Today the BBWAA named Tim Lincecum the 2008 National League CY Young Award Winner.
Lincecum became only the second Giant to capture the Cy Young, joining 1967 winner Mike McCormick, and the first second-year player to earn the distinction since right-handers Dwight Gooden of the Mets and Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City secured the 1985 awards in their respective leagues.
McCormick, Gooden, and Saberhagen? That’s very good company to be a part of.
From the BBWAA website:
Of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, Lincecum was listed first on 23, second on seven and third on one to total 137 points, based on a 5-3-1 tabulation system. The righthander, 24, was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and led the NL in winning percentage (.783) and strikeouts (265).
Like the quote says, Lincecum finished with 137 total points. Runnerup was Brandon Webb with 73 and Johan Santana with 55 points. Brad Lidge received 10 points, CC Sabathia received 9 points, and Ryan Dempster received 4 points.
We’ll go over some numbers on Lincecum’s season tomorrow, but for now, congrats to Lincecum and the Giants. The team rode him hard to finish the year and let’s hope Lincecum will have several more healthy years with the San Francisco Giants.