Found November 15, 2012 on
Well, if a voting member of the Baseball Writers Association of America was going to leave Gio Gonzalez off his Cy Young ballot, it might as well be a beat reporter covering the f--king Cardinals. That beat reporter would be Derrick Goold.
Now, Goold didn't leave Gio off his ballot simply because 199 1/3 innings pitched is not the same as 200 innings pitched. But those two missing outs apparently tipped him off to something only he could see. Here's Goold, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
One column for Gonzalez stood out.
He was the only one who didn’t throw 200 innings.
He threw 199 1/3.
outs were not enough to decide my vote. That would be silly. I think of
dismissing a 199-inning season because it didn’t get those magical next
three outs a lot like saying a batter with a .299 average is a .200
hitter, not a .300 hitter. I thought of that number – that 199 1/3
innings – a lot like I did his 21 wins. They were indicators. They were
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And so, the Nats were denied the ROY/MOY/Cy trifecta...Gio Gonzalez finishes third in NL Cy Young Award voting.
Congrats to R.A. Dickey.
(Screencap of Gio Gonzalez via MLB Network)
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