Indians’ Shane Bieber unanimously wins AL Cy Young

Shane Bieber (Courtesy Dan Mendlik/Indians)

Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was unanimously selected as the American League Cy Young winner.

It marked the 10th time an AL pitcher has been a unanimous choice for the award. Three pitchers were unanimous selections twice – Johan Santana with the Twins in 2004 and 2006, Pedro Martinez with the Red Sox in 1999 and 2000 and Roger Clemens with the Red Sox in 1986 and the Blue Jays in 1998. The other unanimous AL winners were the Tigers’ Denny McLain in 1968, the Yankees’ Ron Guidry in 1978 and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander in 2011. National League elections have had 14 unanimous choices.

This is the sixth time an Indians pitcher has won. The other Cleveland winners were Gaylord Perry in 1972, CC Sabathia in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008 and Corey Kluber in 2014 and 2017.

Bieber was the only pitcher listed on every ballot.

Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers representing each league city. They 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.

2020 AL Cy Young

 1st2nd3rd4th5thPoints
Shane Bieber, Indians30210
Kenta Maeda, Twins1842492
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays475451
Gerrit Cole, Yankees2610450
Dallas Keuchel, White Sox545446
Lance Lynn, Rangers134122
Lucas Giolito, White Sox32518
Chris Bassitt, Athletics21210
Dylan Bundy, Angels125
Liam Hendriks, Athletics135
Framber Valdez, Astros11

Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the American League. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.

NameAffiliationChapter1st2nd3rd4th5th
Steve MelewskiMASNSports.comBALBieberMaedaKeuchelColeGiolito
Rich DubroffBaltimoreBaseball.comBALBieberKeuchelBassittMaedaCole
Ian BrowneMLB.comBOSBieberMaedaGiolitoColeRyu
Rob BradfordWEEI.comBOSBieberMaedaKeuchelColeRyu
Vinnie DuberNBC Sports ChicagoCHIBieberMaedaGiolitoColeKeuchel
LaMond PopeChicago TribuneCHIBieberMaedaLynnColeGiolito
Chris AssenheimerThe Chronicle-TelegramCLEBieberColeMaedaRyuKeuchel
Ryan LewisAkron Beacon JournalCLEBieberMaedaColeRyuKeuchel
Evan WoodberyMLive Media GroupDETBieberMaedaRyuLynnCole
Chris McCoskyDetroit NewsDETBieberColeGiolitoLynnMaeda
Jesus OrtizOur Esquina SportsHOUBieberRyuLynnColeBassitt
Richard JusticeMLB.comHOUBieberKeuchelBassittRyuMaeda
Sam MellingerKansas City StarKCBieberMaedaLynnColeHendriks
Jeff PassanESPN.comKCBieberMaedaRyuKeuchelGiolito
Fabian ArdayaThe AthleticLABieberRyuMaedaKeuchelBundy
Rhett BollingerMLB.comLABieberMaedaBundyRyuGiolito
Patrick ReusseMinneapolis Star TribuneMINBieberMaedaRyuGiolitoHendriks
Dan HayesThe AthleticMINBieberMaedaRyuKeuchelCole
Erik BolandNewsdayNYBieberMaedaRyuGiolitoKeuchel
George KingNew York PostNYBieberKeuchelColeMaedaBassitt
Martin GallegosMLB.comOAKBieberMaedaColeBassittHendriks
Melissa LockardThe AthleticOAKBieberKeuchelRyuHendriksLynn
Tim BoothThe Associated PressSEABieberMaedaRyuColeGiolito
Larry StoneSeattle TimesSEABieberRyuMaedaLynnCole
Eduardo A. EncinaTampa Bay TimesTBBieberMaedaColeKeuchelRyu
John RomanoTampa Bay TimesTBBieberRyuKeuchelColeMaeda
Levi WeaverThe AthleticTEXBieberLynnColeRyuMaeda
TR SullivanMLB.ComTEXBieberKeuchelMaedaLynnBundy
Rob LongleyToronto SunTORBieberMaedaColeKeuchelRyu
Arden ZwellingSportsnet.caTORBieberMaedaKeuchelColeValdez