Felix Hernandez Wins AL Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. David Price and C.C. Sabathia finished second and third in the voting, respectively. Click here to see the complete results.

The win, which brought Hernandez to tears, will lead to a $1MM raise in 2011, according to the AP (on SI.com). The 24-year-old will also earn $500K raises in 2012, 2013 and 2014, so he pockets $2.5MM for the win. Price received an $80K bonus for finishing second and Jered Weaver won $50K for finishing fifth.


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270 Comments on "Felix Hernandez Wins AL Cy Young Award"


gramuna
4 years 9 months ago

This is great!! As a Yankee fan I’m happy Felix won…he truly deserved to win!

HummBaby
4 years 9 months ago

I feel Lincecum should have won it for both leagues the last 2 years….you know….because of the interleague play and all.

Before the flaming starts…it’s called humor.

gramuna
4 years 9 months ago

haha well played. Wade Miller gets my vote!

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 9 months ago

I’m all on board the “Congratulations King Felix” train. He pitched the best and the voters did the right thing in ignoring the W-L total.

raullll
4 years 9 months ago

As a Yankee fan i’m happy, Felix was the most dominant picther this year though CC had the wins, anyone could tell Felix had a better year, if only if he got some run support.

Congrats Felix.

Cubsfan 38
4 years 9 months ago

King Felix Reigns Supreme right guy for the Award

Cory J. Settoon
4 years 9 months ago

Wow I actually agree with them on not just Felix, but all their picks. Still would argue Weaver was better than CC, but good job guys!

phillipmike
4 years 9 months ago

I am surprised the writers made the right choice.

grownice
4 years 9 months ago

thankfully they got it right.

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

Finally, the king has his crown.

Congrats, Felix! I’ve been waiting a long time for this!

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah King Felix deserved but I am not happy but not too upset that CC didn’t win it if that makes sense. He’s still an ace and its not easy being the ace of the Yankees or pitching in the AL East so give CC a little credit there. Pedro Martinez in his late 20s is still the most dominating pitcher I’ve ever seen.

4 years 9 months ago

If only anything you just said had to do with anything. Pedro isn’t pitching like that. Still want to give it to him? CC doesn’t even deserve to be in the top 3. It’s not Cy WIN award.

gigantes2425
4 years 9 months ago

I keep laughing at this. I wish I could “like” comments on my phone. Cy WIN. Lmao

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Cy Win. You are so clever. Are you also the guy who came up with the hall of very good? Why do you believe that the Cy Young should only be based on ERA and strikeouts when that has never been the case historically. Indeed, the claim to fame of the namesake is his wins record. He didn’t strike people out like Walter Johnson or pitch to the lowest ERA, yet we don’t have the Christy Matthewson or Walter Johnson award. Such arrogance.

tacko
4 years 9 months ago

And how dare they give the Roberto Clemente Award to Tim Wakefield! He’s not Puerto Rican or an outfielder! An outrage!

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Clemente is the name of the award due to his charity work, not his nationality or position.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 9 months ago

pretty sure it was a joke.

4 years 9 months ago

So surprising you have to say this to the guy who considers wins to be the end-all stat to pitching.

4 years 9 months ago

Just because the award is his name sake doesn’t mean that his most prominent stat is the only stat that matters. The award was named after him the year after he died, not because he had the most wins, but because he was one of the greatest pitchers in history and they wanted to honor him.

But moral of the story is the award’s intent was to be awarded to the BEST pitcher in the league, and this year it was Felix Hernandez.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

To argue that wins haven’t been an important criteria of the award is simply incorrect.

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t see anything in his post that does. They have, for God knows why. Everyone in the entire world but you seems to understand that. Wins have NOTHING to do with how good a pitcher is.

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

No, it doesn’t make sense – at least not ENOUGH sense. The AL East may not be easy but when you are a pitcher who can dominate without much of an offense behind you – like Felix did – then you’re REALLY doing something. Ironically that was the deciding factor the last time CC won it with the Tribe. He won because unlike Beckett (and others) he was able to dominate with very little offensive help…but CC can’t say that this time.

4 years 9 months ago

I can’t argue with this, I thought it should have been Price, however.

vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

Reason being…?

