By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Williams defeated Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm and San Diego Padres shortstop Jake Cronenworth. Both Bohm and Cronenworth actually tied for second place.
He is the first pitcher since New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom to win the award in 2014. In fact, since 1949, just 23 pitchers have won the award.
However, Williams was the first relief pitcher to win the award in either league since the 2011 season with Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimberly won the award. He became the first non-closer to win the award in either league since 1999 when Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Scott Williamson was the recipient.
From baseball writers, Williams has received 14 of the 30 first place votes. Bohm had nine first place votes, while Cronenworth had six.
Both Bohm and Cronenworth had 74 points. Williams beat them out with 95 points.
In 27 innings this season, Williams allowed four runs (one earned run), including one home run. He had an 0.33 earned run average.
He also had a 0.63 WHIP. Williams also had 53 strikeouts in the 27 innings.
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