baseball should have 2 pitching awards

Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2003 11:36 am
why does baseball have only one award for the best pitcher of the year?
starters & relievers competing for the same trophy doesn't make sense.
i think they should have a separate award for relievers -- call it the "lee smith award" (he's the all-time saves leader).

having a good closer is key to a winning season. its time for baseball to properly recognize relievers with an award of their own.
does anyone really care who wins the rolaids relief award? give them a more prestigious trophy, in line with the cy young, mvp and rookie of the year awards.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2003 11:41 am
That makes sense, considering the roles of relievers has changed so much over the years.
Only thing hard about that, is making an award that would have a huge impact right away like the MVP or Cy Young...those awards have been around forever.
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2003 11:48 am
Fireman's Fund used to sponsor it; which may be where the term 'fireman' came from.

Then Rolaids had the Relief Award.

Gagne was 55 for 55 in save opps this past year, Rege.

That's sick. I can't say he didn't deserve the Cy, especially since the distant runner-up was Jason Schmidt and Russ Ortiz (?!?) was an over-the-horizon third.

All the good starters--Unit, Schill, Maddux, Oswalt, Kevin Brown--had subpar years. Chalk it up to that.

Mark Prior ought to have a Clemens-like run for the next decade, though.
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Region Philbis
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2003 11:49 am
true... such an award would immediately cause relievers to have incentive clauses written into their contracts.

baseball has always been slow to change, so the chances of them addng a new award are slim to none!
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