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C.C. Sabathia nets AL Cy Young

In a vote I am sure many would like to redo with the playoffs involved, C.C. Sabathia edged out Josh Beckett to win the 2007 AL Cy Young award.
Sabathia went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 241 innings, while Beckett went 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA in 200.2 innings pitched. Based on the regular season, Sabathia certainly was deserving of the award.
Of course, the choice is simple if you factor the playoffs in.
Sabathia received 19 of 28 first-place votes, and came in second on eight of the remaining nine. The ninth writer for some reason left Sabathia off his or her’s ballot entirely, which is baffling. Beckett got eight first-place votes and 86 points (33 behind Sabathia). Lackey ranked third with one first-place vote, and Fausto Carmona, Erik Bedard, Roy Halladay, Johan Santana and Justin Verlander rounded out the voting.
As two of the most exciting young pitchers of this generation, the world certainly looks forward to more years of C.C. and Josh.

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  1. I don't have a problem with him winning it. At the same time, I wish that people would consider Beckett posted almost identical and in some parts, better numbers, while he pitched in Fenway Park.

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  2. So, I just want to understand this…. Beckett is the only 20 game winner, he did it in four fewer starts than Sabathia, holding batters to a lower average, and more strikeouts per 9. In what other business can you be less efficient and more revered?

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  3. Well, Jenn, Sabathia threw 40 more innings of the same quality ball. In what job is it better to show up less than other people? Wins don't have anything to do with anything, which is why they're not looked at on Fire Brand.
    Anyway, read this article about Cabrera:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071113&…
    Tell me, where does the rep for being an asshole come from, exactly? He's working out, he wants to play third, and he wants to stay in Florida, but he said he was open to any changes. He wants to play the best baseball he can, where ever it may be.
    What a jerkoff.

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  4. yeah Sean O after reading that I have to agree … I've never actually heard much from the guy but he genuinely sounds like a young ballplayer who is trying to do his best to win wherever he is … imo he gets the rep because people see his laid back attitude and look at his recently expanding waistline and judge him right away … and in the end it could be he's just trying to say the right thing at the right time here … but he doesn't sound as bad as people make him out to be at least
    I'm still thinking he's a risk until I actually see him drop a few pounds … but if you put him in a place like Boston with Manny and Papi as examples I don't doubt his work ethic would improve rapidly and the risk of him losing it would become alot less … I see very few arguments against him anymore and he is obviously alot better fit in the clubhouse than A-Rod … it's all about their prices now

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  5. by the way … props to CC … it was a coinflip to me as both guys had monster years
    and DR you're probably right lol … anything will set the guy off … he's crazy

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  6. Wow Sean that was really insightful. So according to your in depth baseball research "wins don't have anything to do with anything"? So a 7 game winner with good numbers and high innings deserves to be considered for the Cy Young. Interesting. It also can be said that a pitcher with decent numbers who goes to the mound every 5th day in a terrible division and winds up with 8 no decisions and 7 losses deserves it more than a guy who pitched in the most competitive and winning division in baseball who wound up with only 3 no decisions to go with the same amount of losses.
    Sean O let it go and stick to table tennis 🙂

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  7. Yea, I guess if you want to nit-pick, then the difference isn't all that huge. The point is that ERA, itself a flawed statistic, is still more indicative of pitcher success than wins.
    Team wins are a different story.

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  8. Sam, Manny can give him lessons on base running like he means it and David can be his personal fitness trainer 😀
    I'm not concerned.

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  9. mikeVT-
    Hilarious. Go read baseballprospectus for a month or two, then come back and you may not get laughed at.
    The asking price for Cabrera continues to skyrocket. I'm beginning to wonder if the Marlins actually do want to trade him, or are doing the Manny Fishing thing we've been going through the past few seasons.

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  10. CC can take his Cy Young. But in the playoffs Beckett has shown everyone he is ten times better than Sabathia when it matters the most.

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  11. yeah and Lugo and Drew can work with him at batting practice right? lol
    no I'm just saying the guy is coming from Miami where he was pretty much the only everyday baseball star since the FO sold off everything around him … I could see it being very exciting and inspiring for the kid to join a team and a city like Boston where people actually care

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