Award voting often leads to controversy. Voting is done by people, and people make for imperfect judges with inconsistent guidelines, with the end result sometimes being a disagreeable pick. People almost look forward to the end-of-season MLB awards as an opportunity to make fun of the voters for making predictably bad choices.
However, there's voting, and then there's voting that ends up with a unanimous first-place selection. Moments ago, Phillies ace Roy Halladay won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award by picking up 32 of 32 first-place votes. When something like that happens, one's only conclusion is that the player was an obvious choice. And, sure enough, there's not a soul who would complain about Halladay receiving the honor.
Halladay became the 13th unanimous Cy Young winner in National League history. The others are shown below:
Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965, 1966)
Greg Maddux (1994, 1995)
Jake Peavy (2007)
Randy Johnson (2002)
Bob Gibson (1968)
Steve Carlton (1972)
Rick Sutcliffe (1984)
Dwight Gooden (1985)
Orel Hershiser (1988)
There have been eight unanimous American League selections, with Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Johan Santana each doing it twice.