O’s closer Britton not a Cy Young Award finalist; Showalter in final three for Manager of the Year
There wasn’t much more Orioles left-hander Zach Britton could do to make a case for this season’s American League Cy Young Award. He was just short of perfect, converting all 47 save opportunities. But the game’s best closer in 2016 was not named Monday among the three finalists.
Britton had a momentous season — his 0.54 ERA was the best in major league history for a pitcher with at least 50 innings and he did not allow an earned run over 43 straight appearances, also a major league record — but the announcement showed how difficult it is for a reliever to win the award.
The three finalists are starters: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber, Boston right-hander Rick Porcello and Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Manager Buck Showalter was named a finalist for the AL Manager of the Year award along with the Indians’ Terry Francona and the Rangers’ Jeff Bannister, who won it last year. Showalter won in 2014 after guiding the Orioles to the AL East title and the AL Championship Series.
— Eduardo A. Encina