ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

2010 Cy Young Award Winners

Updated on June 27, 2011

What is the Cy Young Award?

Denton True Young, better known as Cy Young, pitched in the American League from 1890 to 1911. In those 22 seasons, he compiled a MLB record 511 wins in 7,355 innings throughout 815 games. With five-man rotations and inning limits implemented in the MLB today, It is unlikely any of Young’s pitching records will ever be broken. After his death in 1955, The Cy Young Award was created in his name in order to honor the best pitcher from the league each season.

Today the award is presented to a pitcher from both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Every year 60 members from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA), comprised of two sports reporters from each team (28 in the AL and 32 in the NL), vote on the best pitcher in baseball by awarding first-place to fifth-place votes to the candidates. Each is weighted differently with seven points for a first-place vote, four for a second-place vote, three for a third-place vote, two for a fourth-place vote and one for a fifth-place vote.

Here are the 2010 MLB Cy Young Award Winners:

Roy Halladay

Source

2010 NL Cy Young Award Winner

In what was termed “The Year of the Pitcher,” 2010 saw no better pitching performance than Roy Halladay in his May 29th Perfect Game against the Florida Marlins. That game was the shining moment in a season of highlight reels from the Philadelphia Phillies ace and the signature accomplishment that paved the way to his 2010 NL Cy Young Award victory.

When the season ended, Halladay did not. He would go on to throw a No-Hitter in the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds. While that game did not factor in the Cy Young decision as the ballots are turned in prior to the playoffs, it is forever imprinted in the pages of baseball history.

During the regular season, Halladay posted a 21-10 win/loss record along with a 2.44 ERA and 219 Ks in his first season in the NL with the Phillies. Voters awarded his heroic efforts with a unanimous decision as the Cy Young Award winner.

Roy Halladay received all 32 first-place votes and a total of 224 points, making him only the 13th unanimous winner in the award’s history. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals finished in second place with 122 points while Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies rounded out the top three with 90 total points.

Felix Hernandez

Source

2010 AL Cy Young Award Winner

Despite a paltry 13-12 record, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners defied traditional baseball logic and walked away with the 2010 AL Cy Young Award, the first of his career. His 13 wins in a full season marked the lowest total for a Cy Young winner in the history of the award. Last year’s repeat winner, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, held the previous record low with 15 wins in 2009.

Because run support is typically out of a pitcher’s control, especially in the AL, voters looked past Hernandez’s dismal win/loss total and honed in on his absolute domination from the mound. In 2010, Felix Hernandez posted a Major League best 2.27 ERA and 232 Ks, providing further evidence that his poor record was directly related to run support or lack thereof.

The Seattle Mariners offense was one of the worst in baseball, and in Hernandez’s starts, the team averaged 3.09 runs per game, the lowest of any Cy Young eligible pitcher. In 15 of his starts, the Mariners scored 2 or less runs. You don’t have to be Good Will Hunting to see the numbers don’t add up to success.

In the end, “King Felix” received 21 of a possible 28 first-place votes and totaled 167 points to take the crown. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays finished with 111 points and four first-placed votes followed by CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees who finished the season with 21 wins, but only received 102 points and three first-place votes for the Cy Young Award.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • bogerk profile imageAUTHOR

      bogerk 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for reading my baseball Hubs!

    • Powerful Pierre profile image

      Powerful Pierre 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      well done Bo enjoyed it a lot.

    • bogerk profile imageAUTHOR

      bogerk 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      It will be interesting to see if this becomes the trend. Halladay was an obvious choice in the NL, but now the AL this season and both leagues last year have chosen pitchers without the best record for the Cy Young Award.

    • I am DB Cooper profile image

      I am DB Cooper 

      7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

      Hernandez certainly was an oddball candidate, but without a doubt he was the best pitcher in the American League this year. The Mariners offense should be embarrassed at how little support they gave him.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)