Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award

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Starting and Relief Pitchers of the Year awards
Awarded for Most Outstanding Starting and Relief Pitcher in each League.
Country United States
Presented by Sporting News
First awarded 1944
Currently held by NLSP Scherzer & RP Jansen
ALSP Sale & RP Kimbrel

Sporting News established the Pitcher of the Year Award in 1944.[1][2] Until the award was replaced by two separate awards in 2013, it was 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] Starting in 2013, the Starting Pitcher of the Year Award and Relief Pitcher of the Year Award are given annually to the starting and relief pitchers 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][5] 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 issues two awards per league—one to the most outstanding starting pitcher, and one to the most outstanding reliever. [6][7][8][9]

First and youngest players to win awards[edit]

Year Player Age Accomplishment References
1944 Hal Newhouser Hall of Fame 23 First to win AL Award [10][11]
1944 Bill Voiselle 25 First to win NL Award [12][13]
1945 Hal Newhouser Hall of Fame 24 First and youngest to win 2 consecutive Awards (AL) [10][11]
1954 Bob Lemon 34 First to win 3 Awards (AL) [14][15]
1955 Robin Roberts 29 First to win 2 NL Awards [16][17]
1958 Warren Spahn 37 First to win 2 consecutive NL Awards and 3 NL Awards [18][19]
1961 Warren Spahn 40 First to win 4 Awards (NL) [18][19]
1964 Dean Chance 23 Youngest to win AL Award [20][21]
1965 Sandy Koufax 29 First to win 3 consecutive Awards (NL) [22][23]
1966 Sandy Koufax 30 First to win 4 consecutive Awards (NL) [22][23]
1978 Vida Blue 29 First to win Award in both leagues [24][25]
1981 Fernando Valenzuela 21 1981 SN Trifecta (Pitcher, Rookie Pitcher and Player Awards) [26][27]
1985 Dwight Gooden 20 Youngest to win Award (NL) [28][29]
1994 Greg Maddux 28 Youngest to win 3 consecutive Awards (NL) [30][31]
1995 Greg Maddux 29 Youngest to win 4 Awards and 4 consecutive Awards (NL) [30][31]
1998 Roger Clemens 36 First to win 4 AL Awards [32][33]
2001 Roger Clemens 39 First to win 5 Awards (AL) [32][33]
2009 Tim Lincecum 25 Youngest to win 2 consecutive NL Awards [34][35]
2014 Clayton Kershaw 26 Youngest to win 3 Awards (NL) [36][37]

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.[10][11][38][39][40][41] The AL youngest is very close between Dean Chance (born June 1) and Hal Newhouser (born May 20) with only 12 days difference.

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[42] – Led Majors in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA.
double-dagger Indicates player won the Warren Spahn Award that season.[36][37][43][44][45][46]
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 reverse chronological order are the American League Pitchers chosen by Sporting News as recipients of the Pitcher of the Year Award.[1][2]

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, reached 3,000 strikeouts while pitching for the Mets
Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, 1977 AL winner, won his only World Series pitching for the Mets.
Bob Porterfield, 1953 AL winner
Johan Santana, two-time AL winner, was the MLB ERA champ in 2008, while pitching for the Mets.
Bartolo Colón, 2005 AL winner, was the MLB leader in BB per 9 IP (1.11) in 2015, while pitching for the Mets.

American League Starting Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitcher Team Record ERA K References
2017 Chris Sale Boston Red Sox 17-8 2.90 308 [47][48][49]
2016 Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians 18–9 3.14 227 [50][51][52]
2015 Dallas Keuchel double-dagger Houston Astros 20–8 2.48 216 [53][54][55]
2014 Félix Hernández (2) Seattle Mariners 15–6 2.14 248 [56][57][58]
2013 Max Scherzer (1) Detroit Tigers 21–3 2.90 240 [6][59][60]

American League Relief Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitchers Team Record ERA Saves References
2017 Craig Kimbrel (3) Boston Red Sox 5-0 1.43 35 [61][62][49]
2016 Zach Britton Baltimore Orioles 2-1 0.54 47 [63][64][65]
2015 Dellin Betances (2) New York Yankees 6–4 1.50 9 [66][67][68]
2014 Dellin Betances (1) New York Yankees 5–0 1.40 1 [66][67][69]
2013 Greg Holland Kansas City Royals 2–1 1.21 47 [7][70][71]

