I guess it comes as no surprise that Brad Lidge and Charlie Manuel were shut out of the first two NL postseason awards, Cy Young and Manager of the Year.
But, it was surprising that Brad got so few votes (fourth place, 10 total points). He truly was “Lights Out” Lidge, clearly the best closer in the NL.
Charlie took a back seat to Lou Piniella, who guided the Cubs to the best NL record before going home after three playoff games. Yes, all voting is done by Baseball Writers Association of America members prior to the start of the postseason and that’s the way it should be.
The Phillies have had three Cy Young winners, Steve Carlton (first to do it four times, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), John Denny (1983) and Steve Bedrosian (1987). “Bedrock” was our closer in 1987 and he won the award that fall in the closest balloting ever: 57 points to 55 for Rick Sutcliffe (Cubs) and 54 for Orel Hershiser (Dodgers).
Steve was the first Phillie to ever lead the majors in saves (40). He had 48 save opportunities. At one point that season, Bedrosian set a then major league record with 13 consecutive saves. Brad finished the regular season in 2008, 41-for-41. Can’t do any better than that.
We’ve only had one BBWAA Manager Award winner, Larry Bowa in 2001.
But, Brad and Charlie have something coming that is more prestigious, a World Series ring. Everyone knows they would not trade that ring for an award.
The one NL award still to come is the MVP. It will be announced next Monday afternoon. Ryan Howard climbed into the mix with his torrid September. Was it enough for a third straight MVP trophy for the Phillies?
The Phillies are one of three area teams to be recognized as the Pride of Philly Award winners at tomorrow night’s Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame banquet.
Joining the Phillies are the Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football League champions) and the Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy basketball team (PIAA Class AAA state champions). The award is given annually to those “having represented the Philadelphia area with dignity, determination and class through athletic achievement.”
Phillies Hall of Fame outfielder Ed Delahanty (1888-89; 1891-1901) is being inducted posthumously at the banquet, the fifth annual by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Accepting the award will be a great nephew of Ed, Thomas Delahanty of North Royalton, OH.
Through November 6, Phillies Insider ranked 18th among blogs on mlb.com with Down the Line by the Phillies Ballgirls in 10th place. Shane Victorino’s blog during the postseason was second. Shane did a great job during Octxober.
If you haven’t had a chance, check out the Phillies Ballgirls for a different perspective.