That went to someone who made major league history.
MLB announced today that Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney was chosen for the top reliever award by a baseball panel.
Rodney also won MLB’s American League Comeback Player of the Year Award, with San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey winning the National League’s version; both comeback awards are voted on by mlb.com reporters.
Rodney, in his first year with the Rays, was 2-2 with 48 saves and a 0.60 ERA. That’s the lowest ERA in the history of baseball for a pitcher who has thrown at least 50 innings in a season (the previous record was 0.61 by Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley in 1990).
Johnson, who broke the Orioles’ record for saves this year with a major league leading 51 (Randy Myers had 45 in 1997) also received votes for Delivery Man of the Year. So did Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel.