MLB Cy Young Award 2014: AL and NL Winners, Voting Results and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Major League Baseball awards season continued Wednesday night, with Cy Young Award winners being announced in the National League and American League. Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw captured the honors in the NL, while Cleveland Indians star Corey Kluber won the AL award. 

Here are the National League voting results:

2014 NL Cy Young Voting Results
Pitcher, Team1st2nd3rd4th5thPoints
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers30----210
Johnny Cueto, Reds-2361-112
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals-723--97
Madison Bumgarner, Giants---13228
Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals--17825
Cole Hamels, Phillies---6517
Zack Greinke, Dodgers---226
Doug Fister, Nationals---135
Jake Arrieta, Cubs----33
Craig Kimbrel, Braves----33
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals----33
Henderson Alvarez, Marlins----11
via BBWAA.com (Points are based on 7-4-3-2-1 system)

Here are the American League voting results:

2014 AL Cy Young Voting Results
Pitcher, Team1st2nd3rd4th5thPoints
Corey Kluber, Indians17112--169
Felix Hernandez, Mariners1317---159
Chris Sale, White Sox-2195378
Jon Lester, Red Sox/Athletics--315746
Max Scherzer, Tigers--46832
David Price, Rays/Tigers--23416
Phil Hughes, Twins---146
Wade Davis, Royals----33
Greg Holland, Royals----11
via BBWAA.com (Points are based on 7-4-3-2-1 scoring)

To no one's surprise, Kershaw dominated the voting the same way he did opposing hitters in 2014. In case you need a reminder, here's what the Dodgers' superstar did during the season, via the Dodgers' official Twitter:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

It's official and unanimous: Clayton Kershaw has won the 2014 NL #CyYoung Award, his third in four years! http://t.co/DiBTsIJW3K

If you want to put Kershaw's third Cy Young win into historical perspective, Ace of MLB Stats has you covered with this gem:

Ryan M. Spaeder @theaceofspaeder

#Dodgers Clayton Kershaw now has as many Cy Young Awards (3) as Pedro Martinez, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, & Jim Palmer each have.

Speaking on MLB Network after he was declared the Cy Young winner, Kershaw was asked about what motivates him to keep doing what he's doing, via MLB Network PR:

MLB Network PR @MLBNetworkPR

Three-time #CyYoung winner @ClaytonKersh22 on what motivates him most: "Winning. I love to win. Winning’s fun." #Dodgers

Kershaw had this award wrapped up with two months left in the season, though rules dictate that he must wait until Nov. 12 to collect it. He was historically good in a year with so much dominant starting pitching. It's hard to say someone who already had two Cy Young Awards keeps getting better, but that's what the 26-year-old did in 2014.     

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Now, Kershaw has to top that in 2015. 

The American League race was much tighter with no dominant standout like Kershaw. Corey Kluber, Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale all had compelling cases, which is why the voting results were so close. Just 10 points, or one first-place and one third-place vote, separated Kluber from Hernandez. 

As for Kluber's case, his teammate and Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis made a strong argument on Twitter:

Jason Kipnis @TheJK_Kid

Call it like it is: @CKluber got better when games got tighter! Most wins, most Ks, highest WAR of 3! Shaky defense behind him! #CyKluber

Since Kipnis can be accused of having some bias in the outcome of the AL Cy Young vote, ESPN Stats & Info also presented a case for Kluber to be declared the top pitcher:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Corey Kluber: 1st AL pitcher with sub-2.50 ERA and at least 260 strikeouts since Pedro Martinez in 2000

It's hard to do much better than Pedro Martinez, circa 1999-2000, so Kluber is keeping good company. 

Known for a stoic demeanor on the mound and in interviews, Kluber was at the top of his game when asked what he will do to celebrate the win, via MLB Network PR:

MLB Network PR @MLBNetworkPR

2014 AL #CyYoung winner Corey Kluber on what he'll do tonight: “Probably go home & give my daughters a bath or something boring like that.”

While that might not be the traditional celebration for a Cy Young winner, it fits for Kluber. He emerged out of nowhere in 2014 to become one of the best pitchers in the sport and got rewarded for his efforts. 

This was the perfect storm of events for both Cy Young awards. If you like dominance rarely seen by any pitcher, Kershaw was the man for you. If you like a tight race between three of the best young pitchers in the sport, Kluber's win over Hernandez and Sale was great television. 

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