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Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

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.

  1. Mr. Heyward - Oct 13, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Marmol gets honorable mention from me for his ridiculously amazing K/9 ratio.

  2. Michael - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    And he lead all relievers in Fangraphs WAR by a good margin.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I liked it better when it was the Fireman of the Year award, sponsored by Rolaids. ROLAIDS spells “relief.”

  4. birdmancometh - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Don’t argue this please. The Padres deserve to get SOMETHING out of this year.

  5. Jasonb - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Heath Bell is 1 of the reasons the Pads came as close as they did. He’d always add a little drama, but would hold the other team to secure the win.

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