Indians’ Shane Bieber unanimous choice for AL Cy Young Award

Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber won the 2020 American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, becoming the AL’s first unanimous choice since Justin Verlander in 2011 by receiving all 30 first-place votes for 210 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Bieber went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77⅓ innings, helping the Indians reach the postseason for the fourth time in five years. In all, Bieber led the majors in wins, ERA, strikeouts, FIP (2.07) and K/9 (14.2) and is the first pitcher since 2011 to win the Triple Crown (ERA, wins, strikeouts).

Kenta Maeda (92 points) of the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Hyun-jin Ryu (51 points) finished second and third, respectively, in the AL voting.

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