Lee Fourth In Voting For Cy Young Award

Cliff Lee

Former Indians right-hander Bartolo Colon won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday. Cliff Lee, one of the three prospects Cleveland acquired in a controversial trade of Colon in June 2002, finished fourth in the voting.

Indians right-hander Kevin Millwood, whose 2.86 ERA led the AL, got one third-place vote.

"Our guys deserved to be considered," said Indians general manager Mark Shapiro. "You never think your guys get enough votes, but it's good that they got some recognition."

Colon, 32, was the only 20-game winner in the league this season, going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA and 157 strikeouts. He got 17 first-place votes and 11 second-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

A first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote worth three points and a third-place vote worth one point. Two writers in each of the AL's 14 cities participated. Voting takes place after the regular season and before postseason play.

Colon was the only pitcher listed on all 28 ballots.

New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera finished second with 68 points, followed by 2005 award winner Johan Santana of the Minnesota Twins. Rivera had 43 saves and a career-best 1.38 ERA, while Santana went 16-7 with a 2.87 ERA and led the majors with 238 strikeouts.

Lee went 18-5 to lead the league in winning percentage (.783) and had a 3.79 ERA in his second full season in the majors. The 27-year-old left-hander was acquired with outfielder Grady Sizemore, infielder Brandon Phillips and veteran first baseman Lee Stevens from the Montreal Expos for Colon and right-hander Tim Drew in June 2002 when Mark Shapiro decided to rebuild the Indians.

"That was a very painful day," Shapiro admitted in recalling the public outcry. "It was the departure in a long time for the organization to think about not winning a championship. But it was our only course.

"That trade shows how moves can be a gamble. The player we felt most confident about, Brandon, has been slowest to develop. Grady had a very high ceiling, but was in the low minors. Cliff is pretty much doing what we thought he could after four or five years in the league. Obviously, he has advanced faster than we thought."

According to the Associated Press Colon gets a $500,000 bonus for winning the award — more than Lee's entire salary of $345,000.

2005 AL CY YOUNG AWARD VOTING

PLAYER

TEAM

1ST

2ND

3RD

TOTAL

Bartolo Colon

Angels

17

11

-

118

Mariano Rivera

Yankees

8

7

8

68

Johan Santana

Twins

3

8

12

51

CLIFF LEE

INDIANS

-

2

2

8

Mark Buehrle

White Sox

-

-

5

5

Jon Garland

White Sox

-

-

-

1

KEVIN MILLWOOD

INDIANS

-

-

-

1

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