Yes, I voted for David Price over Justin Verlander for American League Cy Young. And yes, I am happy to defend that selection, and would defend it publicly even if the Baseball Writers' Association of America were not revealing all of our ballots for the first time.
The new transparency is a fantastic development, requiring every voter to be accountable. You'll still see some curious choices, but that's the beauty of an open election. I've always loved awards season - the analyses, the arguments, even the shrieking on Twitter. And now, the process is even better than before.
So, why Price? It wasn't an easy choice, not for me or many of the other voters - Price won by only four points, the narrowest margin of victory since voters began selecting more than one pitcher in 1970. My ballot went like this: Price, Verlander, Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, Fernando Rodney.
I voted Rodney fifth because of his Eckersley-like season, but generally value innings greatly ...