If there was one award up for grabs this offseason that looked to be a done deal before the results of the voting were tallied, it was the American League’s Cy Young Award. What little suspense remained in the race ended Wednesday night when Cleveland’s Shane Bieber was announced as the unanimous winner of baseball’s top pitching honor.
Bieber earned first place votes on all 30 ballots submitted by the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, announced Wednesday night on MLB Network. Bieber’s historic efforts in 2020 brought the Cy Young Award back to Cleveland for the third time in the last seven years, following Corey Kluber’s wins in 2014 and 2017.
“That’s pretty special,” Bieber shared with the media following another big victory for the third-year right-hander. “I appreciate them for casting their votes for me. It means the world, it really does. I’m just happy.”
The Cleveland Indians have already brought home some hardware this offseason, but two of the biggest remaining awards left to be acknowledged for play this past season are coming up this week.
With Major League Baseball set to announce four sets of awards this week, the Indians have a pair of big nominees in the running for two of baseball’s top honors. While the team does not have any representatives in the running for the Rookie of the Year and the Manager of the Year awards, pitcher Shane Bieber is the frontrunner for the American League’s Cy Young Award and third baseman Jose Ramirez is confirmed to be one of the top three finishers in the AL’s Most Valuable Player contest.
The offseason award tour has been fruitful for the Indians thus far.
November historically marks the start of offseason activities around baseball and this year is no exception, even with the delays and issues created this season by the coronavirus.
The Major League Baseball free agency period kicked off over the weekend, with all teams also needing to come to terms on roster option decisions and qualifying offers for the handful of viable candidates on the new $18.9 million one-year tender. With that out of the way, the league can now look back and recognize its best and brightest during a season devoid of a midseason All-Star nod for those excelling at their craft.
Finalists for Major League Baseball’s four major awards will be announced on Monday night in a live MLB Network broadcast beginning at 6 PM ET. The top three finalists in each league will be announced for the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year.
Well ahead of Sunday’s deadline, the Cleveland Indians announced four roster decisions pertaining to team options on Friday.
Catcher Roberto Perez will return to the Tribe in 2021, as his option was picked up by the team. Similar pacts with first baseman Carlos Santana, outfielder Domingo Santana, and closer Brad Hand were declined, making the three veterans free agents.
Let the salary slashing commence?
In what may be an ominous sign in the peak of spooky season, the Cleveland Indians placed one of the American League’s top relievers in 2020, closer Brad Hand, on outright waivers on Thursday in what could only be viewed as a cost-cutting measure by the organization.