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 gets inked.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.

16 Responses to “Ladies and gentlemen, your 2007 Supportive Teammate of the Year, Curt Schilling!”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Ward, I think the discrepancy between Young’s RBIs and Pedroia’s can be easily explained. Young is often slated at fifth in the lineup, a prime RBI posish, even on the D-Rays. Pedroia is often hitting second in Boston’s lineup, which is already a worse slot in terms of batting in runs, but becomes an abysmal spot to rack up ribbies when you consider that the man he’s hitting behind is Julio Lugo, who has a season OBP of under .300. In simple terms, Pedroia often comes up to bat with no one to knock in! Meanwhile, he’s one of the toughest players to strike out in the game. Not among rookies—but among ALL PLAYERS, even wily veterans who should know better than to chase pitches wildly outside the strike zone, yes-I-am-talking-to-you-Jason-Varitek. ROY clearly goes to Pedroia. Damn you, Schilling.

    As for Sabathia vs Beckett, I think the Cy Young race has tightened over the past couple of weeks. I’m on record as handing it to C.C. before, but he’s still stuck on 18 wins, with seven losses. Beckett is now 20 and 6. Yes, Sabathia has been more durable—but otherwise, their numbers are very comparable this afternoon–on K’s, walks, ERA, HR allowed, BAA and WHIP. At this point I’d have to say it’s a tossup. It comes down to: What’s more important to you? More innings pitched or more wins?

  2. Green, I still think Sabathia will end up w/ the Cy. But it will obviously come down to the final game of the season.

    And we both agree about Pedroia. I just don’t understand why Schilling doesn’t see that Pedroia is the Rookie of the Year.

  3. I can think of three possibilities for his rationale:

    1) He didn’t want to be viewed as biased. He wants people to think he’s fair. And fair obviously means not giving credit to those who deserve it.

    2) Schill doesn’t believe in percentages, only in absolutes. SLG and OBP mean absolutely nothing to him. What does matter in his mind are things like the strength of his goblin’s axe in Everquest (expressed in whole numbers, obviously).

    3) Curt Schilling has no rationale for anything.

  4. He pretty clearly says in his post “Rules were that we could vote for players in the AL only and no one on your own team.”

    So yeah, that NO ONE ON YOUR OWN TEAM part kind of negates this thing.

    Schilling can be a douche, but lets call him a douche only when he actually deserves it…

  5. To quote the “hysterical” cavemen, “next time, try doing a little research”. Jeez.

  6. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2007 Illiterate Blogger of the Year, Coley Ward!

  7. Schilling gets a pass on Pedroia (and both Coley and Red Monster get a black mark) due to the rule of not voting for anyone on your team.

    Re: Beckett. After looking at the stats, I think I have to agree with him.

    Not only has CC started 4 additional games, he’s pitched 40 more innings than Beckett, while maintaining a comparable ERA and WHIP. His K/BB ratio is better.

    The real kicker is CC has thrown 4 complete games, including 1 shutout, this year. Beckett has thrown 1 complete game, with no shutouts.

    Beckett has put up great numbers, but better? I don’t think so.

    I’d say his rationale was just fine.

  8. Players aren’t allowed to vote for their own team’s players, hence Schilling’s lack of Red Sox.

  9. Hmmm…yeah, totally my bad. How embarrassing.

  10. Sarah Green says:

    Rich, we’ve discussed CC vs Beckett (vs Wang) extensively in other comment threads, so I won’t go into it again here. That said, 20 wins is a difficult milestone to ignore.

    Other commentors and Coley, it should be noted that in Schill’s blog, he describes these awards as “the Sporting News Players Choice awards.” So for the purposes of this exercise, which has even less relevance than the Iowa straw poll, yes, the players couldn’t vote for their own teammates. It should be noted that for the real awards, the voting is done by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

  11. Carlos Pena over Dmitri Young for CBOTY? Whatever you say Schill…Can a player that has a nearly identical BA as he did the season before still be considered a comeback?

  12. Mike J.,

    I forgot batting average was the only measure for comeback player of the year.

  13. “Carlos Pena over Dmitri Young for CBOTY? Whatever you say Schill…Can a player that has a nearly identical BA as he did the season before still be considered a comeback?”

    Do any of you retards actually read the blog post?

    Unless the Washington Nationals magically appear in the AL, Curt Schilling can’t pick them.

  14. Sarah Green says:

    Clearly the rules for this meaningless exercise are confusing to more than one reader. But while we may sometimes argue passionately, even vehemently, on UmpBump, there’s no need for namecalling. There are plenty of other blogs out there for that kind of thing.

  15. You “don’t get how he could vote for Young over Pedroia”? Perhaps you should do your best to, you know, READ. From 38Pitches:

    “Yesterday we had the opportunity to vote on another set of awards. This time it was the Sporting News Players Choice awards. Rules were that we could vote for players in the AL only and no one on your own team.”

    … Can’t vote for teammates, dumbasses.

  16. Sarah Green says:

    Matt, not only do you get the prize for ignoring my comment about namecalling (see my comment, immediately above yours), you get a special certificate for adding absolutely nothing new with this comment (see half the other comments on this page).

    I think I’m going to cry “spam” and just unapprove any more comments that either a) just repeat the fact that Schilling couldn’t vote for his own teammates, since we’ve already covered that extensively, or b) call people retards, dumbasses, or any other sixth-grade pejoratives.

    Enough already.

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