Dodger Pitchers Get Zero Cy Young Votes

Dodgers Pitchers were shut out of the 2008 Cy Young Voting. Brad Penny finished third in 2007 and Takashi Saito was ninth in 2006. Tim Lincecum of San Francisco was the overwhelming winner, rolling up 137 points to 73 for Brandon Webb of Arizona who finished in second place. Johan Santana was third at 55.

Jake Peavey, who received all 32 first place votes and won the 2007 award, did not receive a vote.

 The 2008 voting:

 Pitcher, team	        1st	2nd	3rd	totals
Tim Lincecum, SF	23	7	1	137
Brandon Webb AZ	         4	15	8	 73
Johan Santana NYM	 4	8	11	 55
Brad Lidge Phil	         0	1	7	 10
CC Sabathia Mil	         1	1	1	  9
Ryan Dempster Chi	 0	0	4	  4
Two Baseball Writers Assiciation of America voters, representing every major league team, select their top three choices and points are tabulated on a 5-3-1 basis.

Eric Gagné, the overwhelming winner in the 2003 Cy Young Award voting, was he last Dodger winner. He also 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.

Gagné, at 27, became only the ninth relief pitcher in Major League history to win the award in 2003 and the second Dodger reliever, joining Mike Marshall in 1974.

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, all three when a winner was chosen from the entire Major Leagues, not just the National and American Leagues.

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. In between, 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 BBWA 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 points, Gagné 21. Ramon Martinez and Andy Messersmith have 15 points and lead three Cy Young winners Newcombe, Drysdale, Marshall plus 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) and Jerry Reuss (1); 6—Todd Worrell (1); 
5—Tim Belcher (1); 4—Bob Welch (1) 
and 2—Takashi Saito [1].

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