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

Peavy is a hack

yazpik
4 years 9 months ago

OHHH, Congratulations Felix and congratulations Jack, if Felix had not signed, it would be impossible to bring him back, his price right now would be 10/ 300 I think

4 years 9 months ago

he got a nice bonus for winning too

TheodoreRoosevelt
4 years 9 months ago

Justice has been done! Congrats, Felix!

cayanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Good thing the Yankees are trading Joba for Felix!

4 years 9 months ago

…yeah, that’s a fair trade….

4 years 9 months ago

but Joba is SOOOOO good

Pawsdeep
4 years 9 months ago

Keep dreaming. It’s gonna take a lot more than joba to go and get the king and the yankees just dont have the firepower in their farm system to get a monster deal done.

Right now the yankees can’t be happy with what they gave up for granderson seeing is how Jackson was much better this year and is showing much more potential. After giving Jackson away, I don’t think the Yankees have an A+ prospect left so I wouldn’t expect any real big trades this offseason.

4 years 9 months ago

That really was a bad trade for the Yanks, Jackson looks to be a bonafide starter for years to come, Phil Coke was a pretty good reliever and looks to be making a transition to the rotation, and Ian Kennedy was really good this year (even though his team sucked).

TheHotCorner
4 years 9 months ago

I am not sold on Jackson just yet. His BABIP was exceptionally high (I think .396). If he can bring his K rate down he could offset some of the drop when his BABIP comes down to a more reasonable number. Will be interesting to see.

Pawsdeep
4 years 9 months ago

He is still a better hitter than granderson. Grandersos closest year too 300 was his rookie year and has actually gotten worse as the years go on. Plus, Curtis can’t hit LHP to save his life.
As for their defense, Jackson is obviously the superior player in center and I can say that with confidence after just one year. Regardless of jacksons offensive prowess(or lack of) if all you did was trade one glive for another then the tigers still came out with the bigger end of the stick. ESPICIALLY when you added coke to the deal

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

Jackson is a stud, his BAIP will always be higher due to his skill set. .396 is a little high but it’ll probaly settle in around .360-.370. The kid really started to hit the ball hard the other way towards the end of the season. I think he will be an elite leadoff guy within in 5 years.

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

He is Young, this is him getting warmed up, wait until he gets a few pointers from coaches and his peers and watch that guy turn it on, seriously I still cannot believe they gave that guy up for Granderson, he should of been more untouchable than that Montero guy…just saying

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Wow really? Haha. I gues you don’t follow the minor lges huh? I would not be shocked at all to see the Yanks w/ at least 4 prospects in the top 50 (Montero, Banuelos, Sanchez and Betances).

As for Austin vs Grandy. Time will tell. 150 Ko and few hrs to show is not a good thing. If Grandy carries over the lessons from Kevin Long into next year then I wouldn’t be shocked to see a line like .280/.350 w/ 30 hrs and 20 SB. I mean he did hit 24 hrs despite being in a huge slump and missing most of May.

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

yeah in MLB2K10 the video game.

4 years 9 months ago

And this is why I play Baseball Mogul and OOTP, can’t pull off stupid trades that only the biggest of homers would imagine.

WiiCat
4 years 9 months ago

You make funny joke.

cayanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Justice has been done? Where was the injustice? This is my point!

vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

Your “point”? We’re all still trying to figure out what that point is…

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

See the 2009 Cy Young award winner NOT named Felix, that was injustice, you wouldnt understand ay you have “NY” on your forehead, actually i take you as a guy who has “NY” on the back of his head.

TheHotCorner
4 years 9 months ago

Way to go King Felix! A well deserved Cy Young. And for those complaing about who finished 2nd and 3rd…who cares. There isn’t an award for Runner Up and this isn’t like the Ms America Pageant where if the winner is unable to fulfill their duties as the winner that the second place finisher will take the title.

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

The Facebook comments on this post are pretty hilarious if anyone’s looking for a good chuckle.

Congrats Felix — well-deserved indeed. The AL’s best pitcher in 2010, for sure.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Bad choice. Wins do matter and I say this as someone who is down with new stats. Carlton won 30% of his team’s wins one year. It’s just not true that a pitcher cannot overcome an anemic offense. Felix pitches in an extremely pitcher friendly park, so lack of offense shouldn’t be as big of a factor as it was for Greinke last year. Not so for Sabathia, who put the team on his back while other pitchers were injured or ineffective. Price was just one of a stacked staff. New ground here when a pitcher can be Cy with a. 500 record.

