Trevor Bauer wins the 2020 NL Cy Young Award

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer has won the National League Cy Young Award. This is the first-time that Bauer has received a Cy Young Award.

Bauer is the first Reds pitcher to win the Award, according to the Baseball Writers Association of America. Before Bauer’s win, several Reds pitcher finished second for the Award before.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer celebrates striking out a batter against the Milwaukee Brewers
Trevor Bauer celebrates striking out a batter against the Milwaukee Brewers (Photo by the Cincinnati Reds/Instagram)

Tom Seaver in 1981, Mario Soto in 1983, Danny Jackson in 1988, Pete Schourek in 1995, and Johnny Cueto in 2014 were all second-place finishers for the team.

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“With all the amazing talent and great teams in Reds history, to not have a Cy Young winner in the past, it’s high time that changed,” Bauer said. “I’m just very proud to bring that to the people of Cincinnati, who have supported the Reds for so long.”

Bauer received 27 first-place votes. In addition, he also received three second-place votes for 201 points.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish was the second place finisher. Darvish — who like Bauer were the only two players to receive first-place votes — had three first-place votes.

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He also had 24 second-place votes and two third-place votes for 123 points.

This is the second runner-up finish for Darvish in his career, according to the Baseball Writers Association of America. He also finished second in 2013 behind then-Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom finished third after winning the past two awards. He received three second-place votes.

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Plus, the Mets ace also had 23 third-place votes and four fourth-place votes for 89 points.

“[The Cy Young was] always front of mind, to be honest,” Bauer said. “A lot of people won’t talk about it like that, but I view it as, really, the highest award a pitcher can win. … Just being recognized as the best at something is extremely intriguing to me, because it’s a symbol of all the hard work, all the time in the gym doing repetitive tasks, all the bad years I’ve had that have tested me mentally and just a testament to my work ethic and the people that have stuck with me throughout the whole process.”

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