Philadelphia's Roy Halladay added another victory to an almost perfect season Tuesday, unanimously winning the NL Cy Young Award and becoming the fifth pitcher to earn the honor in both leagues.
"It's by far the most fun I've ever had playing this game," he said on a conference call from Mexico, where he was golfing with Phillies teammate Mike Sweeney, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter and Padres pitcher Chris Young.
In the Year of the Pitcher, Halladay became the only one ever to throw a perfect game and no-hitter in the same season. Halladay, who came to the Phillies from the Blue Jays this season, was an easy choice after going 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts. He led the league in wins and topped the majors in innings (2502⁄3), shutouts (4) and complete games (9).
Halladay received all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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Adam Wainwright of St. Louis was second, and Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado was third. San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum, who won the past two NL Cy Youngs, finished 11th.
"It's surprising," Halladay said. "There could have been a lot of cases made, strong cases."
This year's AL Cy Young winner will be announced Thursday. It could be a much more complicated race.
Felix Hernandez went 13-12 but topped the majors with a 2.27 ERA, led the AL in innings and was second in strikeouts. His Mariners had the worst record in the league and were either shut out or held to one run in 10 of his 34 starts. CC Sabathia of the Yankees went 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA, and Tampa Bay's David Price was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA.
Uggla traded to Braves
Power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla was dealt from the Marlins to the Braves Tuesday for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn in the first trade of the general managers' meetings.
A two-time All-Star and Louisville native, Uggla hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBI last season and had been discussing a possible contract extension with Florida. He made $7.8 million this year, is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2011 World Series.
Infante was a first-time All-Star who hit a career-high .321 with eight homers and 47 RBI. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 25 games in his rookie season.
The trade reunites Uggla with former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, hired by the Braves to succeed Bobby Cox.
Cubs push for state's help
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Tuesday trotted out a wide range of people, from iron workers to restaurant owners, saying they will all benefit from his proposal to use $200 million in state bonds to help renovate Wrigley Field.
Flanked by representatives of unions and civic groups, Ricketts tried to dispel any suggestion that his proposal would cost taxpayers.
"This is not a new tax, not an increased tax and a tax only paid by people who come to Cubs games and buy Cubs tickets," he said. "Taxpayers are being asked for nothing."
Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley say they can't back the plan, not when Illinois is mired in billions of dollars of debt. Ricketts says the team would pay off the bonds over 35 years with higher ticket prices for Cubs fans.
MLB's Watson to retire
Bob Watson will retire at the end of the year as baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, MLB said Tuesday. Watson, 64, has held the position since 2002. He was a two-time All-Star as a player and was general manager of the Astros and Yankees, where he became the first black GM in baseball to win a World Series.