Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award

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Pitcher of the Year Award
Awarded for Most Outstanding Pitcher in each League.
Country United States
Presented by Sporting News
First awarded 1944
Currently held by NLSP Greinke & RP Melancon
ALSP Keuchel & RP Betances

Sporting News established the Pitcher of the Year Award in 1944.[1][2] The award is given annually to the pitcher in each league having the most outstanding season. No awards were given in 1946 or 1947.[1][2] This award was established before there was a Cy Young Award.[1][2] The Cy Young Award is voted by baseball writers from each city, and critics claim the writers who follow a particular team or player throughout a season are naturally disposed to vote for him.[3] The Pitcher of the Year Award is given annually to the pitcher in each league judged by Sporting News baseball experts as having had the most outstanding season, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious pitching awards in Major League Baseball.[4]

History[edit]

By the Second World War, the Sporting News (formerly TSN, now SN), had been giving Player of the Year and Manager of the Year awards since 1936, and an annual Most Valuable Player Award since 1929.[2] In 1944, the Sporting News inaugurated its Pitcher of the Year Award, which has been given each year since to the most outstanding pitcher in each league, with a brief hiatus from 1946–47.[2] Beginning in 2013, the Sporting News issued two awards per league—one to the most outstanding starting pitcher, and one to the most outstanding reliever. [5][6][7][8]

Year Player Age Accomplishment References
1944 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser Hall of Fame 23 First and youngest to win AL Award [9][10]
1944 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle 25 First to win NL Award [11][12]
1945 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser Hall of Fame 24 First and youngest to win 2 consecutive Awards (AL) [9][10]
1981 Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela 21 1981 SN Trifecta (Pitcher, Rookie Pitcher and Player Awards) [13][14]
1985 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden 20 Youngest to win Award (NL) [15][16]
2009 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum 25 Youngest to win 2 consecutive NL Awards [17][18]
2014 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 26 Youngest to win 3 Awards (NL) [19][20]

Hal Newhouser (W-L: 26–9, ERA: 1.94, Ks: 275) could have narrowly won the award or tied with Bob Feller (W-L: 26–15, ERA: 2.18, Ks: 348) for a third time in 1946 based upon his statistics.[9][10][21][22][23][24]

Winners[edit]

Key[edit]

* Also named SN Player of the Year
** Also named SN Rookie Pitcher of the year
Hall of Fame Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
§ Major League Pitching Triple Crown[25] – Led Majors in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA.
double-dagger Indicates player won the Warren Spahn Award that season.[19][20][26][27][28][29]
Player is active
Italics Indicates player led the National or American League in Wins, Strikeouts, ERA or Saves.
Italics Indicates player led the Major League in Wins, Strikeouts, ERA or Saves.

American League Awardees[edit]

Listed below in chronological order are the American League Pitchers chosen by Sporting News as recipients of the Pitcher of the Year Award.[1][2]

American League Pitchers[edit]

Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, the first and youngest player to win 2 consecutive Pitcher of the Year Awards.
Hall of Famer "Bullet Bob" Feller, AL winner
Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez, three-time winner 1-NL, 2-AL, pitching for the Mets
Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, 1977 AL winner
Bob Porterfield, 1953 AL winner
Johan Santana, two-time AL winner
Bartolo Colón, 2005 AL winner
Year Pitcher Team Record ERA K References
1944 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser Hall of Fame(1) Detroit Tigers 29–9 2.22 187 [9][10]
1945 Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser* Hall of Fame§(2) Detroit Tigers 25–9 1.81 212 [9][10]
1948 Lemon, BobBob Lemon Hall of Fame(1) Cleveland Indians 20–14 2.82 147 [30][31]
1949 Kinder, EllisEllis Kinder Boston Red Sox 23–6 3.36 138 [32][33]
1950 Lemon, BobBob Lemon Hall of Fame(2) Cleveland Indians 23–11 3.84 170 [30][31]
1951 Feller, BobBob Feller Hall of Fame Cleveland Indians 22–8 3.50 111 [22][23]
1952 Shantz, BobbyBobby Shantz Philadelphia Athletics 24–7 2.48 152 [34][35]
1953 Porterfield, BobBob Porterfield Washington Senators 22–10 3.35 77 [36][37]
1954 Lemon, BobBob Lemon Hall of Fame(3) Cleveland Indians 23–7 2.72 110 [30][31]
1955 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford Hall of Fame(1) New York Yankees 18–7 2.63 137 [38][39]
1956 Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce (1) Chicago White Sox 20–9 3.32 192 [40][41]
1957 Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce (2) Chicago White Sox 20–12 3.26 171 [40][41]
1958 Turley, BobBob Turley* New York Yankees 21–7 2.97 168 [42][43]
1959 Wynn, EarlyEarly Wynn* Hall of Fame Chicago White Sox 22–10 3.17 179 [44][45]
1960 Estrada, ChuckChuck Estrada Baltimore Orioles 18–11 3.58 144 [46][47]
1961 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford Hall of Fame(2) New York Yankees 25–4 3.21 209 [38][39]
1962 Donovan, DickDick Donovan Cleveland Indians 20–10 3.59 94 [48][49]
1963 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford Hall of Fame(3) New York Yankees 24–7 2.74 189 [38][39]
1964 Chance, DeanDean Chance Los Angeles Angels 20–9 1.65 207 [50][51]
1965 Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant Minnesota Twins 21–7 3.30 142 [52][53]
1966 Kaat, JimJim Kaat Minnesota Twins 25–13 2.75 205 [54][55]
1967 Lonborg, JimJim Lonborg Boston Red Sox 22–9 3.16 246 [56][57]
1968 McLain, DennyDenny McLain* (1) Detroit Tigers 31–6 1.96 280 [58][59]
1969 McLain, DennyDenny McLain (2) Detroit Tigers 24–9 2.80 181 [58][59]
1970 McDowell, SamSam McDowell Cleveland Indians 20–12 2.92 304 [60][61]
1971 Blue, VidaVida Blue (1) Oakland Athletics 24–8 1.82 301 [62][63]
1972 Wood, WilburWilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 24–17 2.51 193 [64][65]
1973 Palmer, JimJim Palmer Hall of Fame(1) Baltimore Orioles 22–9 2.40 158 [66][67]
1974 Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter Hall of Fame Oakland Athletics 25–12 2.49 143 [68][69]
1975 Palmer, JimJim Palmer Hall of Fame (2) Baltimore Orioles 23–11 2.09 193 [66][67]
1976 Palmer, JimJim Palmer Hall of Fame(3) Baltimore Orioles 22–13 2.51 159 [66][67]
1977 Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan Hall of Fame California Angels 19–16 2.77 341 [70][71]
1978 Guidry, RonRon Guidry* New York Yankees 25–3 1.74 248 [72][73]
1979 Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles 23–9 3.08 190 [74][75]
1980 Stone, SteveSteve Stone Baltimore Orioles 25–7 3.23 149 [76][77]
1981 Morris, JackJack Morris Detroit Tigers 14–7 3.05 97 [78][79]
1982 Stieb, DaveDave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays 17–14 3.25 138 [80][81]
1983 Hoyt, LaMarrLaMarr Hoyt Chicago White Sox 24–10 3.66 148 [82][83]
1984 Hernández, WillieWillie Hernández Detroit Tigers 9–3 1.92 112 [84][85]
1985 Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen (1) Kansas City Royals 20–6 2.87 143 [86][87]
1986 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens* (1) Boston Red Sox 24–4 2.48 238 [88][89]
1987 Key, JimmyJimmy Key (1) Toronto Blue Jays 17–8 2.76 161 [90][91]
1988 Viola, FrankFrank Viola Minnesota Twins 24–7 2.64 193 [92][93]
1989 Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen (2) Kansas City Royals 23–6 2.16 193 [86][87]
1990 Welch, BobBob Welch Oakland Athletics 27–6 2.95 127 [94][95]
1991 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (2) Boston Red Sox 18–10 2.62 241 [88][89]
1992 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley Hall of Fame Oakland Athletics 7–1 1.91 93 [96][97]
1993 McDowell, JackJack McDowell Chicago White Sox 22–10 3.37 158 [98][99]
1994 Key, JimmyJimmy Key (2) New York Yankees 17–4 2.48 177 [90][91]
1995 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson Hall of Fame Seattle Mariners 18–2 2.48 294 [100][101]
1996 Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays 20–10 3.22 177 [102][103]
1997 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (3) Toronto Blue Jays 21–7 2.05 292 [88][89]
1998 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (4) Toronto Blue Jays 20–6 2.65 271 [88][89]
1999 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Hall of Fame (2) Boston Red Sox 23–4 2.07 313 [104][105]
2000 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Hall of Fame (3) Boston Red Sox 18–6 1.74 284 [104][105]
2001 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (5) New York Yankees 20–3 3.51 213 [88][89]
2002 Zito, BarryBarry Zito Oakland Athletics 23–5 2.75 182 [106][107]
2003 Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay (1) Toronto Blue Jays 22–7 3.25 204 [108][109]
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santana double-dagger(1) Minnesota Twins 20–6 2.61 265 [26][27]
2005 Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 21–8 3.48 157 [110][111]
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santana §double-dagger(2) Minnesota Twins 19–6 2.77 245 [26][27]
2007 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia double-dagger Cleveland Indians 19–7 3.21 209 [28][29]
2008 Lee, CliffCliff Lee Cleveland Indians 22–3 2.54 170 [112][113]
2009 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke (1) Kansas City Royals 16–8 2.16 242 [114][115]
2010 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández Seattle Mariners 13–12 2.27 232 [116][117]
2011 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander* (1) Detroit Tigers 24–5 2.40 250 [118][119]
2012 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander (2) Detroit Tigers
17–8 2.64 239 [118][119]
2012 Price, DavidDavid Price Tampa Bay Rays 20–5 2.56 205 [120][121]

