SEATTLE - JULY 10: Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners jumps for joy after defeating the New York Yankees 4-1 at Safeco Field on July 10 2010 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez Wins First Cy Young Award, Beats Out David Price, CC Sabathia

Though King Felix finished with just a 13-12 record, he led the league in both innings and ERA while pitching for a bad team, and was named the winner of the 2010 American League Cy Young Award.

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Felix Hernandez Wins 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award Despite Record

CC Sabathia won 21 games for the Yankees with a 3.18 ERA. David Price won 19 games for the Rays with a 2.72 ERA. Jon Lester, Justin Verlander, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Cahill, and several other pitchers all won at least 14 times with low ERA figures. But, in the end, the Baseball Writers Association of America saw past the win totals and awarded the 2010 American League Cy Young to Seattle's young Felix Hernandez.

Pitching for a terrible Mariners team, Hernandez won just 13 times, with 12 losses to his name. However, he also led the league in innings, ERA, and quality starts while receiving the lowest run support in baseball, which built a very convincing case. Such a convincing case, in fact, that Hernandez picked up 21 of a possible 28 first-place votes, with Price getting four, and Sabathia getting three.

Hernandez becomes the second Cy Young winner in Mariners history, joining Randy Johnson in 1995. He's also the second Venezuelan-born player ever to win. He was the runner-up in 2009, behind Zack Greinke.

The full voting table is shown below, courtesy of the BBWAA:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners 21 2 3 1 1 167
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays 4 15 7 1 111
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees 3 10 12 2 1 102
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox 1 9 12 33
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 2 6 2 24
Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox 2 5 4 20
Cliff Lee, Seattle Mariners/Texas Rangers 1 1 1 6
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay Rays 1 3 5
Trevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics 1 2 4
Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals 1 2
Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins 1 1
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers 1 1
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