ryan Braun narrowly wins NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun was elected the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA in a very close vote over Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Braun, 24 next week, was listed first in on 17 of 32 ballots cast by…


Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia wins AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was an overwhelming choice as the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in voting by the BBWAA. Pedroia, 24, was listed first on 24 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city and…


Justin Morneau narrowly wins AL MVP

First baseman Justin Morneau, whose clutch hitting helped the Minnesota Twins overcome a 12-game deficit in mid-July to go on and win the American League Central title, was elected Most Valuable Player in a tight race with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in balloting by the BBWAA. Morneau, who…


Ryan Howard wins MVP in his 2nd season

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who got his major-league career off to a strong start by winning the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, was honored in 2006 by being elected the National League Most Valuable Player in balloting by the BBWAA. Of the 32 ballots…


Johan Santana wins 2nd unanimous Cy Young

Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins was a unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award in balloting by the BBWAA. It marked the second time in the past three years that Santana has won this award by a unanimous vote. Santana was listed first on all 28 ballots…


After leading young Marlins, Joe Girardi wins Manager of the Year

Joe Girardi, who had a Florida Marlins team with a $12-million payroll and a roster loaded with rookies fighting for a wild-card berth in mid-September, was voted the National League Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. Girardi was named first on 18 of 32 ballots submitted by…


Jim Leyland wins 3rd Manager of the Year

Jim Leyland, who directed the Detroit Tigers into post-season play for the first time in 19 years and ended a franchise-worst stretch of 12 losing seasons, was elected American League Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA. Leyland, 61, was the only manager listed on all 28 ballots…