American League Starting Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitcher Team Record ERA K References
2015 Keuchel, DallasDallas Keuchel double-dagger Houston Astros 20–8 2.48 216 [122][123][124]
2014 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández (2) Seattle Mariners 15–6 2.14 248 [116][117][125]
2013 Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer Detroit Tigers 21–3 2.90 240 [5][126][127]

American League Relief Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitchers Team Record ERA Saves References
2015 Betances, DellinDellin Betances (2) New York Yankees 6–4 1.50 9 [128][129][130]
2014 Betances, DellinDellin Betances (1) New York Yankees 5–0 1.40 1 [128][129][131]
2013 Holland, GregGreg Holland Kansas City Royals 2–1 1.21 47 [6][132][133]

National League Awardees[edit]

Listed below in chronological order are the National League Pitchers chosen by Sporting News as recipients of the Pitcher of the Year Award.[1][2]

National League Pitchers[edit]

Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, 4-time NL winner.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, 4-time consecutive NL winner.
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, two-time NL winner at Shea Stadium, 1974.
Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, two-time NL winner.
Dwight Gooden, 1985 NL winner and youngest player to win Pitcher of the Year Award.
R.A. Dickey, 2012 winner and last knuckleballer to win award
Year National League Pitchers Team Record ERA K References
1944 Voiselle, BillBill Voiselle New York Giants 21–6 3.02 161 [11][12]
1945 Borowy, HankHank Borowy Chicago Cubs 11–2 2.12 47 [134][135]
1948 Sain, JohnnyJohnny Sain Boston Braves 24–15 2.60 137 [136][137]
1949 Pollet, HowieHowie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals 20–9 2.77 108 [138][139]
1950 Konstanty, JimJim Konstanty Philadelphia Phillies 16–7 2.66 56 [140][141]
1951 Roe, PreacherPreacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers 22–3 2.93 146 [142][143]
1952 Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts* Hall of Fame(1) Philadelphia Phillies 28–7 2.59 148 [144][145]
1953 Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame(1) Milwaukee Braves 23–7 2.10 148 [146][147]
1954 Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli New York Giants 21–7 2.30 152 [148][149]
1955 Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts Hall of Fame(2) Philadelphia Phillies 23–14 3.28 160 [144][145]
1956 Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 27–7 3.06 139 [150][151]
1957 Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame(2) Milwaukee Braves 21–11 2.69 111 [146][147]
1958 Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame(3) Milwaukee Braves 22–11 3.07 150 [146][147]
1959 Jones, SamSam Jones San Francisco Giants 21–15 2.83 209 [152][153]
1960 Law, VernVern Law Pittsburgh Pirates 20–9 3.08 120 [154][155]
1961 Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame(4) Milwaukee Braves 21–13 3.02 115 [146][147]
1962 Drysdale, DonDon Drysdale* Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers 25–9 2.83 232 [156][157]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax* Hall of Fame§(1) Los Angeles Dodgers 25–5 1.88 306 [158][159]
1964 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax Hall of Fame(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 19–5 1.74 223 [158][159]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax* Hall of Fame§ (3) Los Angeles Dodgers 26–8 2.04 382 [158][159]
1966 Koufax, SandySandy Koufax Hall of Fame§(4) Los Angeles Dodgers 27–9 1.73 317 [158][159]
1967 McCormick, MikeMike McCormick San Francisco Giants 22–10 2.85 150 [160][161]
1968 Gibson, BobBob Gibson Hall of Fame(1) St. Louis Cardinals 22–9 1.12 268 [162][163]
1969 Seaver, TomTom Seaver Hall of Fame(1) New York Mets 25–7 2.21 208 [164][165]
1970 Gibson, BobBob Gibson Hall of Fame(2) St. Louis Cardinals 23–7 3.12 274 [162][163]
