Another argument is that relievers do have two other awards: The Rolaids Relief Man, which is awarded on a statistical formula that weighs heavily on saves accumulated; and MLB's Delivery Man of the Year, which is awarded by a fan vote. But Stark points out that the two are awarded with little fanfare and little national recognition.
"They carry zero weight," Stark said.
Even though he may be the biggest advocate for closer credibility in baseball, Stark admits that if he had a vote for AL Cy Young, Rodney and Johnson would probably fall into a tier below the five top starters. In the NL, however, Stark has made a case for Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman to win the award.