NOTE: As several commenters have pointed out, Schilling was prohibited from voting for his own teammates — a fact that I totally missed when writing this post. So you can pretty much ignore this whole thing.
Curt Schilling just gives and gives and gives. He knows that we’re sitting at our cubicles, bored and longing for a distraction. Maybe just a tiny insight into the mind of one of the greatest pitchers and prognosticators ever?
So Schilling decides to throw us a bone. He hops on his blog and writes a post explaining how he cast his votes in the Sporting News Players Choice awards.
From 38 Pitches:
Player of the Year- Alex Rodriguez (I don’t think this race, if you truly look at the year, is even a race. Some guys had fantastic years but his year is still way beyond anything anyone else has done)
Rookie of the Year- Delmon Young (He’s going to drive in close to 100 runs and hit close to 300, not sure there are many guys outside of Dustin who can challenge that. Dustin, imo with a lot of obvious bias, deserves to win it. He’s had a phenomenal season on both sides of the ball)
Comeback Player of the Year- Carlos Pena (Another accolade for an outstanding season by an outstanding person)
Pitcher of the Year- CC Sabathia (A few guys, along with Josh, certainly had great seasons, but CC’s numbers, when you dive into them even a little bit, are awesome. Hopefully he’ll begin to get the recognition he aptly deserves as an ace and one of the 3-4 best pitchers in baseball. The little bit I got to know him at the 2002 AS game made me think the world of him. Great kid who has an immense amount of respect for his craft and the sport)
Red Sox Monster, which was all over this story, put it best, saying, “Still, doesn’t it seem strange that Schilling would come right out and say these things now, before the season is even over?”
And I guess it is strange, except that this is Curt Schilling and this is exactly the kind of douchebaggery we’ve come to expect.
My favorite part is where Schilling says Pedroia “deserves to win it”, and then he goes and votes for Delmon Young. Classic Schilling.
But how can he honestly vote for Young over Pedroia? I don’t get it, and neither does Red Sox Monster, which had this to say about the choice:
As for Delmon Young’s candidacy for Rookie of the Year, there’s a case to be made, given that Young has driven in nearly twice as many runs as Pedroia (93 to 49). Still, the statistics show Pedroia has a higher batting average (.315 to .294) on-base percentage (.380 to .322) and slugging percentage (.432 to .418), so maybe it’s not such an open-and-shut case, after all.
That’s not even taking into account Pedroia’s defense, which is outstanding. I’ll never get over that play he made to save Clay Buchholz’s no-hitter.
Apparently Schilling is over that play, though. And I guess he’s not nearly as impressed with Pedroia as I am.
But that’s okay, Curt. If I were you, I wouldn’t worry so much about what Umpbump thinks of your voting. I’d be a little more concerned about what Beckett and Pedroia think. Especially Beckett, who I’m told has a temper. If I were you, I wouldn’t turn my back while Beckett is warming up. Bullpen wild pitches can and do happen.