1971 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs 24–13 2.77 263 [166][167]
1972 Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton Hall of Fame(1) Philadelphia Phillies 27–10 1.97 310 [168][169]
1973 Bryant, RonRon Bryant San Francisco Giants 24–12 3.53 143 [170][171]
1974 Marshall, MikeMike Marshall Los Angeles Dodgers 15–12 2.42 143 [172][173]
1975 Seaver, TomTom Seaver Hall of Fame (2) New York Mets 22–9 2.38 243 [164][165]
1976 Jones, RandyRandy Jones San Diego Padres 22–14 2.74 93 [174][175]
1977 Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton Hall of Fame(2) Philadelphia Phillies 23–10 2.64 198 [168][169]
1978 Blue, VidaVida Blue (2) San Francisco Giants 18–10 2.79 171 [62][63]
1979 Niekro, JoeJoe Niekro Houston Astros 21–11 3.00 119 [176][177]
1980 Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton Hall of Fame(3) Philadelphia Phillies 24–9 2.34 286 [168][169]
1981 Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela* ** Los Angeles Dodgers 13–7 2.48 180 [13][14]
1982 Steve Carlton Hall of Fame(4) Philadelphia Phillies 23–11 3.10 286 [168][169]
1983 Denny, JohnJohn Denny Philadelphia Phillies 19–6 2.37 139 [178][179]
1984 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (1) Chicago Cubs 16–1 (NL) 2.69 (NL) 155 (NL) [180][181]
1985 Gooden, DwightDwight Gooden § New York Mets 24–4 1.53 268 [15][16]
1986 Scott, MikeMike Scott Houston Astros 18–10 2.22 306 [182][183]
1987 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe (2) Chicago Cubs 18–10 3.68 174 [180][181]
1988 Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser* Los Angeles Dodgers 23–8 2.26 213 [184][185]
1989 Davis, MarkMark Davis San Diego Padres 4–3 1.85 92 [186][187]
1990 Drabek, DougDoug Drabek Pittsburgh Pirates 22–6 2.76 131 [188][189]
1991 Glavine, TomTom Glavine Hall of Fame(1) Atlanta Braves 20–11 2.55 192 [190][191]
1992 Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame(1) Chicago Cubs 20–11 2.18 199 [192][193]
1993 Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame(2) Atlanta Braves 20–10 2.36 197 [192][193]
1994 Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame(3) Atlanta Braves 16–6 1.56 156 [192][193]
1995 Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame(4) Atlanta Braves 19–2 1.63 181 [192][193]
1996 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves 24–8 2.94 276 [194][195]
1997 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Hall of Fame (1) Montreal Expos 17–8 1.90 305 [104][105]
1998 Brown, KevinKevin Brown San Diego Padres 18–7 2.38 257 [196][197]
1999 Hampton, MikeMike Hampton Houston Astros 22–4 2.90 177 [198][199]
2000 Glavine, TomTom Glavine Hall of Fame(2) Atlanta Braves 21–9 3.40 152 [190][191]
2001 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling (1) Arizona Diamondbacks 22–6 2.98 293 [200][201]
2002 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling (2) Arizona Diamondbacks 23–7 3.23 316 [200][201]
2003 Gagné, ÉricÉric Gagné Los Angeles Dodgers 2–3 1.20 137 [202][203]
2004 Schmidt, JasonJason Schmidt San Francisco Giants 18–7 3.49 206 [204][205]
2005 Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (1) St. Louis Cardinals 21–5 2.83 213 [206][207]
2006 Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (2) St. Louis Cardinals 15–8 3.09 184 [206][207]
2007 Peavy, JakeJake Peavy San Diego Padres 19–6 2.54 240 [208][209]
2008 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum (1) San Francisco Giants 18–5 2.62 265 [17][18]
2009 Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum (2) San Francisco Giants 15–7 2.48 261 [17][18]
2010 Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay (2) Philadelphia Phillies 21–10 2.44 219 [108][109]
2011 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw double-dagger(1) Los Angeles Dodgers 21–5 2.28 248 [19][20]
2012 Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey New York Mets 20–6 2.73 230 [210][211]

