Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Kansas City Royals All-Star starting pitcher Zack Greinke was awarded with the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, the award given to the best pitcher in the American League.

The Royals finished with a disappointing 65-97 record and tied for last place finish in the American League Central division in 2009, but the performance of their ace pitcher provided for a great spark of excitement in the Kansas City area.

Greinke finished the year with a 16-8 record and a miniscule 2.16 ERA. He earned 25 of the possible 28 first-place votes. The other pitchers receiving first-place votes were the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez (2) and the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander (1).

From kcroyals.com:

"Zack Greinke has always been a potentially tremendous talent and we were all fortunate to watch him perform this past year," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He was everything that he and all of us expected him someday to be."

Greinke, 26, became the third Cy Young winner in club history. Bret Saberhagen won in 1985 and 1989, and David Cone won in 1994.

Zack is set to get married to his long time girlfriend this coming Saturday.

You do work, Zack.

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