No Happ-Y Ending for the Rookie

What would have been the perfect ending to an outstanding season for rookie pitcher JA Happ went instead to Chris Coghlan of the Marlins.  The Rookie of the Year award is voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and this year, it looks like they may have gotten it wrong. 

While it is difficult to compare a hitter like Coghlan to a pitcher like Happ, perhaps the deciding factor should be which player had the greatest impact on their team?  Happ filled the void left by starters Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer; without him, the Phillies would not have made the playoffs.  Coghlan’s resume is impressive, but his team did not go to the post-season.

To review, Happ went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA, topping all rookies in innings pitched (166), strikeouts (119), complete game shut-outs (2) and 3 total shut-outs.  Coghlan hit .321 with 9 homers, 47 RBI, 162 hits and a .390 on-base percentage.  Again, difficult to compare, but clearly good pitching beats good hitting as has been demonstrated by years of baseball past.

So while myself and probably a lot of people feel that Happ was snubbed having come in 2nd place, these awards are seldom fair.  But the second place finish does not diminish what was an amazing season for Happ, who has more than proved his worth to this team.  As a consolation prize, I hereby dub JA Happ the “Fan Rookie of the Year“!  Yes, complete with a photo montage:Happ ROY.jpg

In other news, the Phillies have removed the following players from the 40-man roster, making them free agents:  Eric Bruntlett, Tyler Walker, Paul Hoover, Andy Tracy and John Ennis.  Tracy will likely be back next year with the Iron Pigs (AAA) in Allentown as well as Ennis.  Hoover may find himself serving as a back-up catcher if not one fills that spot right away.  But it does look like Bruntlett and Walker will probably be gone.

Free agent signings will begin on Friday.

Photos by Jenn

 

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3 Comments

Jenn, I think a lot of people think this year’s ROY awards were… well… to put it lightly, absolutely ridiculous. I mean, for me, Dexter Fowler came in 8th place, and while I certainly don’t think he deserved to win it, I expected better than 8th. Also, I like this fan photo montage that you’ve created.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

I also think Happ should have won it.
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

The awards at time seem like nothing more then glorified popularity contests. We fans know who were the best players on our teams and that is all that matters.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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