American League Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitcher Team Record ERA K References
2012 Justin Verlander (2) Detroit Tigers
17–8 2.64 239 [72][73]
2012 David Price Tampa Bay Rays 20–5 2.56 205 [74][75]
2011 Justin Verlander* (1) Detroit Tigers 24–5 2.40 250 [72][73]
2010 Félix Hernández (1) Seattle Mariners 13–12 2.27 232 [56][57]
2009 Zack Greinke (1) Kansas City Royals 16–8 2.16 242 [76][77]
2008 Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians 22–3 2.54 170 [78][79]
2007 CC Sabathia double-dagger Cleveland Indians 19–7 3.21 209 [45][46]
2006 Johan Santana §double-dagger(2) Minnesota Twins 19–6 2.77 245 [43][44]
2005 Bartolo Colón Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 21–8 3.48 157 [80][81]
2004 Johan Santana double-dagger(1) Minnesota Twins 20–6 2.61 265 [43][44]
2003 Roy Halladay (1) Toronto Blue Jays 22–7 3.25 204 [82][83]
2002 Barry Zito Oakland Athletics 23–5 2.75 182 [84][85]
2001 Roger Clemens (5) New York Yankees 20–3 3.51 213 [32][33]
2000 Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame (3) Boston Red Sox 18–6 1.74 284 [86][87]
1999 Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame (2) Boston Red Sox 23–4 2.07 313 [86][87]
1998 Roger Clemens (4) Toronto Blue Jays 20–6 2.65 271 [32][33]
1997 Roger Clemens (3) Toronto Blue Jays 21–7 2.05 292 [32][33]
1996 Pat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays 20–10 3.22 177 [88][89]
1995 Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Seattle Mariners 18–2 2.48 294 [90][91]
1994 Jimmy Key (2) New York Yankees 17–4 2.48 177 [92][93]
1993 Jack McDowell Chicago White Sox 22–10 3.37 158 [94][95]
1992 Dennis Eckersley Hall of Fame Oakland Athletics 7–1 1.91 93 [96][97]
1991 Roger Clemens (2) Boston Red Sox 18–10 2.62 241 [32][33]
1990 Bob Welch Oakland Athletics 27–6 2.95 127 [98][99]
1989 Bret Saberhagen (2) Kansas City Royals 23–6 2.16 193 [100][101]
1988 Frank Viola Minnesota Twins 24–7 2.64 193 [102][103]
1987 Jimmy Key (1) Toronto Blue Jays 17–8 2.76 161 [92][93]
1986 Roger Clemens* (1) Boston Red Sox 24–4 2.48 238 [32][33]
1985 Bret Saberhagen (1) Kansas City Royals 20–6 2.87 143 [100][101]
1984 Willie Hernández Detroit Tigers 9–3 1.92 112 [104][105]
1983 LaMarr Hoyt Chicago White Sox 24–10 3.66 148 [106][107]
1982 Dave Stieb Toronto Blue Jays 17–14 3.25 138 [108][109]
1981 Jack Morris Detroit Tigers 14–7 3.05 97 [110][111]
1980 Steve Stone Baltimore Orioles 25–7 3.23 149 [112][113]
1979 Mike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles 23–9 3.08 190 [114][115]
1978 Ron Guidry* New York Yankees 25–3 1.74 248 [116][117]
1977 Nolan Ryan Hall of Fame California Angels 19–16 2.77 341 [118][119]
1976 Jim Palmer Hall of Fame(3) Baltimore Orioles 22–13 2.51 159 [120][121]
1975 Jim Palmer Hall of Fame (2) Baltimore Orioles 23–11 2.09 193 [120][121]
1974 Catfish Hunter Hall of Fame Oakland Athletics 25–12 2.49 143 [122][123]
1973 Jim Palmer Hall of Fame(1) Baltimore Orioles 22–9 2.40 158 [120][121]
1972 Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 24–17 2.51 193 [124][125]
1971 Vida Blue (1) Oakland Athletics 24–8 1.82 301 [24][25]
1970 Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians 20–12 2.92 304 [126][127]
1969 Denny McLain (2) Detroit Tigers 24–9 2.80 181 [128][129]
1968 Denny McLain* (1) Detroit Tigers 31–6 1.96 280 [128][129]
1967 Jim Lonborg Boston Red Sox 22–9 3.16 246 [130][131]
1966 Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins 25–13 2.75 205 [132][133]
1965 Mudcat Grant Minnesota Twins 21–7 3.30 142 [134][135]
1964 Dean Chance Los Angeles Angels 20–9 1.65 207 [20][21]
1963 Whitey Ford Hall of Fame(3) New York Yankees 24–7 2.74 189 [136][137]
1962 Dick Donovan Cleveland Indians 20–10 3.59 94 [138][139]
1961 Whitey Ford Hall of Fame(2) New York Yankees 25–4 3.21 209 [136][137]
1960 Chuck Estrada Baltimore Orioles 18–11 3.58 144 [140][141]
1959 Early Wynn* Hall of Fame Chicago White Sox 22–10 3.17 179 [142][143]
1958 Bob Turley* New York Yankees 21–7 2.97 168 [144][145]
1957 Billy Pierce (2) Chicago White Sox 20–12 3.26 171 [146][147]
1956 Billy Pierce (1) Chicago White Sox 20–9 3.32 192 [146][147]
1955 Whitey Ford Hall of Fame(1) New York Yankees 18–7 2.63 137 [136][137]
1954 Bob Lemon Hall of Fame(3) Cleveland Indians 23–7 2.72 110 [14][15]
1953 Bob Porterfield Washington Senators 22–10 3.35 77 [148][149]
1952 Bobby Shantz Philadelphia Athletics 24–7 2.48 152 [150][151]
1951 Bob Feller Hall of Fame Cleveland Indians 22–8 3.50 111 [39][40]
1950 Bob Lemon Hall of Fame(2) Cleveland Indians 23–11 3.84 170 [14][15]
1949 Ellis Kinder Boston Red Sox 23–6 3.36 138 [152][153]
1948 Bob Lemon Hall of Fame(1) Cleveland Indians 20–14 2.82 147 [14][15]
1945 Hal Newhouser* Hall of Fame§(2) Detroit Tigers 25–9 1.81 212 [10][11]
1944 Hal Newhouser Hall of Fame(1) Detroit Tigers 29–9 2.22 187 [10][11]

