Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lincecum captures NL Cy Young

The Cy Young for the National League has been announced. I heard on the radio that Lincecum is so young looking that when he reported to the Giants last year the security guys thought he was a bat boy! For you soccer fans out there the Cy Young is awarded to the best pitcher in baseball (one in each league) as voted on by the baseball writers,

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has been named the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Lincecum placed first on 23 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city to become just the second hurler in Giants history to win the award and the first since lefty Mike McCormick in 1967. Lincecum finished second on seven ballots and third on one, as he received 137 points based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system.

Arizona's Brandon Webb, the 2006 winner of this award, finished second for the second straight year with 73 points, placing first on four ballots, second on 15 and third on eight others. New York's Johan Santana received four first- place votes and was third with 55 points.

Lincecum was dominant in just his second big league season, going 18-5 for the 72-win Giants. He led the majors with 265 strikeouts, was second in the NL with a 2.62 earned run average and had the highest winning percentage in the Senior Circuit (.783).

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