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The BBBWARAOAAE congratulates Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Felix Hernandez

Kershaw Cy Young winner

The unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award presented by the BBWAA was also the unanimous selection of the BBBWARAOAAE. Clayton Kershaw‘s lights-out performance on the mound made him the clear winner in the Senior Circuit. The BBWAA and BBBWARAOAAE results matched up the top six pitchers in the League: Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Madison Bumgarner, Jordan Zimmerman and Cole Hamels.

Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber Cy Young winners

The American League was a much closer call, and too close to call for the BBBWARAOAAE, so BBWAA winner Corey Kluber shares the award with Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Clayton Kershaw 20 100 210 (1)
2. Johnny Cueto 61 112 (2)
3. Adam Wainwright 46 97 (3)
4. Madison Bumgarner 14 28 (4)
5. Jordan Zimmerman 10 25 (5)
6. Cole Hamels 7 17 (6)
7. Jake Arrieta 3 3 (9t)
8t. Tanner Roark 2 n/a
8t. Stephen Strasburg 2 3 (9t)
10t. Aroldis Chapman 1 n/a
10t. Doug Fister 1 5 (8)
10t. Zack Greinke 1 6 (7)
10t. Craig Kimbrel 1 3 (9t)
x. Henderson Alvarez n/a 1 (12)

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1t. Felix Hernandez 10 74 159 (2)
1t. Corey Kluber 8 74 169 (1)
3. Chris Sale 40 78 (3)
4. Max Scherzer 18 32 (5)
5. Jon Lester 13 46 (4)
6. David Price 4 16 (6)
7t. Greg Holland 2 1 (9)
7t. Hisashi Iwakuma 2 n/a
9t. Dallas Keuchel 1 n/a
9t. Rick Porcello 1 n/a
x. Phil Hughes n/a 6 (7)
x. Wade Davis n/a 3 (8)

The champ, two years running…and special All-Star “fun cards” all day today

Yoenis Cespedes

The Home Run Derby champion for the second year in a row is Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. My guy made it to the finals, but just couldn’t find his groove, and Cespedes easily out-homered Todd Frazier to win the trophy.

Starting this afternoon, a special series of All-Star “fun cards” will appear on the TWJ cards page on tumblr. Each league’s starters (sans designated hitters) will be featured on an all new TWJ cards design to commemorate the 2014 game. What does the design look like? Well I could make you wait and go see them on tumblr, but I’m a nice guy so I’ll give you a preview here…

That’s starting pitcher Felix Hernandez on the American League design. The National League design is very similar with a few small tweaks. For that, you will have to wait until this afternoon.

If you’re not already following TWJ cards on tumblr, take care of that right now so you don’t miss any of the special All-Star cards today leading up to the game!

Congratulations, Felix Hernandez!

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The second no-hitter of the year for the Seattle Mariners, this time it’s a perfect game from Felix Hernandez. This was the third perfect game of the year in Major League Baseball, the most in any season. Only two seasons have witnessed two perfect games: 1880 and 2010.

2011 Fan Pack Challenge: Seattle Mariners

2009’s FPC champs didn’t respond to my first request this year, but didn’t ignore me the second time. As always, a very nice package from the Mariners, but not entirely different from what they sent 2 years ago. The activity page is exactly the same, and many of the stickers are identical, although laid out differently on the sticker sheet. Regardless, it’s a cool package and I’m glad to have it.

Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 points (featuring Felix Hernandez)
Stickers = 10 (including Felix and Ichiro Suzuki)
Baseball cards = 6 (Felix, Ichiro, Franklin Gutierrez, Moose the mascot, Michael Pineda, and broadcaster Dave Niehaus)
High-quality promotional items = 2 (mini-poster of Safeco with activities on the back, mini-poster of Ichiro and Felix with advertisements on the back)
Other stuff = 0
Timeliness = 10 points
TOTAL SCORE = 29 POINTS

To see the activity sheet, see my post from 2009.

And with 29 points, the Mariners currently find themselves in second place in the 2011 FPC, behind my Cincinnati Reds.

To get your own awesome Mariners fan pack, write a polite electronic letter to them at this link.

Seattle Mariners: How much do you care about fans?

Wow, man. The Mariners’ fan packs are really and truly fan packs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

Ranking the pack:
Pocket schedules: 1 point
Stickers: 9 (Ichiro, Moose, logo stuff)
Baseball cards: 6 (Griffey, Ichiro, Moose, Dave Niehaus, Felix Hernandez, Franklin Gutierrez)
Other high-quality goodies: 3
Other stuff: 0
Timeliness: 2 (received August 27ish)

Total score for the Mariners: 21

Can anyone beat the Mariners? Doubtful!

Click here to see the updated chart.

Tops in the American League – through week 1

I’m participating in a season-long project coordinated by Baseball Happenings called the MLB Blog Poll. Each week, participating bloggers will vote for the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year, with the league alternating each week. Keep in mind that it is based on the players’ performance for the entire season, not just the prior week. Also, this early in the season, it is difficult to judge some players, especially the rookies. The first week results have now been posted at Baseball Happenings. Here were my picks, along with the reason I chose each:

American League MVP
1. A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox, C) – Currently leading in RBI (7), batting average (.529), slugging (1.059) and on-base percentage (.556). He is also among the 18 hitters who have gone yard twice this season, and his 9 hits are tied for second in the league.
2. Jermaine Dye (White Sox, OF) – Just behind his teammate in BA (.474), slugging (.947), and OBP (.545), Dye also has 2 home runs and has driven in 3 runs.
3. Howie Kendrick (Angels, 2B) – 11 hits in 24 at-bats for a .458 BA, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI.

American League Cy Young
1. Felix Hernandez (Mariners, SP) – In 15 innings, the King has struck out 9 without allowing a run, but a lack of run support has resulted in no decision in both of his starts.
2. Rich Harden (A’s, SP) – He’s only pitched 11 innings, but has struck out 15 while allowing only 1 run in 2 starts.
3. Joe Nathan (Twins, RP) – 3 saves in 3 games, 3 strikeouts. He has given up 3 hits, but no runs have scored on him yet.

American League Rookies
1. David Murphy (Rangers, OF) – 7 hits in 17 at-bats (.412), 2 doubles and 1 home run. Throw in 3 RBI and 1 stolen base, and so far he is the rookie to beat at this early juncture.
2. Nick Blackburn (Twins, P) – Took a hard loss, allowing only 1 run and striking out 6 in 7 innings against the Angels.
3. Clete Thomas (Tigers, OF) – The surprise rookie so far – 7 hits in 14 at-bats. Only 1 extra base hit (a double), 1 RBI and 1 stolen base, which puts him at the bottom of the list.

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