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Hernandez wins Cy Young; wins be darned

In September, a writer friend who covers the Yankees and I made a bet.

He said that the over-40, stodgy, old school writers of the BBWAA were going to cost Seattle's Felix Hernandez a deserving AL Cy Young Award this season because he didn't have enough wins (Hernandez ended the season 13-12 while New York's CC Sabathia was 21-7, Tampa Bay's David Price was 19-6 and Boston's Jon Lester was 19-9).

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Being an old, stodgy, 40-something writer I took the whippersnapper's bait. We bet dinner during the season that the writers would see the light, dismiss Hernandez's win-loss record and concentrate on his other impressive numbers such as a league-leading 2.27 ERA, 30 quality starts in 34 attempts and 232 strikeouts.

I was right. I'll be ordering steak or maybe the surf and turf.

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The AL Cy Young, as voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America, was announced Thursday and Hernandez was the overwhelming winner, capturing 21 of the 28 possible first-place votes and 167 total points. Price finished second (four firsts, 111 total) followed by Sabathia (3 firsts, 102) and Lester (33 points).

I knew my fellow old, stodgy writers would look at the numbers as a whole, and not penalize Hernandez just because he was on a team that never scored.

I am of the minority that still believes "wins" has its place in an overall analysis – my saberfriends swear it is a "flawed metric" and I am a dinosaur – but I believe it is just one category and shouldn't be the overriding factor in voting for awards.

Apparently 21 other writers thought similarly.

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