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Was Almost in the Bag!
"A quiz about some baseballers who either won or was runner-up for an award. I hope that you enjoy it. :)"
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The 2008 American League MVP Award saw the top four finishers receive first place votes on the balloting. Who would be the victorious one and take home the award?
What a waste to win 20 games in a season and not take home a Cy Young Award. That's what happened to me in Toronto in 2008. I was 20-11 and struck out over 200 batters. I took only four first place ballots for the award. My name is Roy Halladay. Who took my American League Cy Young Award?
Braves manager Bobby Cox won his fourth Manager of the Year Award in 2005. The runner-up manager took his team to a 100-win season, 10 more wins that Bobby, but still couldn't bag the award. Who was this National League manager?
I was a Houston pitcher in 2001 and went 14-3 in the season. If it weren't for some guy named Pujols, I would have won the Rookie of the Year Award. Who am I?
The 2010 Hall of Fame induction ceremony saw one player, one umpire, and one manager inducted. They were Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey, and Whitey Herzog, respectively. Which pitcher, who set a record by giving up 50 home runs in a season, just barely missed out on a Hall of Fame induction by .2% of the balloting?
Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers took the bragging rights for winning the first-ever Cy Young Award in 1956. Who was his teammate Dodger pitcher that also received first place ballot voting, but finished as the runner-up to the award?
Some baseball fanatics might know that Ty Cobb won the first-ever American League MVP Award in 1911. He was the only player to get first place votes on the ballots. Which Chicago White Sox pitcher, and later Hall of Famer finished as the runner-up to the first AL MVP Award?
Tom Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the very first National League Manager of the Year Award in 1983. He took 10 first place ballots compared to the runner-up who came so close with nine first place ballots. Who was this Houston manager?
My name is Chet Nichols. My career almost took off as a rookie in 1951, but some Giant centerfielder beat me out for the Rookie of the Year Award. Nobody remembers me, but everyone remembers the other guy. Who was it that took the 1951 Rookie of the Year Award?
I watched the 2009 Cy Young Award voting. It didn't make much sense to me as I took more first place ballot voting that any other pitcher, but still finished third for the award. I threw a 19-8 season with my Cardinals, but it apparently wasn't good enough. I watched Tim Lincecum of the Giants win the award, and Cardinal teammate Chris Carpenter finish second. Who am I?
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