Jake Peavy was a unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts pitching's version of a Triple Crown.
The San Diego Padres ace received all 32 first-place votes and finished with 160 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Arizona sinkerballer Brandon Webb, last year's winner, was a distant runner-up with 94 points. He was listed second on 31 ballots and third on one.
"Obviously, I was elated. This is as big as it gets as far as individual awards," Peavy said on a conference call.
Peavy went 19-6 while topping the majors in ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240) for the Padres, who came within one win of their third consecutive playoff berth. He joined Roger Clemens as the only starting pitchers to win a Cy Young Award without tossing a complete game.Clemens did it once in each league: 2001 with the New York Yankees (AL) and 2004 with Houston (NL).
REVENUES TOP $6 BILLION: Baseball revenue climbed to $6.075 billion this year, and commissioner Bud Selig envisions an even rosier financial future. "As I told the clubs today, we're on a great high here," Selig said Thursday following the conclusion of a two-day meeting in which owners discussed, among other things, ways to speed up games. "When you look at the final numbers and you see what's happened, it's remarkable." And with attendance up, and Major League Baseball also making a concerted effort to expose its product to other parts of the world, Selig is confident the game will continue the trend next season and beyond.
RIVERA TO RETURN? Joe Girardi plans to have Mariano Rivera in pinstripes next season. "We want to sign Mariano," the Yankees' new manager said Thursday. "I already spoke with him, and I think that there is a good chance that he will return to the team." Girardi spoke while was on a scouting trip to the team's academy in the Dominican Republic, where dozens of young players are hoping for a shot at the big leagues. Rivera also is in the Dominican conducting baseball clinics. The two met Wednesday night. New York recently offered Rivera a $45 million, three-year contract to stay with the club and was waiting to hear back from the All-Star closer.