National League Starting Pitchers[edit]

Kershaw at spring training in Florida in 2008
Year Pitchers Team Record ERA K References
2015 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 19–3 1.66 200 [114][115][212]
2014 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw* double-dagger (3) Los Angeles Dodgers 21–3 1.77 239 [19][20][213][214]
2013 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw double-dagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 16–9 1.83 232 [7][19][20]

National League Relief Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitchers Team Record ERA Saves References
2015 Melancon, MarkMark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates 3–2 2.23 51 [215][216][217]
2014 Kimbrel, CraigCraig Kimbrel (2) Atlanta Braves 0–3 1.61 47 [213][218][219][220]
2013 Kimbrel, CraigCraig Kimbrel (1) Atlanta Braves 4–3 1.21 50 [8][218][219]

Players[edit]

Multiple Wins[edit]

Several players have won the Pitcher of the Year Award more than once. Bob Lemon was the first player to win the award 3 times.[1][2][30][31] Warren Spahn was the first to win the award 4 times and won his last award at the age of 40 years.[1][2][146][147] Roger Clemens won the award 5 times.[1][2][88][89] Sandy Koufax (1963–1966) and Greg Maddux (1992–1995) have won the award 4 consecutive years.[1][2][158][159][192][193] Pedro Martínez, Roy Halladay, Vida Blue and Zack Greinke have won the award in the National League and American League.[1][2][62][63][104][105][108][109][114][115] Joe Niekro, Wilbur Wood and R.A. Dickey are knuckleball pitchers that have won the Pitcher of the Year Award.[1][2][64][65][176][177][210][211]

Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser first recipient and youngest player to win two awards.
Hall of Famer Robin Roberts
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson

[221]

Pitcher # of Awards Years
Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 5 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton Hall of Fame 4 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax Hall of Fame 4 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame 4 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame 4 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961
Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford Hall of Fame 3 1955, 1961, 1963
Lemon, BobBob Lemon Hall of Fame 3 1948, 1950, 1954
Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Hall of Fame 3 1997, 1999, 2000
Palmer, JimJim Palmer Hall of Fame 3 1973, 1975, 1976
Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 3 2011, 2013, 2014
Gibson, BobBob Gibson Hall of Fame 2 1968, 1970
Glavine, TomTom Glavine Hall of Fame 2 1991, 2000
Newhouser, HalHal Newhouser Hall of Fame 2 1944, 1945
Roberts, RobinRobin Roberts Hall of Fame 2 1952, 1953
Seaver, TomTom Seaver Hall of Fame 2 1969, 1975
Blue, VidaVida Blue 2 1971, 1978
Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter 2 2005, 2006
Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay 2 2003, 2010
Key, JimmyJimmy Key 2 1987, 1994
McLain, DennyDenny McLain 2 1968, 1969
Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce 2 1956, 1957
Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen 2 1985, 1989
Santana, JohanJohan Santana 2 2004, 2006
Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling 2 2001, 2002
Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe 2 1984, 1987
Betances, DellinDellin Betances 2 2014, 2015
Greinke, ZackZack Greinke 2 2009, 2015
Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández 2 2010, 2014
Kimbrel, CraigCraig Kimbrel 2 2013, 2014
Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum 2 2008, 2009
Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander 2 2011, 2012

MLB Triple Crown[edit]

Only four Pitcher of the Year Award winners have led the major leagues in wins, ERA and strikeouts which is commonly called Major League Pitching Triple Crown.[25] Sandy Koufax is the only player to achieve it more than once. Koufax achieved it three times in a four-year period. Hal Newhouser, age 24 and Dwight Gooden, age 20 were the youngest individuals. Johan Santana, age 27, is the fourth individual.[9][15][25][26][158]

MLB Hall of Fame predictor[edit]

Hall of Famer Bob Lemon, three-time AL winner

Winning three (3) or more Pitcher of the Year Awards has been seen as a guaranteed admission to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. All of the eligible pitchers with three or more awards have been elected to the Hall of Fame with the exception of Roger Clemens.[222] Roger Clemens has the most (five) Pitcher of the Year Awards, is in the top ten for all-time wins and strikeouts, and is considered to be one of the best pitchers of all time.[223] Clemens alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs is the major stumbling block to be elected to the Hall of Fame.[224] Active players are not eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Pitchers that have won three or more Pitcher of the Year Awards and the year they were inducted into Major League Baseball Hall of Fame sorted by the year they entered the Hall of Fame.[221] Kershaw's statistics are through the 2014 season.

