The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw was the 14th pitcher to win by a unanimous vote in the NL. The others: Sandy Koufax three times, Greg Maddux twice and once apiece by Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Rick Sutcliffe, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, Jake Peavy and Roy Halladay. There has been a unanimous winner in the American League nine times: Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana twice each; Denny McLain, Ron Guidry and Justin Verlander once apiece.
Kershaw was the fifth NL pitcher to win the award in consecutive seasons. Maddux and Johnson each won four years in a row. The other back-to-back winners were Koufax and Tim Lincecum. Successive victories have occurred five times in the AL: twice by Clemens and once each by McLain, Martinez and Jim Palmer.
Kershaw’s third Cy Young Award tied the Dodgers’ franchise record of Koufax and marked the ninth time a pitcher has won the award at least that often. Clemens holds the record with seven (six in the AL and one in the NL). Johnson won five times (four in the NL and once in the AL) and Maddux and Carlton four times each (all in the NL). Other three-time winners in addition to Koufax were Martinez (two in the AL and one in the NL), Palmer (all in the AL) and Tom Seaver (all in the NL).
This election marked the 12th time a Dodgers pitcher won the award. In addition to Kershaw and Koufax, Dodgers winners were Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale, Mike Marshall, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Eric Gagne. No other club has won the award more than seven times.
Kershaw, Cueto and Wainwright were the only pitchers named to every ballot.
The Reds have never had a Cy Young Award winner. Cueto was the fifth Cincinnati pitcher to finish second. Other Reds pitchers who were runners-up were Pete Schourek in 1995, Danny Jackson in 1988, Mario Soto in 1983 and Tom Seaver in 1981.
Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that awards seven points for first place, four points for second place, three points for third place, two votes for fourth place and one point for fifth place.
2014 NL Cy Young
|Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||30||210|
|Johnny Cueto, Reds||23||6||1||112|
|Adam Wainwright, Cardinals||7||23||97|
|Madison Bumgarner, Giants||13||2||28|
|Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals||1||7||8||25|
|Cole Hamels, Phillies||6||5||17|
|Zack Greinke, Dodgers||2||2||6|
|Doug Fister, Nationals||1||3||5|
|Jake Arrieta, Cubs||3||3|
|Craig Kimbrel, Braves||3||3|
|Stephen Strasburg, Nationals||3||3|
|Henderson Alvarez, Marlins||1||1|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the National League. Note that in some cases (*), when a city does not have enough eligible voters, a voter from another city represents that chapter. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|Guy Curtright||The Sports Xchange||ATL||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Bumgarner||Zimmermann|
|Justin McGuire||Sporting News||ATL*||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Hamels||Fister|
|Jack Magruder||Fox Sports Arizona||AZ||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Zimmerman||Hamels|
|Zach Buchanan||azcentral sports||AZ||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Hamels||Arrieta|
|Gordon Wittenmyer||Chicago Sun Times||CHI||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Zimmerman||Bumgarner|
|Bruce Miles||Daily Herald||CHI||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Kimbrel|
|John Fay||Cincinnati Enquirer||CIN||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Zimmerman||Arrieta|
|Mark Schmetzer||Reds Report||CIN||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Kimbrel|
|Barney Hutchinson||Daily Camera||COL||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Fister|
|Nick Groke||The Denver Post||COL||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Hamels|
|J.P. Hoornstra||Los Angeles News Group||LA||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Zimmermann|
|Manny Navarro||Miami Herald||MIA||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Fister||Alvarez|
|Juan C. Rodriguez||Sun Sentinel||MIA||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Bumgarner||Zimmermann|
|Drew Olson||ESPN Milwaukee||MIL||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Zimmerman||Hamels|
|Marc Carig||Newsday (New York)||NY||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Hamels||Zimmermann|
|Anthony McCarron||New York Daily News||NY||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Greinke|
|Kevin Cooney||Bucks County Courier Times||PHI||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Hamels||Arrieta|
|John Perrotto||USA Today||PIT||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Hamels||Kimbrel|
|Travis Sawchik||Pittsburgh Tribune-Review||PIT||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Zimmermann||Strasburg|
|Jeff Sanders||San Diego Union-Tribune||SD||Kershaw||Wainwright||Zimmermann||Cueto||Strasburg|
|Dennis Lin||U-T San Diego||SD||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Greinke|
|John Shea||San Francisco Chronicle||SF||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Zimmermann|
|Alex Pavlovic||San Jose Mercury News||SF||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Bumgarner||Zimmermann|
|Bernie Miklasz||St. Louis Post Dispatch||STL||Kershaw||Wainwright||Cueto||Zimmerman||Strasburg|
|Joe Strauss||St. Louis Post Dispatch||STL||Kershaw||Cueto||Wainwright||Greinke||Zimmerman|