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The Cy Young Award is an honor given annually in baseball to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American League (AL) and National League (NL).

HistoryEdit

The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who died in 1955. The award was originally given to the single best pitcher in the major leagues, but in 1967, after the retirement of Frick, the award was given to one pitcher in each league.

VotingEdit

Each league's award is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with two representatives from each team, which means 28 ballots are cast for the American League winner, and 32 ballots are cast for the National League. Each voter places a vote for first, second, and third place among the pitchers of each league. The formula used to calculate the final scores is a weighted sum of the votes. The pitcher with the highest score in each league wins the award. If two pitchers receive the same number of votes, the award is shared. The current formula started in the 1970 season. Before that, writers only voted for the best pitcher and used a formula of one point per vote.

WinnersEdit

Cy Young Award
Awarded to the Major League Baseball player voted as the top pitcher of his respective league
Season American League Leader Team Pos W-L Sv ERA National League Leader Team Pos W-L Sv ERA
1992 A's88- Dennis Eckersley Athletics Oakland Athletics RHP 7-1 51 1.91 Maddux3CHC82-89 Greg Maddux Cubs Chicago Cubs RHP 20-11 0 2.18
1993 McDowell1 Jack McDowell White Sox Chicago White Sox RHP 22-10 0 3.37 Maddux1 Greg Maddux Braves Atlanta Braves RHP 20-10 0 2.36
1994 Royals1 David Cone Royals Kansas City Royals RHP 16-5 0 2.94 Maddux1 Greg Maddux Braves Atlanta Braves RHP 16-6 0 1.56
1995 RJohnson1SEA Randy Johnson Mariners Seattle Mariners RHP 18-2 0 2.48 Maddux1 Greg Maddux Braves Atlanta Braves RHP 19-2 0 1.63
1996 Hentgen1 Pat Hentgen Blue Jays97-02 Toronto Blue Jays RHP 20-10 0 3.22 Smoltz1 John Smoltz Braves Atlanta Braves RHP 24-8 0 2.94
1997 Jays89-96 Roger Clemens Blue Jays97-02 Toronto Blue Jays RHP 21-7 0 2.05 Pedro1MON Pedro Martínez Expos Montreal Expos RHP 17-8 0 1.90
1998 Jays89-96 Roger Clemens Blue Jays97-02 Toronto Blue Jays RHP 20-6 0 2.65 Glavine1 Tom Glavine Braves Atlanta Braves LHP 20-6 0 2.47
1999 Pedro1BOS Pedro Martínez Red Sox Boston Red Sox RHP 23-4 0 2.07 RJohnson1ARI Randy Johnson Diamondbacks98-06 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP 17-9 0 2.49
2000 Pedro1BOS Pedro Martínez Red Sox Boston Red Sox RHP 18-6 0 1.74 RJohnson1ARI Randy Johnson Diamondbacks98-06 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP 19-7 0 2.64
2001 Clemens1NYY Roger Clemens Yankees New York Yankees RHP 20-3 0 3.51 RJohnson1ARI Randy Johnson Diamondbacks98-06 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP 21-6 0 2.49
2002 Zito1OAK Barry Zito Athletics Oakland Athletics LHP 23-5 0 2.75 RJohnson1ARI Randy Johnson Diamondbacks98-06 Arizona Diamondbacks LHP 24-5 0 2.32
2003 Halladay1TOR04-08 Roy Halladay Blue Jays03 Toronto Blue Jays RHP 22-7 0 3.25 Gagne1LAD Eric Gagné Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers RHP 2-3 55 1.20
2004 Johan1MIN Johan Santana Twins87-09 Minnesota Twins LHP 20-6 0 2.61 Clemens1HOU Roger Clemens Astros2 Houston Astros RHP 21-5 0 2.83
2005 Colon1 Bartolo Colón Angels Los Angeles Angels LHP 21-8 0 3.48 Carpenter1 Chris Carpenter Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals RHP 21-5 0 2.83
2006 Johan1MIN Johan Santana Twins87-09 Minnesota Twins LHP 19-6 0 2.77 Webb1ARI98-06 Brandon Webb Diamondbacks98-06 Arizona Diamondbacks RHP 16-8 0 3.10
2007 Sabathia1CLE CC Sabathia Indians Cleveland Indians LHP 19-7 0 3.21 Peavy1 Jake Peavy Padres San Diego Padres RHP 19-6 0 2.54
2008 CLee1CLE Cliff Lee Indians Cleveland Indians LHP 22-3 0 2.54 Lincecum1 Tim Lincecum Giants San Francisco Giants RHP 18-5 0 2.62
2009 Greinke1 Zack Greinke Royals Kansas City Royals RHP 16-8 0 2.16 Lincecum1 Tim Lincecum (2) Giants San Francisco Giants RHP 15-7 0 2.48

See alsoEdit

  • Cy Young

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