November 7th, 2013
The last two 2013 awards left for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to award bring accolades to the best pitcher and best overall player in each league.
The Walter Johnson Award honors the pitcher in each league that excelled far beyond anyone else. This year’s award was a dominant choice in both leagues for the Alliance.
Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers: Scherzer’s sixth year in the league would easily be his most dominant. He led the American League with 21 wins as well as with a .875 winning percentage and 0.970 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched). He kept base runners off the base paths and away from scoring. A 2.90 earned run average would be backed up by 240 strikeouts over 214.1 innings. The Tigers’ pitcher was dominant throughout most of the season and the Alliance recognized that with 95% of their vote.
Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers: Not to be outdone, Kershaw garnered 98% of the vote on the National League side of the BBA. While Kershaw would not win many games this season, he would not yield many runs, either. He would lead the league with a 1.83 earned run average. He would also lead the league in strikeouts with 232 and 0.915 WHIP. Kershaw proved once again to be dominant and the BBA recognized that by making him the first two-time winner of the Johnson award.
Previous Walter Johnson Award Winners:
2012: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers ; R.A. Dickey, New York Mets
2011: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers ; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2010: Felix Hernadez, Seattle Mariners; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
2009: Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giant
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally.