Philadelphia Daily News - November 4, 1980

Schmidt, Carlton: Dream Ticket

 

By Rich Hofmann

 

This is a critical American election season, and that includes the races in the baseball precincts for league MVPs, All-Stars and best pitchers. No ordinary ballotings, these elections will, when completed, give the baseball public its kings of 1980. Also, they will give the kings a head start on a unique set of perquisites – shaving cream, underwear, frozen pizza and motor oil endorsements.

 

Obviously, much is on the line as the different constituencies mark their ballots. Later today, the results of the writers' voting on the Cy Young Award will be announced, but yesterday, under the auspices of The Sporting News Board of Elections, the players did the voting. The polls have closed in the West, the tombstones in Cook County, Ill., have been dutifully tallied, and the results are very encouraging for the Philadelphia dream ticket of third baseman Mike Schmidt and pitcher Steve Carlton.

 

With 99.99 percent of the players counted. The Sporting News has named Schmidt the National League's Most Valuable Player and Carlton its best pitcher. Neither race was close.

 

FOR SCHMIDT, the World Series MVP, the award comes after his best season as a professional – his 48 home runs and 121 RBI were both tops in the National League. Schmidt received 81 votes in The Sporting News poll, more than twice the number given to runnerup George Hendrick of the St. Louis Cardinals. Many consider Schmidt to be the odds-on favorite to win the writers MVP award, too.

If Schmidt is considered an odds-on favorite for MVP, then Carlton has to be a lock for today's Cy Young announcement. The Sporting News editors said the NL Pitcher of the Year voting was "no contest," with Carlton the runaway winner. His 24 wins and 286'strikeouts in 304 innings blew away the competition like one of his nastiest sliders. Carlton won the same award in 1972 and 1977.

 

The newspaper also announced its American League awards. For MVP, the winner was Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett, who merely hit .390 with 24 homers and 118 RBI. The AL Pitcher of the Year was Baltimore Oriole Steve Stone, whose 25 wins led the league.

 

All-Star teams for both leagues were also chosen. Besides third baseman Schmidt and left-handed pitcher Carlton, second baseman Manny Tril-lo was also represented.

 

The rest of the NL All-Stars are St. Louis first baseman Keith Hernandez, Cardinals shortstop Garry Templeton, Los Angeles leftfelder Dusty Baker, Houston centerfielder Cesar Cedeno, Cardinals rightfielder George Hendrick, Montreal catcher Gary Carter and right-handed pitcher Jim Bibby of Pittsburgh.

BESIDES third baseman Brett and righthander Stone, the American League team includes Milwaukee first baseman Cecil Cooper, New York second baseman Willie Randolph, Brewers shortstop Robin Yount, Brewers leftfielder Ben Ogilvie, Orioles centerfielder Al Bumbry, Yankees rightfielder Reggie Jackson, Yankees catcher Rick Cerone and Yankees left-handed pitcher Tommy John.

 

Jackson, who has received All-Star recognition three previous times, also was chosen top designated hitter for the American League.

 

Meanwhile, pitcher Matt Keough, victim of a 14-game losing streak one season ago, has been named the UPI Comeback Player of the Year in the American League for 1980.

 

 

Keough, a 25-year-old righthander for the Oakland A's, received 17 of 50 votes for rebounding from a disastrous 2-17 record to post a 16-13 season with a 2.92 ERA.

A City of Winners

 

Lost in the euphoria of the Phillies' World Series victory and the Eagles' march to a Super Bowl is the fact that Philadelphia hasn't seen a loss in an awful long time. All the way back to Oct. 18, as a matter of fact.

 

That was the day the Phillies lost to the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, in Game 4 of the World Series and the Flyers were beaten by the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2.

 

Since then Philadelphia has literally been "A City of Winners."

 

The Phillies started a roll that hasn't stopped by winning the World Series.

 

The Eagles, leading the NFC East, possess the NFL's best record (8-1). The 76ers are 9-2 and the NBA's Atlantic Division leaders. The Flyers are in first place in the NHL's Patrick Division with an 8-3-2 record.

 

 

The last time the Eagles lost was Sept. 28, a 24-14 upset by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Birds are riding a five-game winning streak. The 76ers were 1-2 on Oct. 14, but have won their last eight games. The Flyers are unbeaten in their last eight games (6-0-2) since losing to the Canucks.