Happ denied hardwareby Eric Schwartz
Phillies rookie pitcher J.A, Happ was the only player named on every NL Rookie of the Year ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
It still wasn’t enough to win him the award.
Florida rookie Chris Coghlan received 17 first-place votes, to Happ’s 10 in winning the award, Major League Baseball announced today.
To his credit Coghlan did have strong credentials, batting .321 with 31 doubles and nine home runs with the Marlins. However, I’m still not sure he deserved the nod over Happ, who was a big reason why the Phillies made it to the World Series for the second-straight season.
In his first full season Happ was sensational going 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 23 starts. He was certainly the best rookie pitcher leading all NL rookies in innings (166), strikeouts (119) and complete games (three).
He also appeared in 12 games as a reliever, most coming early in the season when Chan Ho Park was starting, and a few coming in the playoffs when the team needed someone reliable to give them innings.
Happ was a consistent pitcher on a staff that often lacked it. He jus didn’t get the hardware he deserved.