Kershaw wins NL Cy Young
@SportsBata ..nuff said
LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the (almost) unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award, on Thursday! He became the first Dodgers starter to receiver the honor since Orel Hershiser in 1988. He received 27 of 32 first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He ended up 74 points ahead of Phillies ace Roy Halladay (chart below). He claimed the triple-crown of pitching: tied for first in wins (21), first in ERA (2.28), and first in strikeouts (248)! Check out the Manager of the Year awards below!
“You never think you’ll get to do, or win something like that,” Kershaw said Thursday during an interview with ESPN. “It’s just so special and I’m not taking it for granted. I’m just soaking it all in right now.” – espn
Tampa Bay Rays’ Joe Maddon received the NL Manager of the Year award on Wednesday! Maddon took 26 of the first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. It was his second time, and he coached one of the greatest rallies in Sept. in MLB history to claim the wild-card spot from the Boston Red Sox. The Rays overcame a nine-game deficit to claim the wild-card spot from the Boston Red Sox on the last day. Maddon also led the Rays to the playoffs for the third time in four years.
“I like to think of it as a validation of the Rays’ way of doing things,” Maddon said during a conference call while visiting family and friends in Hazleton, Pa. – espn
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kirk Gibson received the NL Manager of the Year award on Wednesday! Gibson took 28 of the first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He led the Diamondbacks to an NL West title, posting a 94-68 record, in his first season as a big-league manager! He coached the Diamondbacks on a Navy SEAL enforced worst to first strategy. In spring training, Gibson invited the SEAL’s into the locker room, and they wrote DWI on a board. DWI stood for “Deal With It”. After an 0-6 start, he proclaimed that they would the greatest 0-6 club in MLB history. Gibson was also an iconic player winning the 1988 World Series with a walk-off HR! He was injured and hobbled around the bases in unspoken glory. Check out the pic below!
“I certainly had a vision,” Gibson said during a conference call while on vacation in northern Michigan, adding, “It’s certainly not all because of me.” – espn