Brad Penny Third in Cy Young Voting

Dodger starter Brad Penny finished third in the 2007 Cy Young Award with Jake Peavey of San Diego earning all 32 first place votes and Brandon Webb appearing 31 of the 32 second ballots. Penny collected 14 third place votes.

Peavey led the National League with 19 wins, a 2.54 earned run average and 9.67 strikeouts per nine innings. Webb won the 2006 award with a 16-8 record.

Takashi Saito, who eighth in 2006 and was the first Dodger pitcher mentioned in the annual voting since Eric Gagné in 2004.
  2007 voting
               	           1st 	  2nd 	3rd 	tot
Jake Peavey, Padres	   32 	   0 	 0 	160
Brandon Webb, Arizona	    0 	  32 	 0 	 94
Brad Penny, L.A.	    0 	   0 	14 	 14
Aaron Harang, Cincinnati    0	   1 	 7 	 10
Carlos Zambrano, Cubs	    0 	   0 	 3 	  3
John Smoltz, Braves	    - 	   0 	 2 	  2
Jose Valverde, Arizona	    -  	   - 	 2 	  2
Jeff Francis, Colorado 	    - 	   - 	 1 	  1
Voters select their top three choices and points are tabulated on a 5-3-1 basis.

Saito ws the fourth Dodger reliever to earn votes. Gagne, Mike Marshall and Todd Worrell preceded him.

Gagne, the overwhelming winner in the 2003 Cy Young Award voting, finished in fourth place in 2002 and eighth place on the 2004 ballots, becoming the first relief pitcher in Dodger history to be given votes three years in succession.

Don Sutton received votes in five different seasons without every winning the big trophy. Sandy Koufax received votes in four seasons, 1963-66, earning the honor three times. Fernando Valenzuela also earned votes over four seasons and won in 1981. Orel Hershiser received votes in 1985, 1987-89, winning in 1988.

Cy Young winners
Don Newcombe was the first winnier and Gagné was the ninth Dodger Cy Young winner. Sandy Koufax won three titles. The award was given to the best pitcher of both leagues from 1956 to 1966 and has been given to the best pitcher in each league since 1967.

Koufax could have won four years in a row. He finished third in the 1964 voting and would have been the N.L. winner had they honored a player from each league that season.

Dodger winners:
2003—Eric Gagné
1988—Orel Hershiser
1981—Fernando Valenzuela
1974—Mike Marshall
1966—Sandy Koufax
1965—Sandy Koufax
1963—Sandy Koufax
1962—Don Drysdale
1956—Don Newcombe


All-time Dodger leader
Using the same voting method used by the Baseball Writers Association of America for MVP totals, counting first place votes 14, second nine and third eight on down the line, Koufax has a 50 point total and leads Fernando Valenzuela who has 37 and Orel Hershiser with 36.

Don Sutton, with five top 10 finishes has 33, Gagné 21. Ramon Martinez and Andy Messersmith have 15 points and lead four Cy Young winners Newcombe, Drysdale, Marshall and Hideo Nomo who are all tied for seventh.
Dodger leaders with top 10 finishes in brackets:

                              1st	2nd	3rd	pts
Sandy Koufax (4)               3	0	1	50
Fernando Valenzuela (4)	       1	1	1	37
Orel Hershiser (4)             1	0	1	36
Don Sutton (5)                 0	0	1	33
Eric Gagné (3)      	       1	0	0	24
Ramon Martinez (2)  	       0	1	0	15
Andy Messersmith (2)           0	1	0	15
Don Drysdale (1)     	       1	0	0	14
Mike Marshall (1)      	       1	0	0	14
Don Newcombe (1)      	       1	0	0	14
Hideo Nomo (3)      	       0	0	0	14
Others: 11 points—Tommy John (2); 10—Kevin Brown (2); 9 each—Al Downing (1); Burt Hooton (1), Sal Maglie (1), Jerry Reuss (1) and Brad Penny (1); 6—Todd Worrell (1); 5—Tim Belcher (1); 4—Bob Welch (1) and 2—Takashi Saito [1].

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