National League Awardees[edit]

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

National League Starting Pitchers[edit]

Kershaw at spring training in Florida in 2008
Year Pitchers Team Record ERA K References
2017 Max Scherzer (3) Washington Nationals 16-6 2.51 268 [59][60][49]
2016 Max Scherzer (2) Washington Nationals 20–7 2.96 284 [59][60][154]
2015 Zack Greinke (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 19–3 1.66 200 [76][77][155]
2014 Clayton Kershaw* double-dagger (3) Los Angeles Dodgers 21–3 1.77 239 [36][37][156][157]
2013 Clayton Kershaw double-dagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 16–9 1.83 232 [8][36][37]

National League Relief Pitchers[edit]

Year Pitchers Team Record ERA Saves References
2017 Kenley Jansen (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 5–0 1.32 41 [49][158][159]
2016 Kenley Jansen (1) Los Angeles Dodgers 3–2 2.20 47 [160][158][159]
2015 Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates 3–2 2.23 51 [161][162][163]
2014 Craig Kimbrel (2) Atlanta Braves 0–3 1.61 47 [156][61][62][164]
2013 Craig Kimbrel (1) Atlanta Braves 4–3 1.21 50 [9][61][62]

National League Pitchers[edit]

Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, 4-time NL winner, finished his career pitching for the Mets and Giants in 1965.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, 4-time consecutive NL winner.
Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, two-time NL winner at Shea Stadium, 1974. Tom is one of two players to have 300 wins, 3000Ks and a sub 3.00 career ERA.
Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, two-time NL winner, won his 300th game while pitching for the Mets.
Dwight Gooden, 1985 NL winner and youngest player to win Pitcher of the Year Award, pitching for the Mets.
R.A. Dickey, 2012 winner and last knuckleballer to win award, pitching for the Mets.
Year National League Pitchers Team Record ERA K References
2012 R.A. Dickey New York Mets 20–6 2.73 230 [165][166]
2011 Clayton Kershaw double-dagger(1) Los Angeles Dodgers 21–5 2.28 248 [36][37]
2010 Roy Halladay (2) Philadelphia Phillies 21–10 2.44 219 [82][83]
2009 Tim Lincecum (2) San Francisco Giants 15–7 2.48 261 [34][35]
2008 Tim Lincecum (1) San Francisco Giants 18–5 2.62 265 [34][35]
2007 Jake Peavy San Diego Padres 19–6 2.54 240 [167][168]
2006 Chris Carpenter (2) St. Louis Cardinals 15–8 3.09 184 [169][170]
2005 Chris Carpenter (1) St. Louis Cardinals 21–5 2.83 213 [169][170]
2004 Jason Schmidt San Francisco Giants 18–7 3.49 206 [171][172]
2003 Éric Gagné Los Angeles Dodgers 2–3 1.20 137 [173][174]
2002 Curt Schilling (2) Arizona Diamondbacks 23–7 3.23 316 [175][176]
2001 Curt Schilling (1) Arizona Diamondbacks 22–6 2.98 293 [175][176]
2000 Tom Glavine Hall of Fame(2) Atlanta Braves 21–9 3.40 152 [177][178]
1999 Mike Hampton Houston Astros 22–4 2.90 177 [179][180]
1998 Kevin Brown San Diego Padres 18–7 2.38 257 [181][182]
1997 Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame (1) Montreal Expos 17–8 1.90 305 [86][87]
1996 John Smoltz Hall of Fame Atlanta Braves 24–8 2.94 276 [183][184]
1995 Greg Maddux Hall of Fame(4) Atlanta Braves 19–2 1.63 181 [30][31]
1994 Greg Maddux Hall of Fame(3) Atlanta Braves 16–6 1.56 156 [30][31]
1993 Greg Maddux Hall of Fame(2) Atlanta Braves 20–10 2.36 197 [30][31]
