Kluber claim Cy Young awards
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[November 13, 2014]
By Larry Fine
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers ace
Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice as National League Cy Young
winner, while Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians was a surprise
winner as the American League's top pitcher.
Kershaw won the award on Wednesday for the second year in a row
and third time in four seasons after a 21-3 performance that also
made him a contender for Most Valuable Player honors to be announced
In contrast, Kluber burst to attention after having made just 36
Major League Baseball starts before 2014. He went 18-9 with a 2.44
ERA after a brilliant second half to win a tight race over 2010
winner Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.
Kluber, 28, collected 17 first-place votes with Hernandez getting
the other 13 from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of
American to outpoint "King Felix" 169 to 159.
"I really didn't expect this," Kluber said in a conference call. "I
was fully expecting Felix to win it, (given) how good of a year he
had and who he is."
Kluber logged a sterling ERA of 1.73 after the All-Star break as
Cleveland made a run for the playoffs.
While Kluber arrived on the big stage, fellow-Texan Kershaw further
underlined his status as the best pitcher in the majors.
The 26-year-old lefty, who became the youngest to win the Cy Young
for a third time, led the majors with a 1.77 ERA. He struck out 239
batters in 198-1/3 innings, pitched a no-hitter and led the league
with six complete games.
Yet the season ended on a down note for Kershaw, who failed to twice
protect leads he carried into the seventh inning as the Dodgers fell
to the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs.
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"Obviously winning the Cy Young Award is something you never want to
take for granted," he said.
"(But) For me personally the season didn't end the way I wanted it
to. I didn't pitch well enough to win games and that's ultimately
why we play the games, to win the World Series."
Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto, 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA, finished second
ahead of St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA.
AL runner-up Hernandez was 15-6 with a league-best 2.14 ERA and 248
strikeouts in 236 innings.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Mark
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