Cliff Lee Wins AL Cy Young Award
Cliff Lee ... 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Cliff Lee ... 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Indians Ink
Posted Nov 11, 2008


Cliff Lee, as expected, was named winner of the 2008 AL Cy Young Award today. Lee easily beat second-place finisher Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Lee is the second consecutive Cleveland left-hander to win the award. C.C. Sabathia won it a year ago. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in 1972 is the only other Indians pitcher to win it.

Lee was named first on 24 ballots and second on the other four cast by two writers in each AL city for a total of 132 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. A year ago, Sabathia got 119 total points in the voting.

Lee, 30, went 22-3 and led the AL in victories, winning percentage (.880) and ERA (2.54). He set personal career highs of innings pitched (223 1/3) and strikeouts (170) with four complete games and two shutouts. Lee, the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game July 15 at Yankee Stadium, was the only pitcher named on all 28 ballots.

The other four first-place votes went to right-hander Halladay, who got 71 points. Halladay, the 2003 winner, had a 20-11 record with a 2.78 ERA and led the major leagues in innings (246) and complete games (9). Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2-3, 2.24 ERA), who set a major league record with 62 saves, finished third with 32 points.

This is the fifth time two different pitchers from the same team won the AL Cy Young Award in successive years. The others were the New York Yankees’ Sparky Lyle (1977) and Ron Guidry (1978), Baltimore Orioles’ Mike Flanagan (1979) and Steve Stone (1980), Milwaukee Brewers’ Rollie Fingers (1981) and Pete Vuckovich (1982) and the Blue Jays’ Pat Hentgen (1996) and Roger Clemens (1997). Only Lyle and Guidry were both left-handed like Lee and Sabathia.

2007 AL CY YOUNG AWARD VOTING

PLAYER

TEAM

1ST

2ND

3RD

TOTAL

Cliff Lee

Cleveland Indians

24

4

-

132

Roy Halladay

Toronto Blue Jays

4

15

6

71

Francisco Rodriguez

Los Angeles Angels

-

7

11

32

Daisuke Matszuka

Boston Red Sox

-

2

4

10

Mariano Rivera

New York Yankees

-

-

3

3

Mike Mussina

New York Yankees

-

-

2

2

Ervin Santana

Los Angeles Angels

-

-

2

2


Voting was held immediately after the end of the regular season and before the playoffs.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD WINNERS
(Unanimous winners in boldface)

2008 CLIFF LEE, Cleveland Indians
2007 C.C. SABATHIA, Cleveland Indians
2006 JOHAN SANTANA, Minnesota Twins
2005 BARTOLO COLON, Los Angeles Angels
2004 JOHAN SANTANA, Minnesota Twins
2003 ROY HALLADAY, Toronto Blue Jays
2002 BARRY ZITO, Oakland Athletics
2001 ROGER CLEMENS, New York Yankees
2000 PEDRO MARTINEZ, Boston Red Sox
1999 PEDRO MARTINEZ, Boston Red Sox
1998 ROGER CLEMENS, Toronto Blue Jays
1997 ROGER CLEMENS, Toronto Blue Jays
1996 PAT HENTGEN, Toronto Blue Jays
1995 RANDY JOHNSON, Seattle Mariners
1994 DAVID CONE, Kansas City Royals
1993 JACK McDOWELL, Chicago White Sox
1992 DENNIS ECKERSLEY, Oakland Athletics
1991 ROGER CLEMENS, Boston Red Sox
1990 BOB WELCH, Oakland Athletics
1989 BRET SABERHAGEN, Kansas City Royals
1988 FRANK VIOLA, Minnesota Twins
1987 ROGER CLEMENS, Boston Red Sox
1986 ROGER CLEMENS, Boston Red Sox
1985 BRET SABERHAGEN, Kansas City Royals
1984 GUILLERMO (WILLIE) HERNANDEZ, Detroit Tigers
1983 LaMARR HOYT, Chicago White Sox
1982 PETE VUCKOVICH, Milwaukee Brewers
1981 ROLLIE FINGERS, Milwaukee Brewers
1980 STEVE STONE, Baltimore Orioles
1979 MIKE FLANAGAN, Baltimore Orioles
1978 RON GUIDRY, New York Yankees
1977 SPARKY LYLE, New York Yankees
1976 JIM PALMER, Baltimore Orioles
1975 JIM PALMER, Baltimore Orioles
1974 JIM (CATFISH) HUNTER, Oakland Athletics
1973 JIM PALMER, Baltimore Orioles
1972 GAYLORD PERRY, Cleveland Indians
1971 VIDA BLUE, Oakland Athletics
1970 JIM PERRY, Minnesota Twins
1969 (Tie) MIKE CUELLAR, Baltimore Orioles
and DENNY McLAIN, Detroit Tigers
1968 DENNY McLAIN, Detroit Tigers
1967 JIM LONBORG, Boston Red Sox
1964 DEAN CHANCE, Los Angeles Angels
1961 WHITEY FORD, New York Yankees
1959 EARLY WYNN, Chicago White Sox
1958 BOB TURLEY, New York Yankees
NOTE: Between 1956 and 1966, only one Cy Young Award was presented and voting included pitchers from both the American League and National League.

Colon and Eckersley both pitched for the Indians before winning the award; McDowell and Chance each came to Cleveland after winning the award; Wynn along with Jim Perry both pitched for the Indians before and after winning it.

Several pitchers who won the award in the National League also played for the Indians at one time:

Don Newcombe, 1956 winner with the Dodgers; Steve Carlton, 1972, 1977, 1980 & 1982 with Phillies; Gaylord Perry, 1978 Padres; John Denny, 1983 Phillies; Rick Sutcliffe, 1984 Cubs; Dwight Gooden, 1985 Mets; Orel Hershiser, 1988 Dodgers. All except Perry and Sutcliffe won the award before coming to Cleveland.


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