1992 Greg Maddux Hall of Fame(1) Chicago Cubs 20–11 2.18 199 [30][31]
1991 Tom Glavine Hall of Fame(1) Atlanta Braves 20–11 2.55 192 [177][178]
1990 Doug Drabek Pittsburgh Pirates 22–6 2.76 131 [185][186]
1989 Mark Davis San Diego Padres 4–3 1.85 92 [187][188]
1988 Orel Hershiser* Los Angeles Dodgers 23–8 2.26 213 [189][190]
1987 Rick Sutcliffe (2) Chicago Cubs 18–10 3.68 174 [191][192]
1986 Mike Scott Houston Astros 18–10 2.22 306 [193][194]
1985 Dwight Gooden § New York Mets 24–4 1.53 268 [28][29]
1984 Rick Sutcliffe (1) Chicago Cubs 16–1 (NL) 2.69 (NL) 155 (NL) [191][192]
1983 John Denny Philadelphia Phillies 19–6 2.37 139 [195][196]
1982 Steve Carlton Hall of Fame(4) Philadelphia Phillies 23–11 3.10 286 [197][198]
1981 Fernando Valenzuela* ** Los Angeles Dodgers 13–7 2.48 180 [26][27]
1980 Steve Carlton Hall of Fame(3) Philadelphia Phillies 24–9 2.34 286 [197][198]
1979 Joe Niekro Houston Astros 21–11 3.00 119 [199][200]
1978 Vida Blue (2) San Francisco Giants 18–10 2.79 171 [24][25]
1977 Steve Carlton Hall of Fame(2) Philadelphia Phillies 23–10 2.64 198 [197][198]
1976 Randy Jones San Diego Padres 22–14 2.74 93 [201][202]
1975 Tom Seaver Hall of Fame (2) New York Mets 22–9 2.38 243 [203][204]
1974 Mike Marshall Los Angeles Dodgers 15–12 2.42 143 [205][206]
1973 Ron Bryant San Francisco Giants 24–12 3.53 143 [207][208]
1972 Steve Carlton Hall of Fame(1) Philadelphia Phillies 27–10 1.97 310 [197][198]
1971 Ferguson Jenkins Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs 24–13 2.77 263 [209][210]
1970 Bob Gibson Hall of Fame(2) St. Louis Cardinals 23–7 3.12 274 [211][212]
1969 Tom Seaver Hall of Fame(1) New York Mets 25–7 2.21 208 [203][204]
1968 Bob Gibson Hall of Fame(1) St. Louis Cardinals 22–9 1.12 268 [211][212]
1967 Mike McCormick San Francisco Giants 22–10 2.85 150 [213][214]
1966 Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame§(4) Los Angeles Dodgers 27–9 1.73 317 [22][23]
1965 Sandy Koufax* Hall of Fame§ (3) Los Angeles Dodgers 26–8 2.04 382 [22][23]
1964 Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 19–5 1.74 223 [22][23]
1963 Sandy Koufax* Hall of Fame§(1) Los Angeles Dodgers 25–5 1.88 306 [22][23]
1962 Don Drysdale* Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers 25–9 2.83 232 [215][216]
1961 Warren Spahn Hall of Fame(4) Milwaukee Braves 21–13 3.02 115 [18][19]
1960 Vern Law Pittsburgh Pirates 20–9 3.08 120 [217][218]
1959 Sam Jones San Francisco Giants 21–15 2.83 209 [219][220]
1958 Warren Spahn Hall of Fame(3) Milwaukee Braves 22–11 3.07 150 [18][19]
1957 Warren Spahn Hall of Fame(2) Milwaukee Braves 21–11 2.69 111 [18][19]
1956 Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers 27–7 3.06 139 [221][222]
1955 Robin Roberts Hall of Fame(2) Philadelphia Phillies 23–14 3.28 160 [16][17]
1954 Johnny Antonelli New York Giants 21–7 2.30 152 [223][224]
1953 Warren Spahn Hall of Fame(1) Milwaukee Braves 23–7 2.10 148 [18][19]
1952 Robin Roberts* Hall of Fame(1) Philadelphia Phillies 28–7 2.59 148 [16][17]
1951 Preacher Roe Brooklyn Dodgers 22–3 2.93 146 [225][226]
1950 Jim Konstanty Philadelphia Phillies 16–7 2.66 56 [227][228]
1949 Howie Pollet St. Louis Cardinals 20–9 2.77 108 [229][230]
1948 Johnny Sain Boston Braves 24–15 2.60 137 [231][232]
1945 Hank Borowy Chicago Cubs 11–2 2.12 47 [233][234]
1944 Bill Voiselle New York Giants 21–6 3.02 161 [12][13]

