An injury-plagued and so-so September may have proved costly for Phillies’ candidate J.A. Happ (12-4, 2.93). Florida outfielder Chris Coghlan (.321/.390/.460), who led baseball with 113 second-half hits, took home the hardware.
Beerleaguer: This figured to be a tight race and I respect the voters’ decision; Coghlan, who earned 17 of 32 first-place votes, looks like a good one and caught fire after the All-Star break. Tommy Hanson wouldn’t have bothered me, either. Take nothing away from Happ, who earned 10 first-place votes and was the Phillies’ best and most consistent pitcher in a World Series year, opening eyes with a 12-win season and a pair of complete-game shutouts against the Jays and Rockies. Still, he seems to attract a fair share of skeptics, a group that quite possibly includes the Phillies. I know the national stat guys don’t buy into him. At worst, he's a Major League starting pitcher, and I'm quite content with that.