Word leaked out about half an hour early, when Baseball Writers Association of Americadn secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell called Felix Hernandez at his home to notify him he had won the Cy Young Award. Felix happened to have journalists at his home, so it didn’t take long for tweets to come out that Hernandez had won. It became official at 11 a.m. on the BBWAA website (or shortly thereafter; the site crashed briefly at 11).
Hernandez received 21 first-place votes (including mine). David Price had four and finished second. CC Sabathia had the three other firsts and finished third.
As I blogged earlier, my ballot read:
1, Felix Hernandez
2, David Price
3, Cliff Lee
4, Jon Lester
5, CC Sabathia
In looking at the vote totals, I gave Lee his highest vote and Sabathia his lowest.
The BBWAA site listed all the first-place votes:
Hernandez: Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald; Erik Boland, Newsday; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune; Lynn Henning, Detroit News; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star; Joe Posnanski, SI.com; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald; Larry Stone, Seattle Times; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star Telegram; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star.
Price: Mel Antonen, USA Today; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune; Chris Assenheimer. Elyria (OH) Chronicle.
Sabathia: George King, New York Post; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal.
You have to admire Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times and Eric Boland of Newsday, both of whom voted for Felix first despite covering Price and Sabathia, respectively.