Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Brandon Webb wins NL Cy Young

Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Brandon Webb, who tied for the league lead in victories and shutouts, won the National League Cy Young Award in balloting by the BBWAA. Of 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, Webb was listed first on 15, second on seven and third on…


Hanley Ramirez wins tight race for NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was elected the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA in a close vote over Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Ramirez, 21, who batted .292 with 46 doubles, 11 triples, 17 home runs, 59 RBI and…


Justin Verlander wins AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Justin Verlander, who was among the league leaders in the major pitching categories, was named the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in voting by the BBWAA. Verlander, 21, was listed first on 26 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each…


Bruce Sutter elected to Hall of Fame

Bruce Sutter, who revolutionized the split-fingered fastball and was among the first of the closing relief pitcher specialists, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Jan. 10 by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting verified by Ernst & Young. He will be inducted into the Hall…


Albert Pujols finally breaks through to win MVP

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who in his first four seasons in the major leagues finished second twice, third and fourth in National League Most Valuable Player voting, finally made it to the top with his victory in the 2005 election. Pujols, whose slugging helped the Cardinals to…


Alex Rodriguez wins 2nd MVP in 3 years

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who set a league record for home runs in a season by a third baseman and broke a 68-year-old club mark for home runs in a season by a right-handed batter, was named the American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers’…



Bobby Cox hauls in 3rd Manager of the Year award

Bobby Cox, who commanded the Atlanta Braves to an unprecedented 14th consecutive division title, was elected National League Manager of the Year in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cox, 64, was honored for the fourth time, tying Tony La Russa for most victories in this category, and…


Ozzie Guillen named Manager of the Year

Ozzie Guillen, who guided the Chicago White Sox to the best record in the American League, was elected AL Manager of the Year in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Guillen, 41, was listed first on 17 ballots, second on five and third on five from the committee…


Bartolo Colon wins AL Cy Young

Bartolo Colon of the Los Angeles Angels was named the winner of the American League Cy Young Award in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The righthander, 32, is only the second winner of this award in the franchise’s 45-season history and the first since Dean Chance in…