Today in Tribe History: November 13, 2008

Starting pitcher Cliff Lee takes home the American League Cy Young Award after his 22-3 season for the Indians in 2008. Cleveland has now won back-to-back Cys after ending a drought dating back to 1972.

The Indians lefty earned 24 of 28 first place votes for 132 vote points overall. Lee, who was in his seventh season for the Tribe, engineered an incredible comeback season after going 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA during a 2007 season that saw him demoted to the minors and left off the playoff rosters. He bounced back to lead the league in wins (22), winning percentage (0.880), shutouts (two), ERA (2.54), walks per nine (1.4), and home runs per nine (0.5).

Toronto’s Roy Halladay was second with four first place votes and 71 vote points overall after his 20-11 season with a 2.78 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 246 innings.

Lee receives the honor one year to the day that former teammate CC Sabathia, who was traded by the Indians midseason, won the award in 2007 with a 19-7 record, 3.21 ERA, and 309 strikeouts.

Lee becomes the third Indians pitcher to win the top pitching award in the league, following Gaylord Perry and Sabathia.

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