Players[edit]

Multiple Wins[edit]

Several players have won the Pitcher of the Year Award more than once.

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


Pitcher # of Awards Years
Roger Clemens 5 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001
Steve Carlton Hall of Fame 4 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982
Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame 4 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
Greg Maddux Hall of Fame 4 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Warren Spahn Hall of Fame 4 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961
Whitey Ford Hall of Fame 3 1955, 1961, 1963
Bob Lemon Hall of Fame 3 1948, 1950, 1954
Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame 3 1997, 1999, 2000
Jim Palmer Hall of Fame 3 1973, 1975, 1976
Clayton Kershaw 3 2011, 2013, 2014
Craig Kimbrel 3 2013, 2014, 2017
Max Scherzer 3 2013, 2016, 2017
Bob Gibson Hall of Fame 2 1968, 1970
Tom Glavine Hall of Fame 2 1991, 2000
Hal Newhouser Hall of Fame 2 1944, 1945
Robin Roberts Hall of Fame 2 1952, 1953
Tom Seaver Hall of Fame 2 1969, 1975
Vida Blue 2 1971, 1978
Chris Carpenter 2 2005, 2006
Roy Halladay 2 2003, 2010
Jimmy Key 2 1987, 1994
Denny McLain 2 1968, 1969
Tim Lincecum 2 2008, 2009
Billy Pierce 2 1956, 1957
Bret Saberhagen 2 1985, 1989
Johan Santana 2 2004, 2006
Curt Schilling 2 2001, 2002
Rick Sutcliffe 2 1984, 1987
Dellin Betances 2 2014, 2015
Zack Greinke 2 2009, 2015
Félix Hernández 2 2010, 2014
Kenley Jansen 2 2016, 2017
Justin 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.[42] Below is a complete list including individuals before the award was created.

