The Baseball Bloggers Alliance concluded their award season today by naming the best player in each league for 2010. When all the votes were tallied, two men were comfortably ahead.
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hit 32 home runs and fashioned an OPS of 1.044 while leading the Rangers into the playoffs, won the award in the American League. Hamilton received sixteen first place votes and 261 points overall, which put him ahead of his nearest competitor, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, by roughly 70 points.
In the National League, helping Cincinnati to an unexpected divisional title paid off for first baseman Joey Votto. After a season where he cracked 37 home runs and posted a 1.024 OPS, Votto also received sixteen first-place votes toward his total of 252 points. He also denied St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols the chance to win back-to-back BBA awards. Pujols was selected as MVP by the BBA in 2009, but placed second with 197 points in this year’s voting.
Winners of other Alliance awards also received votes in the Musial balloting. In the American League, Walter Johnson winner Felix Hernandez received 21 points, while Goose Gossage selection Rafael Soriano had a single mention. On the senior circuit, Walter Johnson winner Roy Halladay placed fourth in the voting with 101 points.
The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
American League Josh Hamilton, Texas (16) 261 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (4) 188 Robinson Cano, New York 158 Jose Bautista, Toronto (1) 146 Adrian Beltre, Boston 107 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (1) 102 Paul Konerko, Chicago 65 Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay 56 Joe Mauer, Minnesota 50 Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland 44 Felix Hernandez, Seattle 21 Vladimir Guerrero, Texas 13 Justin Morneau, Minnesota 12 Delmon Young, Minnesota 10 Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas 8 CC Sabathia, New York 8 Alex Rodriguez, New York 7 Clay Buchholz, Boston 4 Mark Teixeria, New York 3 Jon Lester, Boston 2 Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle 2 Nick Swisher, New York 2 Jim Thome, Minnesota 2 Kevin Youkilis, Boston 2 Brett Gardner, New York 1 David Ortiz, Boston 1 Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay 1
National League Joey Votto, Cincinnati (16) 252 Albert Pujols, St. Louis (3) 197 Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado (1) 118 Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (1) 101 Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 98 Troy Tulowitski, Colorado 98 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 93 Matt Holliday, St. Louis 84 Aubrey Huff, San Francisco 32 Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 17 Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 16 Josh Johnson, Florida 16 Dan Uggla, Florida 16 Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 16 Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 13 Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 10 Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 9 Martin Prado, Atlanta 7 Jason Heyward, Atlanta 6 Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee 5 David Wright, New York 5 Adam Dunn, Washington 4 Kelly Johnson, Arizona 4 Andres Torres, San Francisco 1
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 233 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.
The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.
Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot. Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.
Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through tenth place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis. Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.