4 years 9 months ago

Read the first sentence and stopped. You should actually read/watch baseball. Wins are important!!!!!!!!!! They are!!!!!!! Bartolo deserved his Cy Young!!!!!!!!!! /sarcasm

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

I watch plenty of baseball. Cy Young winners find ways to win games. Colon won in a weak field. Maybe you guys should look up Steve Carlton and stop spouting Rob Neyer dogma.

4 years 9 months ago

Never mind my comments. Didn’t see the ‘yanksfan’ in your name. Useless arguing with a homer.

Muggi
4 years 9 months ago

So Carlton did something amazing 38 years ago, and that means Felix shouldn’t win the award because he didn’t match that. Gotcha.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

The only way Hernandez could’ve “found” to win his games (Outside of dominating the ever living crap out of the entire AL, which he did) would be to slug his DH and step into the box. The dude had about the worst offense to take the field since the DH was implemented.

TheHotCorner
4 years 9 months ago

Please. According to your theory Felix could have had an ERA of 1.00 and if his record was the same it would be his fault. Do you watch baseball?

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

Shocking to see someone with that username make that post…

So if Felix starts 34 games, throws 34 complete games with an ERA of 1.00, allowing 1 run in each start, puts up an 11.0 K/9 and a 1.0 BB/9, allows 5 homers all season, induces a 60% groundball rate, but goes 14-14… he shouldn’t win. Okey doke. Good logic.

BoSoxSam
4 years 9 months ago

Gonna do a little editing of your first two sentences there: “Bad choice. Wins do matter and I say this as a Yankees fan.”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Really, its one of your later sentences that bugs me. “It’s just not true that a pitcher cannot overcome an anemic offense.” Well, first, tell me that again when the Yankees have one of the worst lineups in MLB. You may change your tune. And second, I’m pretty sure Felix demonstrated this year exactly how wrong you are. How can you blame the PITCHER for losing 3-2, 3-1, 2-1, 1-0 games? I’ve seen Sabathia have a bad night, give up five runs in 5 innings, and still come out with the win. You’re saying that if Sabathia pitched that way all year, and as long as the Yanks won for him at least 20 times, he should still beat Felix for Cy Young. Now that’s just crazy. Come on.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 9 months ago

Just for the record. In 2010 Sabathia only had 1 win which came when he gave up more than 3 ER.

If you gave Sabathia a win for going 6 IP and allowing 3 runs or less and a loss whenever he failed to do so his record would be 26-8. If you did the same for Felix his record would’ve been 30-4. Felix had ZERO margin for error and ABSOLUTELY deserved to win the award but please, let’s not act as if CC wasn’t good enough to be in the conversation and be a top 3 vote getter.

BoSoxSam
4 years 9 months ago

I didn’t mean to make it sound like that, sorry. I just meant theoretically; was exaggerating the theory he proposed. I definitely think Sabathia was in the race, and deserved to be in the top 3. He just made an erroneous assumption that wins are everything, and I was running with it.

4 years 9 months ago

“Wins do matter and I say this as someone who is down with new stats.”

As a stats guy, please explain the Cy Young winners from 1981, 1984, and 1992.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

Should’ve stopped reading there. Saying “someone who is down with new stats” is the baseball metrics equivelant of saying “I’m hip to that new rap music.”

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

That Lil Weezy is something else.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Exactly.. how many ‘wins’ did gagne and eckersley have

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

And Jeter deserved the Gold Glove because of his “intangibles”…….

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, you’re right, because I believe wins should be taken into account when other stats are in the same ballpark I believe Jeter should win the gold glove. Try phonics buddy.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

So Jeter deserved the GG because of wins? Maybe I really do need to try phonics altho I think learning to speak “homer” would help more.

