While I understand the love for Rivera (He is no doubt the best relief pitcher of all time), the differences between his comeback from a torn ACL and Kazmir's journey from the Sugarland Skeeters to a viable major league starter are not really comparable. The depths from where Kazmir had to rise from was much. much deeper than what Mo did.
But as I alluded to in the teaser, I knew that Rivera would be a shoo-in for the award, and he had a 2.4 to 1.1 edge in WAR (BRef). Where I feel Kazmir truly got shafted is that he finished third behind
LGFT Victor Martinez of the Tigers. Victor accumulated a 1.2 WAR over 668 plate appearances while Kazmir posted his 1.1 in just 29 starts, with an excellent K/9 rate.
Voting is 5 points for first, three for second and one for third:
- Mariano Rivera (Yankees): 54
- Victor Martinez (Tigers): 16
- Scott Kazmir (Indians): 12
- James Loney (Rays): 7
- Neal Cotts (Rangers): 5