Shields wins team MVP award; Hellickson top rookie, Damon Champion award
RHP James Shields was named winner today of the Rays MVP award in voting by members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the BBWAA.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson was voted the Outstanding Rookie. Johnny Damon was named winner of the Paul C. Smith Champion Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field.
Here's how the voting stacked up. Voting was done on a 5-3-1 points basis.
Paul C. Smith Champion Award
Johnny Damon 41
James Shields 27
Ben Zobrist 9
Jeremy Hellickson 50 (unanimous)
Desmond Jennings 30
Alex Cobb 7
Most Valuable Player
James Shields 48 (9-first place votes)
Evan Longoria 26 (1-first place vote)
Jeremy Hellickson 7