Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians and Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds won the Cy-Young Trophy in their respective leagues as last season’s MVP in Major Baseball.
Bieber was a unanimous choice in the American League in the ballot with the Baseball Columnists Association of America. Bauer received 27 of the 30 first-place votes in the National to become the first pitcher to earn the honor in Reds history.
With a diverse throwing repertoire, including a pronounced curve ball and devastating slippery, Bieber compiled an 8-1 record with an average of 1.63 and 122 strikeouts in 77 innings and a third over the course of the season shortened due to the pandemic. He led the Majors in averages and strikeouts, and shared first place with Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs in wins.
Bieber became the second player in Indians history to win the Triple Crown for pitchers, after Bob Feller in 1940. He is also the first Majors pitcher to dominate in wins, average and strikeouts since Johan Santana with the Minnesota Twins in 2006.
Kenta Maeda of the Twins was second in the ballot in the American, followed by Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Toronto Blue Jays.
For his part, Bauer compiled a 5-4 record and led the National with an average of 1.73 in 11 starts, helping the Reds to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The 29-year-old right-hander has struck out 100 batters in 73 innings of work. He was the only Majors pitcher to have two shutouts this season, each time in seven-innings in doubles programs.
Although the Reds are the oldest team in the Majors, Bauer is the first pitcher in their history to be honored in this way. Bauer rejected the Reds’ qualifying offer at the end of the 2020 season and is therefore a free agent. He hasn’t closed the door to a comeback with the team, however.
Darvish was second in the National poll, followed by Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. DeGrom was hoping to win the Cy-Young for a third straight season.