Blake Snell and Gerrit Cole Win Cy Young Awards
Former Padres Starter and Yankees Ace Recognized
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday the winners of the prestigious Cy Young Award for the 2023 season. Blake Snell, the former San Diego Padres starter, was awarded in the National League, while Gerrit Cole, the talented pitcher from the New York Yankees, received the honor in the American League.
Snell, who is set to become one of the most sought-after free agent pitchers in the upcoming 2024 campaign, secured his second Cy Young Award. His first win came in 2018 when he was the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The left-hander now joins an elite group of pitchers who have won at least one Cy Young Award in both leagues. This exclusive club includes Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martínez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay, and Max Scherzer, according to information from MLB in Spanish.
Snell’s impressive season statistics include a record of 14-9, a league-leading 2.25 ERA, 234 strikeouts, the fewest walks in the National League with 99, and a 1.189 WHIP in 180 innings pitched over 32 starts.
With 204 points, Snell outvoted Logan Webb (86) and Zac Gallen (68) to secure the Cy Young Award.
Gerrit Cole, the standout starter for the New York Yankees, also had a remarkable season, finishing with a 2.63 ERA, 222 strikeouts, 48 walks, and a 0.981 WHIP in 209.0 innings pitched across 33 starts.
The Bronx Mules’ ace also recorded two shutouts and earned an invitation to the All-Star Game, all while winning his first Cy Young Award.
Cole’s outstanding performance earned him the distinction of being the second pitcher in Yankees history, alongside Ron Guidry, to win the award unanimously. He received 30 first-place votes and accumulated a total of 210 points.
Sonny Gray (104 points) and Kevin Gausman (82) secured second and third place, respectively, in the voting.
Cole’s achievement adds him to the esteemed list of Yankee pitchers who have won a Cy Young Award, including Bob Turley (1958), Whitey Ford (1961), Sparky Lyle (1977), Ron Guidry (1978), and Roger Clemens (2001).