ZACK GREINKE WINS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD
Royals right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke today was the overwhelming choice as the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Greinke’s Cy Young season is the fourth in Royals history as he becomes the third pitcher to win the award, joining two-time winner Bret Saberhagen (1985, 1989) and David Cone (1994).
The 26-year old Greinke was named first on 25 ballots and second on three ballots of the 28 total ballots cast by two writers in each American League city. He received a total of 134 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulations system for first, second and third-place votes. The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez was the runner-up to Greinke, with 80 points and two first-place votes. The Tigers’ Justin Verlander picked up the other first-place vote. The Yankees’ CC Sabathia and the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay also picked up votes.
Greinke has also been named the 2009 Royals Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, his second such award after taking home the honor in 2004. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Greinke was a unanimous selection for the Bruce Rice Award.
The Florida native posted arguably the greatest pitching season in Royals history and was already named both The Sporting News A.L. Pitcher of the Year and the A.L. Bullet Rogan Award winner by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The right-hander was 16-8 with a Major League-leading 2.16 ERA, the lowest in the circuit since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA for Boston in 2000. In addition to ERA, the Cy Young winner also paced the AL in opponent on-base pct. (.276), baserunners per nine innings (9.81) and fewest home runs per nine innings (0.43) while finishing second in numerous other categories including strikeouts, posting 242, second-most in Royals history.