The Phillies closer, who converted all 41 of his save opportunities, received 12 first-place votes and was named on 22 of 30 ballets, according to the team Web site.
Beerleaguer: This is a goofy category. Who qualifies exactly? Cubs closer Kerry Wood finished second, followed by Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick, Marlins third baseman Jorge Cantu and Mets outfielder Fernando Tatis. Where exactly did Ludwick come back from? He never was. And does someone like Carlos Delgado deserve consideration for a brilliant second half?
I’m not exactly sold that Lidge entered 2008 as some sort of darkhorse. The Phillies acquired him to handle the ninth inning and sent a nice package to Houston to get him. As for Wood, he's more like rehabilitated player of the year. My idea of a comeback player is closer to Cantu or Tatis, scrubs who were near finished and resurrected their careers entirely.