Orioles closer Jim Johnson may have had an historic season for the Orioles, but it wasn’t enough to win him Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award.
That went to someone who made major league history.
MLB announced today that Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney was chosen for the top reliever award by a baseball panel.
Rodney also won MLB’s American League Comeback Player of the Year Award, with San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey winning the National League’s version; both comeback awards are voted on by mlb.com reporters.
Rodney, in his first year with the Rays, was 2-2 with 48 saves and a 0.60 ERA. That’s the lowest ERA in the history of baseball for a pitcher who has thrown at least 50 innings in a season (the previous record was 0.61 by Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley in 1990).
Johnson, who broke the Orioles’ record for saves this year with a major league leading 51 (Randy Myers had 45 in 1997) also received votes for Delivery Man of the Year. So did Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel.