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Price named AL’s ‘Most Outstanding’ pitcher by AL players

Posted Oct 28, 2010 by Roger Mooney

Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

By ROGER MOONEY


The Sabermetric folks favor Felix Hernandez for his ERA, amount of quality starts and lack of run support, while others look toward CC Sabathia’s league-high 21 wins as a reason to anoint him the best pitcher this past season in the American League.

But the American League players, the guys who actually do the hitting and the pitching, voted the Rays David Price as their “Outstanding Pitcher” for the 2010 season.

Price is a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, which will be announced next month. That award is voted on by the members of the baseball Writers Association of America.

That the Players Choice Awards are voted in by his peers make it more special, Price said.

“It does make it a little more special,” Price said. “That means a lot more than some sports writer, some sports analyst. The guys that I’m playing with feel I deserve this award, that does mean a lot to me.”

That’s not to say Price wouldn’t mind adding the 2010 AL Cy Young Award to his resume.

“I would definitely like to have that one, but this is pretty close,” he said. “I feel this is just an equivalent if not as much gratification.”

In his first full year at the major league level, Price was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA. His 19 wins were second behind Sabathia. His ERA was third among all AL pitchers and tops among left-handers.

Price, who started the All-Star Game for the American League, had 12 wins against teams that finished with a winning record, tied with Boston’s Jon Lester for the most in the majors.

The Rays were 23-8 in games started by Price, and Price was 8-1 in 13 starts following a Rays loss. He was also 10-2 with a 2.12 ERA against division teams. That’s the lowest ERA within the division since 1995, the year the major leagues realigned to three divisions in each league.

Price was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in September as he helped the Rays beat the Yankees twice (while opposing Sabathia both times) and clinch the AL East title and the best record in the American League.

Price said he was surprised he was voted the best AL pitcher by his peers.

“Yeah, the guys who I was going up against had pretty solid years also,” he said. “For me to make an impression on all these players is very special for me.”

Price said he voted for Sabathia, because he didn’t want to vote for himself.

The Players Choice Awards annually honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, while the Player of the Year and Man of the Year awards bestow top honors without regard to league.  Balloting for the Players Choice Awards was conducted in September under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.

2010 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. (Individual League winners receive $20,000 grants while Player of the Year and Man of the Year receive $50,000 grants.)  The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement.  Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing $3 million to charities around the world. For additional information, please visit http://www.MLBPLAYERS.com or visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.

2010 Players Choice Awards Finalists: (Winners in bold)

American League:

Outstanding Player: Jose Bautista (Toronto), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Josh Hamilton (Texas)
Outstanding Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Seattle), David Price (Tampa Bay), CC Sabathia (NY Yankees)
Outstanding Rookie: Wade Davis (Tampa Bay), Neftali Feliz (Texas), Austin Jackson (Detroit)
Comeback Player: Freddy Garcia (Chicago White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Texas), Francisco Liriano (Minnesota)


National League:

Outstanding Player: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Albert Pujols (St. Louis), Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Outstanding Pitcher: Roy Halladay (Philadelphia), Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Outstanding Rookie: Jaime Garcia (St. Louis), Jason Heyward (Atlanta), Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Comeback Player: R.A. Dickey (NY Mets), Tim Hudson (Atlanta), Aubrey Huff (San Francisco)

Either League:
(to be announced Friday morning on the Mike & Mike Show.)

Player of Year:
Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Josh Hamilton (Texas), Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Man of the Year: Torii Hunter (LA Angeles of Anaheim), Brandon Inge (Detroit), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)