Tim Lincecum won the NL Cy Young in one of the closest votes yet, just seven points over Chris Carpenter – and the guy with the most first place votes, Adam Wainwright, finished third.
Not a whole lot of difference between the three (and even Danny Haren, who deserved consideration). I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I would have voted if given a shot. Lincecum is awesome, really, so it’s hard to vote against him. From what I have read, Carpenter’s finishing second had to do with his missing time during the season. Even Lincecum missed two starts, but he was there pretty much all year.
SI’s Ted Keith argues that Lincecum is worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. He makes a valid point.
The last two players to file for free agency, with bidding on players starting today, were Andy Pettitte and Fernando Tatis. In case you were keeping score, the number of major leaguers eligible who filed for free agency is 171. [ESPN]
Stephen Strasburg will miss the championship game of the Arizona Fall League to nurse a twisted knee. No way the Nationals will jeopardize his future, huh? [ESPN]
The Royals have reached terms with free agent pitcher Brad Thompson, formerly in the St. Louis Cardinals chain. Thompson isn’t close to being a long term fix – he doesn’t strike people out (180Ks in 385 innings), though he has decent control. With a team that struggles defensively, Thompson will give up a lot of hits. Though his career record is 21 – 17, most of that is being fortunate to be on the Cardinals. At best he is a long reliever who can eat up innings in losing causes. [FoxSports]
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Aaron Heilman from the Cubs for two prospects. Heilman isn’t a bad seventh inning, long reliever type, but he’s never really taken that next step forward. The Cubs get first baseman Ryne White. (He’s a Chicago native, born in 1986 – hence that familiar first name…) White is a Purdue grad, a little power and a good eye, but his batting average needs to get north of .300 to be a serious prospect. We’ll see if he can take a step forward at A+ Daytona or AA next year. The other prospect is a pitcher, Scott Maine. Maine went to the University of Miami and was moved quickly up the ladder in the D-Backs chain because he strikes people out and has decent control. He pitched well at AA and AAA in 2009, but my guess is that he’ll start 2010 in Iowa and wait for a chance. He’ll be on the roster soon, though – and could be a potential eighth inning guy.
Torii Hunter will have surgery to repair a sports hernia, but should be ready for Angels spring training in February. [MLB]
Could Kansas City host the 2012 All-Star Game? We down here in Florida, would prefer it to be at our new stadium (if it’s done by then), but we can wait until 2013 and let the good people of Kansas City enjoy a party at the refurbished “K”… [MLB]
Kenesaw Mountain Landis was born on this date in 1866. He either saved the game or held it back, depending on the issue… Landis helped get gambling out of the game following the scandals of the 1910s, but he helped prevent blacks from integrating the sport at the same time.
Others celebrating with cake, cards or rememberances: Andy Coakley (1882), whose shove injured Rube Waddell’s shoulder prior to the 1905 World Series, Rick Monday (1945) – my brother’s first favorite ballplayer – and his teammate Jay Johnstone (1945), Alex Arias (1967), Gabe White (1971), J.D. Drew (1975), and Cub outfielder Sam Fuld (1981).