Pitcher # of Awards Years HOF Year Wins ERA Ks
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax Hall of Fame 4 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 1972 165 2.76 2,396
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn Hall of Fame 4 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961 1973 363 3.09 2,583
Ford, WhiteyWhitey Ford Hall of Fame 3 1955, 1961, 1963 1974 236 2.75 1,956
Lemon, BobBob Lemon Hall of Fame 3 1948, 1950, 1954 1976 207 3.23 1,277
Palmer, JimJim Palmer Hall of Fame 3 1973, 1975, 1976 1990 268 2.86 2,212
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton Hall of Fame 4 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982 1994 329 3.22 4,136
Maddux, GregGreg Maddux Hall of Fame 4 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 2014 355 3.16 3,371
Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Hall of Fame 3 1997, 1999, 2000 2015 219 2.93 3,154
Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw 3 2011, 2013, 2014 Active-Not Eligible 98 2.48 1,445
Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens 5 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001 354 3.12 4,672

Battle of Pitchers of the Year[edit]

It is a rare occurrence when reigning Pitcher of the Year winners face off against each other. A pitching duel occurred on August 28, 1989, when Frank Viola (9IP, 5K, 3H, 0BB, 0ER) of New York Mets pitched a complete game shutout defeating Orel Hershiser (8IP, 4K, 8H, 1BB, 1ER) of the Dodgers 1–0.[225] On May 9, 2013 Toronto's R. A. Dickey pitched against David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won in 10 innings 5–4, neither starting pitcher got a decision.[226]

Organizations[edit]

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers have won the Pitcher of the Year Award 5 consecutive years 1962–1966 (Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax). The Los Angeles(Brooklyn) Dodgers pitchers have won the award 15 times and the Atlanta (Boston and Milwaukee) Braves pitchers have won the award 13 times. The Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers are organizations that never had a pitcher win the award.

The Detroit Tigers have three pitchers, Hal Newhouser (1944–45), Denny McLain (1968–69) and Justin Verlander (2011–12) to win consecutive awards. They were also Player of the Year and AL MVP at least once while being Pitcher of the Year.[1][2]

Team # of Awards Years
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers
15
1951, 1956, 1962–1966, 1974, 1981, 1988, 2003, 2011, 2013–2015
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves
13
1948, 1953, 1957–1958, 1961, 1991, 1993–1996, 2000, 2013–2014
New York Yankees
9
1955, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1978, 1994, 2001, 2014–2015
San Francisco/New York Giants
9
1944, 1954, 1959, 1967, 1973, 1978, 2004, 2008–2009
Philadelphia Phillies
9
1950, 1952, 1955, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982–1983, 2010
Detroit Tigers
9
1944–1945, 1968–1969, 1981, 1984, 2011–2013
Cleveland Indians
8
1948, 1950–1951, 1954, 1962, 1970, 2007–2008
Toronto Blue Jays
6
1982, 1987, 1996–1998, 2003
Chicago White Sox
6
1956–1957, 1959, 1972, 1983, 1993
Baltimore Orioles
6
1960, 1973, 1975–1976, 1979–1980
Boston Red Sox
6
1949, 1967, 1986, 1991, 1999, 2000
Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators
6
1953, 1965–1966, 1988, 2004, 2006
Oakland Athletics/Philadelphia Athletics
6
1952, 1971, 1974, 1990, 1992, 2002
St. Louis Cardinals
5
1949, 1968, 1970, 2005–2006
Chicago Cubs
5
1945, 1971, 1984, 1987, 1992
New York Mets
4
1969, 1975, 1985, 2012
San Diego Padres
4
1976, 1989, 1998, 2007
Kansas City Royals
4
1985, 1989, 2009, 2013
Houston Astros
4
1979, 1986, 1999, 2015
Los Angeles (California) Angels of Anaheim
3
1964, 1977, 2005
Pittsburgh Pirates
3
1960, 1990, 2015
Seattle Mariners
3
1995, 2010, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks
2
2001–2002
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos
1
1997
Tampa Bay Rays
1
2012
Milwaukee Brewers
0
none
Cincinnati Reds
0
none
Colorado Rockies
0
none
Miami/Florida/ Marlins
0
none
Texas Rangers
0
none

See also[edit]

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