The BBWAA end-of-season awards will be announced next week, but who cares about those guys? We're independent journalists, dammit, and we demand to have our voices heard! Or something. So each year the SB Nation baseball network (30 team-specific sites, six general baseball blogs, and Baseball Nation) conduct our own awards voting. A majority of our sites are statistically inclined and we generally skew more toward modern analytical coverage than the BBWAA as a whole.
Does that enlightened approach mean we arrive at more typically rational results than the mainstream media? Sometimes, but we're also subject to a different kind of bias than the proudly dispassionate newsies: We have an actual rooting interest here, and that can often color our judgment of teams and players. Newspapermen are likewise prone to homerism toward the players they cover, but it's still a different dynamic when you're paid to be objective versus the pronounced subjectivity of a team blogger.
Preamble aside, here are the top three vote-getters for the National League Cy Young:
A tie! Much like the 1979 NL MVP race when Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell both won the award (though one was manifestly more deserving than the other), Clayton Kershaw and Roy Halladay split the totally fictitious SBN CY Young award this year. Feel free to swing by my house in Jersey to pick up your prizes, gentlemen.
Here are the ballots turned in by Amazin' Avenue:
Looks like somebody has a secret crush on the Phillies!
- Roy Halladay
- Clayton Kershaw
- Cliff Lee
- Ian Kennedy
- Madison Bumgarner
No Mets pitcher received even a single fifth-place vote, not even Chris Young, who was amazing this year.
The full SB Nation Baseball NL Cy Young results are after the jump.