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 chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 15 Comments

  1. Those are all great numbers that do not include the 2 missed starts. Still he is second in IP and K’s and wins. He accounts for some 20 percent of our total wins. The Reds also win his starts that the bullpen kills for him and he has a few games the he got a ND in where he carried our team SD, Cle and Mil come to mind as 3 excellent ND that he pitched in and the Reds prevailed in. Anyhow those are a couple ideas that I have.

  2. Also I vote for Aaron Harang to be Redleg nation player of the Month just beating out Jeff Keppinger.

  3. Harang is just a badass.

  4. No doubt he deserves a look

  5. Thinking as objectively as I can – and it’s difficult after last night – I’d put Harang third after Webb and Peavy. He will get a some support this year; with the bloom off Arroyo, who did get a couple votes last year, Harang is unquestionably the Reds best pitcher and the media has latched onto the “led the league in wins, IP, and K yet got no votes” meme, at least a little.

    Last night Harang registered the second highest gamescore (90) for an NL pitcher this year. Jon Lieber got a 92 on 6/9.

  6. I’ve just created the button to get the campaign going! It’s Aaron, Stupid!

  7. Aaron might lack carisma, but man he can pitch!

  8. As the Pittsburgh announcers mentioned last night, he was even ignored by the Cincinnati sports writers last year for Cy Young. That is a crime.

  9. This might make a good Paul Daugherty column, if he’s looking for something to write about besides Adam Dunn’s strikeouts or whether Norris Hopper might be able to lead off forevah if only he could somehow learn to finally take a few walks.

    Still, though, as great of a year Harang’s having, there are some studs this season in the NL.

    NL VORP
    Peavy 65.7
    Penny 56.0
    Webb 54.7
    Oswalt 51.6
    Hudson 51.4
    Young 48.6
    Harang 46.0 (14th in the ML)

  10. How does Cy Young voting work? Writers pick top 10 per league? Top 3?

  11. harang is the man.
    he should win hes my favorite pitcher in the mlb

  12. Harang should get consideration, but I think Jake Peavy’s been #1 this year, no?

  13. I forgot about Penny. Maybe the voters will too. 🙂

  14. Greg, I believe the writers pick the top 3 as they do with the MVP.

  15. 😥 it sucks how ppl dont give aaron the credit he deservres, he’s better than ppl say he is where i live.

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About Chad Dotson

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 chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2007 Reds, Reds - General