Told that his name might not be treasured among Giants fans today, Chris De Luca, national baseball writer of the Chicago Sun-Times, said, “I’m glad I don’t have season tickets any more.”
De Luca didn’t cost Lincecum, who still won in a landslide by receiving 23 of 32 first-place votes, and he expressed admiration for Timmy Terrific, who went 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and became the first Giant in history to lead the majors in strikeouts (265).
De Luca stood by his ballot. Voters are allowed to pick the top three pitchers and De Luca had Brandon Webb first, Brad Lidge second and Johan Santana third.
“It’s funny because toward the end of the season, in early September, I was thinking Lincecum would be in my top two,” De Luca said. “I thought Webb’s victories (22) stood out to me more than anything, and Lincecum didn’t have the victories. Twenty victories was a big deal. We had a stretch there where no one was hitting 20.
“Santana (undefeated after June 28) stood out because there was so much pressure not just being in New York, but to be who he is. With Lidge being a perfect closer (41-for-41 in save chances), that was a tough pick for me, not to pick him No. 1.”
Posted: November 12, 2008 at 04:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
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