After that 2-hit shutout last night, it occurs to me once again that the lack of national publicity given to Aaron Harang is downright criminal. On the season now, Harang is 14-3 with a 3.51 ERA. Outstanding numbers.
As you will recall, Harang had a great season last year, yet didn’t receive a single vote for the Cy Young Award. Hence, our latest crusade here at Redleg Nation: to garner support for Aaron Harang’s candidacy for the Cy Young.
It’s not an entirely unreasonable proposition. Harang leads the league in winning percentage, and is tied for second in wins, is 2nd in the league in innings pitched, and 2nd in strikeouts (after leading the league in that category last year). Yes, Brandon Webb is having a great year, but has he been as dominant as Harang? (Maybe, but it’s closer than anyone in the national media would admit.)
Last year’s snub of Harang in the Cy Young voting was a complete joke. There is no question whatsoever that Aaron Harang is a legitimate candidate for this year’s award, and if he is any lower than third in the voting, then the award is worthless as far as I’m concerned. Another year without a vote will mean that the Cincinnati-area writers should be tarred and feathered, because the hometown guys should definitely be supporting Harang after watching his stud-like performance in 2007.
So let’s start the buzz on the Aaron Harang for Cy Young campaign. If we are going to build a groundswell of support, it has to start here and now. E-mail all of your Peter Gammonses and Tim Kurkjians and Ken Rosenthals and Jayson Starkses, and let them know that they are missing an opportunity to witness one of the dominant pitchers in all of baseball.
Tell them all to Vote Aaron Harang for the 2007 Cy Young Award.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.