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Everyone in Kansas City and everyone who follows the Royals knows Zack Greinke has been the best pitcher in the American League this season. Heck everyone who makes the effort to look at the cold hard numbers, or better yet has had the opportunity to watch him knows that no pitcher in baseball can match his performance. If you’ve seen him in person or on TV it’s simply a matter of believing your own eyes – Yes, he has been that good from April through September.

Now the campaign isn’t over and Zack has two more starts to improve his amazing numbers even more. The case for Zack is extensive and has been covered in detail any number of places. But instead of making the case again, I wanted to look back at how other Royals pitchers have fared in Cy Young voting over the last 40 years. Here is a breakdown of every Royals pitcher to ever finish in the Cy Young Award Top 5:

 

Year

Place

Pitcher

% of Vote

First Votes

Winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

1972

Fifth

Dick Drago

1%

0

Gaylord Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977

Fourth

Dennis Leonard

32%

5

Sparky Lyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980

Fifth

Dan Quisenberry

5%

0

Steve Stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

1982

Third

Dan Quisenberry

29%

4

Pete Vukovich

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983

Second

Dan Quisenberry

58%

9

LaMarr Hoyt

 

 

 

 

 

 

1984

Second

Dan Quisenberry

51%

9

Willie Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985

First

Bret Saberhagen

91%

23

Bret Saberhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

1988

Third

Mark Gubicza

19%

0

Frank Viola

 

 

 

 

 

 

1989

First

Bret Saberhagen

99%

27

Bret Saberhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

1993

Third

Kevin Appier

21%

1

Jack McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994

First

David Cone

71%

15

David Cone

 

Just A Bit More: Closers do not get nearly the support in Cy Young voting these days – but they did back in 1970’s and 80’s. Willie Hernandez won both the Cy Young and MVP Awards with the Tigers in 1984 with 32 saves (1.92 ERA) – 32 saves would have placed sixth in the American League in 2008.

Quiz actually had a better season the year before in 1983 when he set the then MLB record with 45 saves (1.94 ERA) but finished second to LaMarr Hoyt of the White Sox. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever Francisco Rodriguez set the save record with 62 in 2008 and finished no better than third. Consider that the Yankees Mariano Rivera has never won a Cy Young (or come that close really – 2nd in 2005 with only 8 first place votes), and I’m guessing it’s darn near impossible for a closer to get that recognition anymore. Congratulations Guillermo Hernandez! 

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame) 

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