Kershaw, Scherzer earn Cy Young honors
NEW YORK | Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball’s Cy Young awards.
Kershaw won the prize as the National League’s best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA.
The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.
Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year.
Wainwright placed second, followed by NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins.
Kershaw is the ninth NL pitcher and 17th overall to win multiple Cy Youngs, and his was the 10th win for a Dodgers pitcher dating back to Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe taking the first NL honor in 1956.
Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second in AL voting, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Young voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners came in third.
The 29-year-old Scherzer won his first 13 decisions of the season and was the American League starter in the All-Star game.
Scherzer helped pitch the Tigers to their third straight AL Central title. He was joined in a deep rotation by Justin Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.
Scherzer went 16-7 last year, then added a curveball to an impressive repertoire that already included a hard fastball, slider and changeup.
Voting for the award was done before the playoffs began. Scherzer twice beat Oakland in the AL division series, then went 0-1 in two starts against Boston in the AL championship series — he was pulled both times with the Tigers ahead. words for the New York Mets, and they were far from kind. And he also backed the Tampa Bay Rays’ desire for a new ballpark.
On the third day of the general managers’ meetings, the baseball agent with the highest profile stood in the hotel lobby for a question-and-answer session that gathered an amount of media so large that hotel security told him to move to a remote corridor.
Boras wants to goad teams into spending more on free agents. When he focused on the Mets, he pointed out their concentration on captain David Wright and young pitchers such as Matt Harvey — his client — and Zack Wheeler.
“The Mets are like NASA,” Boras said. “They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They’ve got one guy with the ‘Wright’ stuff, that’s for sure. And they’ve got a lot of Arm-strongs, too. But they’re certainly a club that I’m sure that’s in pursuit of a higher level of talent.”
Boras has been stepping up his criticism of large-market teams lacking lofty payrolls. Following the collapse of Bernard Madoff Ponzi’s scheme, the Mets have cut payroll by about one-third over the past two seasons and were 17th at about $95 million in the latest 2013 figures.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson responded in a low-key manner: “I don’t think his intergalactic metaphor is exactly right.”
Asked what was incorrect, Alderson said: “I’m not sure because I’ve first got to understand it.”
Boras compared the Tampa Bay Rays’ situation to Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities,” saying there was “the one they’re in and the one they should be in.” The Rays repeatedly have said Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is inadequate, and they drew a major league-low 1.5 million at home despite reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won his second Cy Young Award in three seasons, while the Tigers’ Max Scherzer (left) was named his league’s best pitcher for the first time.