Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage.
Bell had a hell of a year. There were a lot of relievers that did, actually, including Wilson. And Rafael Soriano. And Joakim Soria. And Rivera. An argument can be made that any of those guys, and maybe some others, were deserving.
And since we haven’t moaned about the AL Cy Young Award for some time here, I wish we had thought to argue about it and call people names and everything before the announcement.
But hey, Heath: you’re still dreamy.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.