Max Scherzer wins A.L. Cy Young Award, Yu Darvish finishes second

Brian Kersey

Yu Darvish finishes second in the A.L. Cy Young Award balloting

Max Scherzer has won the American League Cy Young Award, and Clayton Kershaw has won the National League Cy Young Award.  Both pitchers were considered heavy favorites for their league's honor.

Texas Ranger pitcher Yu Darvish finished second in the Cy Young balloting.  He joins Ferguson Jenkins as the only two Rangers pitchers to finish in the top two in the Cy Young Award balloting.

Scherzer received 28 first place votes, with Anibal Sanchez and Chris Sale each receiving one first place vote.  Hisashi Iwakuma finished third in the A.L. balloting.  In the National League, Adam Wainwright finished second, and Jose Fernandez finished third.

As a result of Darvish finishing 2nd, he will be able to void the 2017 season on his contract and become a free agent after 2016 if he either wins the Cy Young Award in the next three years, or finishes in the top four twice in the next three years.

UPDATE -- Now that the BBWAA website is back up, we see that Darvish got 19 second place votes, 3 third place votes, 1 fourth place vote, and 6 fifth place votes.  Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News voted Darvish fifth, behind Scherzer, Iwakuma, Bartolo Colon, and Sanchez.

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