  • 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.[10][22][28][42][43]
  • Walter Johnson and Lefty Grove achieved it twice before the award began.
Year Player Team League ERA W K Ref(s)
1913 Walter Johnsondagger(1) Washington Senators AL 1.14* 36* 243* [235]
1915 Grover Cleveland Alexanderdagger Philadelphia Phillies NL 1.22* 31* 241* [236]
1918 Walter Johnsondagger (2) Washington Senators AL 1.27* 23* 162* [237]
1924 Dazzy Vancedagger Brooklyn Robins NL 2.16* 28* 262* [238][239]
1930 Lefty Grovedagger (1) Philadelphia Athletics AL 2.54* 28* 209* [240][241]
1931 Lefty Grovedagger (2) Philadelphia Athletics AL 2.06* 31* 175* [242][243]
1945 Hal Newhouserdagger Detroit Tigers AL 1.81* 25* 212* [244][245]
1963 Sandy Koufaxdagger (1) Los Angeles Dodgers NL 1.88* 25* 306* [246]
1965 Sandy Koufaxdagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers NL 2.04* 26* 382* [247]
1966 Sandy Koufaxdagger (3) Los Angeles Dodgers NL 1.73* 27* 317* [248]
1985 Dwight Gooden New York Mets NL 1.53* 24* 268* [249][250]
2006 Johan Santana Minnesota Twins AL 2.77* 19* 245* [251][252]

MLB Hall of Fame predictor[edit]

Hall of Famer Bob Lemon, three-time AL winner

Winning three (3) or more Starting 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 one exception.[253] Active players are not eligible for the Hall of Fame.

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.[254] Clemens alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs is the major stumbling block to be elected to the Hall of Fame.[255]

Starting 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.[256] Kershaw's and Scherzer statistics are through the 2017 season.

Pitcher # of Awards Years HOF Year Wins ERA Ks
Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame 4 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 1972 165 2.76 2,396
Warren Spahn Hall of Fame 4 1953, 1957, 1958, 1961 1973 363 3.09 2,583
Whitey Ford Hall of Fame 3 1955, 1961, 1963 1974 236 2.75 1,956
Bob Lemon Hall of Fame 3 1948, 1950, 1954 1976 207 3.23 1,277
Jim Palmer Hall of Fame 3 1973, 1975, 1976 1990 268 2.86 2,212
Steve Carlton Hall of Fame 4 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982 1994 329 3.22 4,136
Greg Maddux Hall of Fame 4 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 2014 355 3.16 3,371
Pedro Martínez Hall of Fame 3 1997, 1999, 2000 2015 219 2.93 3,154
Clayton Kershaw 3 2011, 2013, 2014 Active-Not Eligible 144 2.36 2,210
Max Scherzer 3 2013, 2016, 2017 Active-Not Eligible 141 3.30 2,149
Roger Clemens 5 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001 354 3.12 4,672

300 and 3000 club members[edit]

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, two-time NL winner at Shea Stadium, 1974. Tom is one of two players to have 300 wins, 3,000Ks and a career ERA below 3.00.

Ten (10) pitchers have recorded 300 Wins and 3000 strikeouts. A list of these elite pitchers with the years they won the SN Pitcher of the Year Award is below. Only two(2) pitchers, Walter Johnson and Tom Seaver have a career ERA below 3.00. Four(4) pitchers have more than 4,000 career strikeouts. Walter Johnson has the most wins and lowest ERA. Nolan Ryan has the most strikeouts.

