Teammate Ryan Howard, who won the award last season, finished fifth in
the voting, while Chase Utley, considered a front-runner until
suffering a hand injury, finished eighth. [Final voting]
From a BBWAA release - Of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, Rollins was listed first on 16, second on seven, third on four, fourth on four and fifth on one for a total of 353 points, based on the tabulation system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th. Matt Holliday’s breakdown was 11 first-place votes, 18 seconds, one third, one fourth and one sixth for 336 points. The 17-point differential between Rollins and Holliday made the 2007 election the ninth closest in the NL since the current format was adopted in 1938.
Beerleaguer: The writers have spoken and J-Roll was the best. One could debate the outcome forever, but the case for Rollins was rock solid, down to the final stats, which supposedly favored Holliday.
Rollins was the first player in history to produce 200 hits (212) and 20 doubles (38), triples (20), home runs (30) and stolen bases (41) in a season. He set a league record for shortstops with 380 total bases, breaking Ernie Banks’ mark set in 1958. His 139 runs and 88 extra-base hits were league records for a shortstop. He also set a Major League record with 716 at-bats, and became the third shortstop in history to have at least 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season.
So we ask again – who’s the greater statistical standout, Holliday – a superb-hitting left fielder – or the player setting new offensive precedents at the most demanding position on the field? My vote - the majority vote - goes to the player who's asked to lead on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, 2007 was J-Roll at his very best. Flashing an arm that was better than ever, Jimmy took the field in all 162 games, backing up his pre-season boast that the Phillies, not the Mets, were the team to beat. And he made sure the Mets remembered it. He smoked the Mets. Smoked 'em.
Here’s another argument that holds little water: “Rollins has better players around him.” They gutted out the loss of Chase Utley, they overcame Ryan Howard’s trip to the DL, they endured through the worst pitching staff in the league, yet there’s no doubt they would have been sitting home in October if Jimmy had missed even a single, solitary game.
This was Jimmy's team.