Felix Hernandez, Chris Young Among 2014 Players Choice Award Winners
The MLB Network just announced their Players Choice Award Winners for the 2014 season. Two Mariners: starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and starting pitcher Chris Young both received honors.
The night started with the announcement of the American League and National League Outstanding Rookie Award Winners:
The AL race could have been a tighter one between Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka had Tanaka been healthy all season, and Jacob deGrom was well deserving for the Mets.
Next came the announcement for the American League Outstanding Pitcher of the Year award, which went to the Mariners’ own King Felix Hernandez:
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No one was more deserving than Felix, who notched 15 wins and had the lowest ERA and WHIP in the American League since Pedro Martinez back in 2ooo.
Coming as no real surprise, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers raked in the National League Outstanding Pitcher Award along with the Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards:
Even though Kershaw struggled in the postseason, his regular season numbers were absurd, besting even the most potent lineups on a nightly basis.
Then came the NL and AL Comeback Player of the Year Player’s Choice Awards. Chris Young received this same honor from Sporting News, and it is no surprise the players showed him similar respect. His 2014 season was a renaissance, seeing as he hadn’t pitched nearly this well since playing for San Diego in 2007.
Then the MLB Network announced the Player’s Choice Awards for the AL and NL Outstanding Players:
Mike Trout has been the best AL position player the last three seasons. And Giancarlo Stanton has been the only anchor for the Miami Marlins as the team and the organization have seen turbulent times. Everyone receiving awards tonight were well deserving. But all the better that Seattle Mariners fans can enjoy two of those 10 total awards. To end the show, they announced the Player of the Year Award which went again to lefty ace Clayton Kershaw:
Though Clayton Kershaw stole the show with three of the ten awards given by the players, it is refreshing to see Mariners faces representing prestigious baseball awards.