Pitcher SN Pitcher of the Years Wins ERA Ks Ref(s)
Steve Carlton Hall of Fame 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982 329 3.22 4,136 [197]
Roger Clemens 1986, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001 354 3.12 4,672 [32]
Randy Johnson Hall of Fame 1995 303 3.29 4,875 [90]
Walter Johnson Hall of Fame - 417 2.17 3,508 [257]
Greg Maddux Hall of Fame 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 355 3.16 3,371 [30]
Phil Niekro Hall of Fame - 318 3.35 3,342 [258]
Gaylord Perry Hall of Fame - 314 3.11 3,534 [259]
Nolan Ryan Hall of Fame 1977 324 3.19 5,714 [118]
Tom Seaver Hall of Fame 1969, 1975 311 2.86 3,640 [203]
Don Sutton Hall of Fame - 324 3.26 3,574 [260]

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 (WP: 10-15, 9IP, 5K, 3H, 0BB, 0R) of New York Mets pitched a complete game shutout defeating Orel Hershiser (LP:14-10, 8IP, 4K, 8H, 1BB, 1ER) of the Dodgers 1–0.[261]
  • On May 9, 2013 Toronto's R. A. Dickey (6IP, 5K, 5H, 5BB, 2ER) pitched against David Price (8IP, 8K, 7H, 1BB, 2ER)of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won in 10 innings 5–4, neither starting pitcher got a decision.[262]
  • Arizona's Zach Greinke (WP:7-3, 11K, 7IP, 4H, 0BB, 0R) bested (3-0) Houston's Dallas Keuchel (LP:3-7, 6IP, 6K, 6H, 1BB, 3 ER) on June 2, 2016.[263]

Organizations[edit]

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only organization whose pitchers have won the Pitcher of the Year Award in 5 consecutive years: 1962–1966 (Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax) and 2013-2017 (Kershaw, Greinke and Jansen). Los Angeles (Brooklyn) Dodgers pitchers have won the award 17 times; Atlanta (Boston and Milwaukee) Braves pitchers have won the award 13 times. The following organizations have never had a pitcher win the award: Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers.

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

The Atlanta (Boston and Milwaukee) Braves also have three pitchers who have won consecutive awards — Warren Spahn (1957–58), Greg Maddux (1992–95) and Craig Kimbrel (2013–14).

Team # of Awards Years
Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers
17
1951, 1956, 1962–1966, 1974, 1981, 1988, 2003, 2011, 2013–2017
Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves
13
1948, 1953, 1957–1958, 1961, 1991, 1993–1996, 2000, 2013–2014
Cleveland Indians
9
1948, 1950–1951, 1954, 1962, 1970, 2007–2008, 2016
Detroit Tigers
9
1944–1945, 1968–1969, 1981, 1984, 2011–2013
New York Yankees
9
1955, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1978, 1994, 2001, 2014–2015
Philadelphia Phillies
9
1950, 1952, 1955, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982–1983, 2010
San Francisco/New York Giants
9
1944, 1954, 1959, 1967, 1973, 1978, 2004, 2008–2009
Boston Red Sox
8
1949, 1967, 1986, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2017(2)
Baltimore Orioles
7
1960, 1973, 1975–1976, 1979–1980, 2016
Chicago White Sox
6
1956–1957, 1959, 1972, 1983, 1993
Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators
6
1953, 1965–1966, 1988, 2004, 2006
Oakland/Philadelphia Athletics
6
1952, 1971, 1974, 1990, 1992, 2002
Toronto Blue Jays
6
1982, 1987, 1996–1998, 2003
Chicago Cubs
5
1945, 1971, 1984, 1987, 1992
St. Louis Cardinals
5
1949, 1968, 1970, 2005–2006
Houston Astros
4
1979, 1986, 1999, 2015
Kansas City Royals
4
1985, 1989, 2009, 2013
New York Mets
4
1969, 1975, 1985, 2012
San Diego Padres
4
1976, 1989, 1998, 2007
Los Angeles (California) Angels of Anaheim
3
1964, 1977, 2005
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos
3
1997, 2016, 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates
3
1960, 1990, 2015
Seattle Mariners
3
1995, 2010, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks
2
2001–2002
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos
3
1997, 2016, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays
1
2012
Cincinnati Reds
0
none
Colorado Rockies
0
none
Miami/Florida Marlins
0
none
Milwaukee Brewers
0
none
Texas Rangers
0
none

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