i'll try to update it as much as i can. if any of you guys read an article and would like to post it, you are more than welcome to use this thread.
let's start with...
Halladay, Wells named Blue Jays pitcher, player of year by Toronto BBWAA chapter
Friday, November 18, 2005
TORONTO (CP) - Ace right-hander Roy Halladay, who went 12-4 in 19 starts before suffering a broken left leg, was named Blue Jays pitcher of the year for the third time by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Friday.
Centre-fielder Vernon Wells, already a Gold Glove winter, won player of the year honours for a second time, left-hander Gustavo Chacin was a unanimous pick for rookie of the year and right-hander Josh Towers, who is finalizing a $5.2-million US, two-year deal, took most improved player honours in a near unanimous vote.
Halladay edged Towers 29-25 for pitcher of the year honours, with Chacin a hair back at 23.
The big right-hander was on his way to another Cy Young calibre campaign until a comebacker off the bat of Texas' Kevin Mench fractured his leg July 8. He gamely tried to return in August but shut down his season when the break had yet to heal.
Halladay still ended up third on the team with 141 2-3 innings and sported a sparkling earned-run average of 2.41.
Wells beat out infielder-DH Shea Hillenbrand 29-24 for the player of the year prize.
After a terrible start to the season, Wells recovered to bat .269 with 28 and 97 RBIs, both team-highs. He also made his pitchers' lives easier with his outstanding defence.
Hillenbrand, acquired from Arizona last winter, batted .291 with 18 homers and 82 RBIs while winning over teammates with his gritty play.
Chacin was the obvious pick for rookie of the year after going 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA and throwing 203 innings. The soft-spoken Venezuelan was the team's most reliable starter in July after Halladay went down, pitching deep into games to ease bullpen's load.
Shortstop Russ Adams finished second with 27 points to Chacin's 42, with infielder Aaron Hill third at 15.
Towers also stepped up in Halladay's absence, maturing from an all-or-nothing pitcher into a hurler who could eat up innings on days he wasn't at his best. He finished up 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA and could have easily had four or five more wins with some better luck.
Towers picked up 39 points to easily win the award, finishing well ahead off reliever Jason Frasor at 11 and right-fielder Alex Rios at eight.
Fourteen members of the chapter voted on the awards, picking a top three in each category. Points were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis.