The man for whom the award for the best pitcher in each league is named was once himself traded to the opposite league at mid-season. Cy Young was dealt from the AL's Indians to the NL's Braves in 1911, his final season. Young followed his 3-4 start with Cleveland by going 4-5 for Boston, numbers hardly worthy of his Hall of Fame resume. Of course, Young was anything but at the time, a 44-year-old veteran of 22 big league seasons in which he won 511 games, pitched 7,354 2/3 innings and completed 749 of his 815 career starts. His right arm must have looked as puffy and out of shape as CC Sabathia appears to be.
Looks, of course, should be no more a hindrance to winning the Cy Young award than switching leagues is. The real criteria should come from quality of performance, with added incentive given to those whose performance boosts their team to a postseason berth. All of which is why CC Sabathia should become the first pitcher to win the Cy Young award in back-to-back years in different leagues.
What do you think? Has Sabathia been in the NL long enough to qualify for such a prestigious award? Should there be a rule mandating a minimum number of starts or appearances or at-bats for those who switch leagues before they can win an award? If not Sabathia for Cy, who should win? Let us know.