4 years 9 months ago

phonics won’t help you there, need to get rosetta stone to understand these people.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

You do need phonics if you can’t distinguish a discussion about the Cy from gold glove.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

Ok, I give up. Where do I get one of those Rosetta Stones? Let me try this another way… Jeter deserved the GG less than CC deserved the CY.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Lord you’re dense. I was being sarcastic about jeter deserving the GG in response to your moronic conflation of an argument about CC or Price winning the Cy Young with an argument about the Gold Glove, a completely different and unrelated topic.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

AHHH!!!! I get it! Sorry, but sarcasm is sometimes hard to detect especially when done that ineptly. Sorry if I brought the Jeter GG into a discussion filled with a ton of Yankee homers that think that every award should go to one of their players, no matter how undeserving. Bringing other awards into an award discussion was truly moronic of me. I don’t know how I could have dared to attempt to conflate 2 baseball awards. /selfbonk

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

You cannot seriously tell me that this Cy Young debate is as clearcut as the fact that Jeter didn’t deserve that GG. Learn to read.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

At least you admit that it is clearcut that Jeter didn’t deserve the GG. I hope that someday you can be as clear that CC didn’t deserve the CY (altho at least he was in the top 4 or 6 in that). Learn to comprehend.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

I missed the sentence where I said CC should win bar none. Price would have been a good choice too. You guys are throwing out stats that Felix didn’t have to justify giving him the award. He didn’t have a 1.00 era. His stats were very good but not so overwhelming or historic (like Gagnes record saves) to make the open and shut case. Ignore my comments if you can’t handle friendly disagreement without insisting wildly that the award is solely about stats that, historically, it has not. The only basis for your contention is your opinion of what the award should be. It doesn’t make me wrong to disagree with that notion based on the historical criteria of the award.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

Ok, wrong. So you’re saying that a pitcher could go 22-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.500 WHIP and he’s better than the pitcher that goes 10-12 with a 1.00 ERA and .800 WHIP?!

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

I missed where that happened this season. I’m not advocating a hard and fast rule. I’m only talking about the contenders this year, not hypothetical situations. When those stats happen, let’s talk.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t get the point.

You say CC should win because his teams lineup is stacked, while Felix’s lineup was the worst in baseball.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

No. My point is that wins do matter historically and the argument that they shouldn’t is a reenvisioning of the award’s criteria, rather than the other way around, as most of the posters are saying. If you want to stop taking wins into account, then you are the one changing the meaning of the award, not me.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

but the Cy Young is awarded to baseballs best pitcher overall, not baseballs best pitcher on a team. CC wouldn’t get 21 wins on the M’s, Felix would get more than 21 on the Yankees. Look into saber metrics, pal.

tonyyanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

Look, I get what you’re saying. But we can also ask what Price or CC would’ve done in a generous park like safeco, pitching against a weaker division and having no pressure because nothing is on the line.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Baseball players have no pride so they make up for it with pressure?

jt24
4 years 9 months ago

carlton also had a run support of about 4 each time he pitched, felix only had a 3.3 run support. Obvious;y his pffense screwed him over. How else could he have the lowest era

jt24
4 years 9 months ago

carlton also had a run support of about 4 each time he pitched, felix only had a 3.3 run support. Obvious;y his pffense screwed him over. How else could he have the lowest era

monkeyspanked
4 years 9 months ago

Wow I’m kinda surprised they got it right… Thought for sure CC might get it. Well the Gold Gloves are a joke but they got CY and ROY right. There is hope after all.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

General lesson from all of this: coches are dumber than we give them credit for, the BBWA is smarter than we give them credit for.

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

I still think Austin Jackson deserved the AL ROY, IMO. but wasnt hurt that Feliz got it, his name means happy in spanish, you gotta love that guy.

4 years 9 months ago

Score one for sabermetrics.

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

The scary thing in all of this? Felix is only 24.

4 years 9 months ago

Even more scary? I’m 4 months old.

4 years 9 months ago

What can you say about King Felix, he pitched great this season and this is well-deserved. Being a Yankee fan am I disappointed CC didn’t win, duh, but can anyone who is a Yankees fan honestly argue against this guy winning over CC? I don’t think so…

So long as Robbie wins the AL MVP, I’m happy :)

4 years 9 months ago

Maybe if ‘Robby’ deserved it. Don’t be a homer. I’m a Rangers fan, but still am 100% sure in my heart that it should go to Cabrera.

4 years 9 months ago

Well of course the most deserved person should win. You feel Cabrera should win, I don’t. But that’s just me :).