2009 Cy Young Voters Shut Out Dodgers

Dodgers Pitchers were shut out of the 2009 Cy Young Voting for the second season in succession. Tim Lincecum of San Francisco won his second award, out-polling Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright of St. Louis. The last Dodger to earn a Cy Young vote was Brad Penny who finished third in 2007.

The Giants Tim Lincecum won the 2009 Cy Young Award to became the only pitcher to capture the Cy Young Award in each of his first two full Major League seasons.

Lincecum totaled 100 points and 11 first-place votes. He edged St. Louis right-handers Chris Carpenter (nine first-place votes, 94 points) and Adam Wainwright (12 first-place votes, 90 points). He joined 1967 Cy Young recipient Mike McCormick to become only the second Giant to win the award.

 The 2008 voting:

 Pitcher, team	        1st 2nd 3rd totals
Tim Lincecum, SF	11   12    9    100
Chris Carpenter, StL	 9   14    7    94
Adam Wainright, StL	12    5   15    90
Javier Vasquez, Atl	 0    1    0     3
Dan Haren AZ	         0    0    1     1	 
Two Baseball Writers Assiciation of America voters, representing each 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.

Dodgers 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 might well 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*
* only one winner chosen

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.

All-time 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].
Mitchell a Finalist for Stenson Award

Russ Mitchell
The Arizona Fall League, as it has each year since 2004, will present one current AFL player with the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, a recognition given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.

First Baseman Russ Mitchell of the Peoria Javelinas is the Dodgers candidate.

?Mitchell, a 15th-rounder in the 2003 Draft, struggled a bit during the regular season with Double-A Jacksonville, batting .241, but has turned it on in Arizona, hitting .326 in 24 games. He's 30-for-92 with 25 RBIs and 10 doubles. Mitchell, 24, fell a homer short of the cycle on Nov. 10 and was named the league's Player of the Week on Oct. 19.

Three Added to Dodgers Roster
The Dodgers added three prospects to their 40-man roster when they purchased the contracts of shortstop Ivan DeJesus, outfielder Trayvon Robinson and right-hander Kenley Jansen.

DeJesus, 23, missed nearly the entire 2009 season. He was limited to four games and 10 at-bats in the Arizona Rookie League after breaking his left leg in a Spring Training "B" game against Milwaukee on March 2. Robinson, 22, hit a combined .300 with 17 home runs, 64 RBIs and an .866 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) at Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga.

Jansen, 22, who converted to pitching from catching, recorded a 4.63 ERA in 12 relief appearances. He struck out 19 and walked 11 in 11 2/3 innings.

Yankee Pitcher OK With L.A.
The Yankees Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, a non-tender candidate, he told reporters that his first choice was to remain with New York. But if the Yankees cut him loose, Wang said he would not be opposed to going to the Dodgers.

"Not bad," Wang said when asked about going to Los Angeles. The two-time 19-game winner indicated that he would feel comfortable playing for a manager in Joe Torre who knows him well. Wang also went to middle school with Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, and the two remain friends.

The Taiwanese media had been waiting to ask Wang about the Dodgers after the Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa, also a former Yankees coach, reportedly said if he were asked about possibility of Wang coming to L.A., he would definitely support signing him.

Wang, who turns 30 next spring, got hit hard in 2009 and is recovering from season-ending surgery. He is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. --Reported by Diamond Leong.

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