By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber has won the 2020 American League Cy Young Award. He joins Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, who won the National League Cy Young Award.
Bieber won the award on a unanimous vote. According to the Baseball Writers Association of America, it is just the 10th time this has happened with an American League pitcher.
Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana won the award twice unanimously in 2004 and 2006. In addition, former Boston Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez won the award unanimously in 1999 and 2000.
Former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens previously won it unanimously in 1986 then again in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Other unanimous winners include Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain in 1968, New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry in 1978, and Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in 2011.
“That’s the way it should be,” Bieber said. “Obviously we’ll have some challengers, but hopefully we can keep the Cy Young in Ohio for years to come.”
Bieber received 30 first-place votes. He was the only pitcher to be on every ballot.
He is the sixth Indians pitcher to receive the award. The others include former pitchers Gaylord Perry in 1972, C.C. Sabathia in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008, and Corey Kluber in 2014 and 2017.
“A lot of that just came from confidence in my stuff, confidence in my ability,” Bieber said. “I feel like, for the most part, when I’m on, I was able to locate my stuff and locate my breaking stuff to where I wanted it to go. That was a big part of my success this year was to throw that curveball that I relied on pretty heavily.”
Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda — in his first season with the Twins following a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers — was the second-place finisher. He received 18 second-place votes.
In addition, he also received four third-place votes, two fourth-place votes, and four fifth-place votes for 92 points.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu — who was also in his first season with the team — finished third. He had 51 points.
Ryu received four second-place votes and seven third-place votes. In addition, he had five fourth-place votes and four fifth-place votes.
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