Cliff Lee wins Indians’ 2nd straight Cy Young

Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians was elected the American League Cy Young Award winner in balloting by the BBWAA. It marked the second consecutive year and third time overall that a Cleveland pitcher was honored. CC Sabathia won last year. The other Indians winner was Gaylord Perry in 1972.

Lee was named first on 24 and second on the other four of the 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city for a total of 132 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. The lefthander, 30, was 22-3 in leading the AL in victories, winning percentage (.880) and ERA (2.54) and adding career-high totals of innings (223 1/3) and strikeouts (170) with four complete games and two shutouts. Lee, the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game July 15 at Yankee Stadium, was the only pitcher named on all ballots.

The other four first-place votes went to Toronto Blue Jays righthander Roy Halladay, who was the runner-up with 71 points. Halladay, the 2003 winner, had a 20-11 record with a 2.78 ERA and led the major leagues in innings (246) and complete games (9). Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2-3, 2.24 ERA), who set a major league record with 62 saves, finished third with 32 points. Four other pitchers received votes.

This was the fifth time two different pitchers from the same team won the AL Cy Young Award in successive years. The others were the New York Yankees’ Sparky Lyle (1977) and Ron Guidry (1978), the Baltimore Orioles’ Mike Flanagan (1979) and Steve Stone (1980), the Milwaukee Brewers’ Rollie Fingers (1981) and Pete Vuckovich (1982) and the Blue Jays’ Pat Hentgen (1996) and Roger Clemens (1997). It has happened three times in the National League.

2008 AL MVP

Dustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox16641317
Justin MorneauMinnesota Twins7763311257
Kevin YoukilisBoston Red Sox24492412201
Joe MauerMinnesota Twins281343321188
Carlos QuentinChicago White Sox14844411160
Francisco RodriguezLos Angeles Angels12616322143
Josh HamiltonTexas Rangers22373243112
Alex RodriguezNew York Yankees11414745
Carlos PenaTampa Bay Rays12232344
Grady SizemoreCleveland Indians2156142
Evan LongoriaTampa Bay Rays2252138
Cliff LeeCleveland Indians1111124
Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers114117
Vladimir GuerreroLos Angeles Angels22116
Jermaine DyeChicago White Sox12214
Aubrey HuffBaltimore Orioles12312
Milton BradleyTexas Rangers119
Jason BartlettTampa Bay Rays16
Mike MussinaNew York Yankees13
Raul IbanezSeattle Mariners11
Ian KinslerTexas Rangers11
Ichiro SuzukiSeattle Mariners11
Mark TeixeiraLos Angeles Angels11