Trevor Bauer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner for the 2020 season on Wednesday evening.
For the first time in franchise history, a Cincinnati Reds pitcher earned the award, which has been given to the most outstanding pitcher since 1956. Bauer received 27 first-place votes while Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish collected the remaining three. The nine-year veteran made 11 starts and won five while leading the NL with a 1.73 earned run average.
Bauer also threw two complete-game shutouts, both of which were seven-inning matchups in which he allowed two hits or less and struck out at least seven. He struck out a total of 100 in the shortened season.
The 29-year-old finished sixth in the American League Cy Young voting just two seasons ago with the Cleveland Indians. He pitched to a 12-6 record with a 2.21 ERA, striking out 221 batters.
The next step for Bauer is to figure out where he will show off his well-earned hardware. He declined the one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer extended by the Reds and is currently a free agent.
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