Warren Spahn Award

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Warren Spahn Award
Warren Spahn in his pitching delivery.
Warren Spahn in 1953
Awarded for Best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
Presented by Oklahoma Sports Museum
First awarded 1999
Currently held by Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Official website http://okcspahnawards.com

The Warren Spahn Award is presented each season by the Oklahoma Sports Museum to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). The award is named after Warren Spahn, who holds the MLB record in wins for a left-handed pitcher with 363.[1] The Warren Spahn Award was created in 1999 by Richard Hendricks, the founder of the Oklahoma Sports Museum, to honor Spahn, who resided in Oklahoma.[2] The award was presented at the Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma until 2009, when the Bricktown Rotary Club became a sponsor of the award.[2] Since 2009, the award is presented at the annual Warren Spahn Award Gala, hosted by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City at the Jim Thorpe Museum every January.[1]

The award has been won by seven different pitchers over thirteen years. The winner is chosen based on rankings, which are based on wins, strikeouts and earned run average.[1][2] The most recent recipient is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Randy Johnson received the first four awards from 1999 through 2002. He attended the awards ceremony due to his respect for Spahn, who called him personally to ask him to attend.[2] CC Sabathia (2007–2009), Johan Santana (2004, 2006) and Kershaw (2011, 2013) are also multiple Warren Spahn Award winners. Johnson (1999–2002), Santana (2004, 2006), Sabathia (2007) and Kershaw (2011) also won the Cy Young Award, given annually to the best pitcher in each league, in years they won the Warren Spahn Award.[3] Santana (2004, 2006), Sabathia (2007) and Kershaw (2011) also won the Pitcher of the Year Award, given annually to the most outstanding pitcher in each league, in years they won the Warren Spahn Award.[4][5][6][7][8]

There has been one tie-break in the Warren Spahn Award's history, which occurred when Sabathia defeated the Houston Astros' Wandy Rodriguez to earn his third consecutive award in 2009.[9] The tie-break was decided based on winning percentage.[10]

Winners[edit]

Randy Johnson delivers a pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Randy Johnson won the first four Warren Spahn Awards.
Johan Santana delivers a pitch for the Minnesota Twins.
Johan Santana won the Major League Baseball Triple Crown the year of his second Warren Spahn Award.[11]
Key
Year The MLB season the award was given
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
W Wins
ERA Earned run average
K Strikeouts
double-dagger Indicates player won the Cy Young Award that season
Italics Indicates player led MLB in that category
Winners
Year Pitcher Team(s) W ERA K Refs
1999 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson double-dagger Arizona Diamondbacks 17 2.48 364 [12][13]
2000 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (2) double-dagger Arizona Diamondbacks 19 2.64 347 [12]
2001 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (3) double-dagger Arizona Diamondbacks 21 2.49 372 [12][14]
2002 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (4) double-dagger Arizona Diamondbacks 24 2.32 334 [12][15]
2003 Pettitte, AndyAndy Pettitte New York Yankees 21 4.02 180 [16][17]
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santana double-dagger Minnesota Twins 20 2.61 265 [18][19]
2005 Willis, DontrelleDontrelle Willis Florida Marlins 22 2.63 180 [20][21]
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (2) double-dagger Minnesota Twins 19 2.77 245 [19][22]
2007 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia double-dagger Cleveland Indians 19 3.21 209 [23][24]
2008 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (2) Cleveland Indians /
 Milwaukee Brewers
17 2.70 251 [24][25]
2009 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia (3) New York Yankees 19 3.37 197 [9][24]
2010 Price, DavidDavid Price Tampa Bay Rays 19 2.72 188 [26][27]
2011 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw double-dagger Los Angeles Dodgers 21 2.28 248 [28][29]
2012 Gonzalez, GioGio Gonzalez Washington Nationals 21 2.89 207 [30][31]
2013 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw (2) double-dagger Los Angeles Dodgers 16 1.83 232 [32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jon Lester takes lead in Spahn Award Watch" (PDF) (Press release). The Warren Spahn Award. September 22, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Carlson, Jenni (January 26, 2010). "The changing face of the Warren Spahn Award". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cy Young Award winners". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pitcher of the Year winners". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Johan Santana Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. 
  6. ^ "CC Sabathia Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. 
  7. ^ "Clayton Kershaw Statistics". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. 
  8. ^ "Baseball Awards Pitcher of the Year". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. 
  9. ^ a b "New York Yankees' CC Sabathia wins Warren Spahn Award". ESPN.com (ESPN). December 8, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CC Sabathia Wins Battle for 2009 Warren Spahn Award: First tiebreaker in award history gives Sabathia his third consecutive win" (PDF) (Press release). The Warren Spahn Award. October 26, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Sheinin, Dave (November 17, 2006). "Santana Wins Second Cy Young Unanimously". The Washington Post. p. E.10. Retrieved December 7, 2011.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ a b c d "Randy Johnson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Gonzales, Mark (February 19, 2000). "Durable Johnson Carries Big Load". Arizona Republic. p. C1. Retrieved October 10, 2011.  (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Johnson wins award". Altus Times. Associated Press. December 5, 2001. p. 5. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (August 21, 2002). "More hardware for Big Unit". MLB.com (MLB Advanced Media). Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ Footer, Alyson (January 14, 2004). "Pettitte honored with Spahn award". MLB.com (MLB Advanced Media). Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Andy Pettitte Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ Sheldon, Mark (October 22, 2004). "Santana honored with Spahn Award". MLB.com (MLB Advanced Media). Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Johan Santana Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ Rowland, Toby (January 20, 2006). "Willis wins Warren Spahn Award". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Dontrelle Willis Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Santana Claims Spahn Award: Twins' Ace Cited as Majors' Top Left-Hander". St. Paul Pioneer Press. January 19, 2007. p. D2. Retrieved October 10, 2011.  (subscription required)
  23. ^ "Sabathia named Warren Spahn Award winner". The Edmond Sun. January 28, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b c "CC Sabathia Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Sabathia wins Warren Spahn Award". The Tuscaloosa News. December 7, 2008. p. 3C. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  26. ^ Aber, Ryan (October 6, 2010). "Tampa Bay Rays' David Price wins Warren Spahn Award". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  27. ^ "David Price Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  28. ^ Aber, Ryan (October 20, 2011). "L.A. Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw named Warren Spahn Award winner". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Clayton Kershaw Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  30. ^ Kilgore, Adam (October 4, 2012). "Gio Gonzalez wins Warren Spahn Award". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Gio Gonzalez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  32. ^ "G2013 Warren Spahn Award Winner – Clayton Kershaw". Jim Thorpe Association. October 11, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 

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