As expected, San Diego’s Jake Peavy is the big winner after leading the league in victories (19), ERA (2.54), strikeouts (240) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.67).
Peavy, 26, earned all 32 first-place votes. Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon Webb finished in second place and Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny came in third. Hamels, 24 next season, ended 2007 with a 15-5 mark to go with a 3.66 ERA and 177 strikeouts in his first full season with the Phils. He was also named to the All-Star Team and started Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Two third-place votes isn't much, but it's nice to see a homegrown player on the board.
Phillies pushing hard for Lowell? ESPN’s Buster Olney says sources have told him the Phils are making a hard run for free agent third baseman Mike Lowell, who said he would be open to playing in Philadelphia. Yesterday, ESPN’s Peter Gammons said the Phils may be offering a long-term, back-loaded contract to coincide with next season’s departure of Pat Burrell.
Beerleaguer book club returns: Winter is here and that means it’s time to catch up on reading. Along the right sidebar you’ll find an excellent assortment of books, including the one currently sitting by my bedside, “You Gotta Have Wa” by Robert Whiting. Selections are based on reader recommendations, which can be submitted in the comment thread below.