The Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday named Nationals Starter Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.
This is the second Cy Young Award for Scherzer, who won the award with the Detroit Tigers in 2013.
Scherzer finished the season with a 20-7 record, and his 20 wins were the most in the National League. He also had a career-high 284 strikeouts, which was the most in all of the majors.
The Nationals’ ace was also the first pitcher with 20 wins, 250 strikeouts and a sub-.200 BAA (batting average against) since Bob Gibson in 1968, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Scherzer received 25 of 30 first place votes, with 192 voting points. The other five votes were split up among Cubs pitchers John Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Scherzer celebrated the news on a boat with friends, who gave him a celebratory champaign shower.
Scherzer is now just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Roger Clemens (Astros/Red Sox/Blue Jays/Yankees), Roy Halladay (Phillies/Blue Jays) and Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks/Mariners), Pedro Martinez (Expos/Red Sox) and Gaylord Perry (Padres/Indians).
With the Washington Nationals going on a magical run to capture the 2019 World Series, the team will likely serve as an inspiration to young ballplayers everywhere.
Many will strive to swing like Soto and Rendon, and pitch like Scherzer and Strasburg. As it turns out, they want to celebrate like Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick too.
Throughout the 2019 season, Washington introduced plenty of exciting ways to celebrate a good time. From 'Baby Shark' to home run dances to hugs and more, it always seemed to be a party in the dugout. One particular move that caught the attention of many was the clutch and drive celebration by Kendrick and Eaton.
During Game 2 of the World Series, the two were caught on camera sitting down and acting out the motions of driving a car, noises and everything, after an Eaton home run. The act quickly picked up steam, and now seems to have made its way to the Little League level.
The Mount Vernon Mavericks from Alexandria, Virginia, broke out the move at a game and even got the whole team involved. Such an impressive feat that it caught the attention of Eaton.
With the Nationals leaving an impact on the baseball landscape, expect to see more of this in the future.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals has edged out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.
Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job. Counsell received more first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed Tuesday night, but Shildt got more second-place votes and appeared on more ballots.
Shildt teared up upon learning he'd won, saying he was already in an emotional place after his mother died last Wednesday.
Shildt replaced Mike Matheny as Cardinals manager during the 2018 season, and St. Louis has been among baseball's best teams since. The club won 91 games and the NL Central crown this year, ending the franchise's three-year postseason drought.
The 51-year-old Shildt became the first manager of the year who had never played pro ball at any level. Last week, the Cardinals gave him a contract extension through the 2022 season.
Atlanta's Brian Snitker was third after winning the award last year. The Dodgers' Dave Roberts finished fourth, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez was fifth. Washington won the World Series, but voting concluded before the postseason began.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight ballot over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods. The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award and the eighth to take it in his first full season on the job.
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