MLB

Darvish 2nd, Iwakuma 3rd, Uehara 7th for Cy Young

Share This Story

   
 

NEW YORK (AP)

Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma and Koji Uehara teamed up for an exceptionally strong showing by Japanese pitchers in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second and Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners came in third Wednesday, marking the highest finishes for Japanese pitchers in any Cy Young competition. Uehara of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox was seventh.

Detroit ace Max Scherzer won the award.

''It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award,'' Darvish said in a statement. ''Both Max Scherzer and Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner.''

''I would like to thank my teammates, the entire Texas Rangers organization, and most of all, the fans, for their ongoing support. I look forward to the 2014 season and helping my team to achieve our goal: to bring a World Series championship to Texas,'' he said.

Darvish led the majors with 277 strikeouts. He went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA.

Until this year, the top Cy Young finishes for Japanese pitchers had been fourth place, by Hideo Nomo in the NL in 1995 and 1996, and by Daisuke Matsuzaka in the AL in 2008.

Takashi Saito, eighth in the 2006 NL balloting, and Darvish, who finished ninth last year, were the only other Japanese pitchers to receive Cy Young votes until this season.

Iwakuma was 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 185 strikeouts for the Mariners.

''It is such an honor to be one of the finalists for the best award as a pitcher. I had never thought I would become a finalist here in the U.S., so this is very special to me and is a big surprise,'' Iwakuma recently said in a statement.

Iwakuma said he's gradually started to prepare himself for the 2014 season. Next week, he plans to take part in a baseball clinic in Sendai and the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by a tsunami and earthquake.

''During this time of the year, I like to take my time to give back to the city I played for that supported me for many years and give spirit to the people and kids that dream about baseball,'' he said.

Uehara was the MVP of the AL championship series against Detroit. He closed out the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against St. Louis.

Uehara became Boston's closer only after injuries to other candidates. He went 4-1 with 21 saves and a 1.09 ERA in the regular season and was 1-1 with seven saves and a 0.66 ERA in the postseason.

The right-hander is among a few Japanese players to win major postseason awards in the U.S. major leagues. Hideki Matsui was the MVP of the 2009 World Series for the New York Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki was the 2001 AL MVP for the Mariners.

This week's voting came as many major league teams in the United States prepare to make bids for Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 for the Rakuten Eagles in the regular season and then closed out the clinching Game 7 of the Japan Series last weekend.

Tagged: Red Sox, Tigers, Mariners, Rangers, Max Scherzer, Koji Uehara

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



MLB Videos

Bautista talks Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Jose Bautista discusses Derek Jeter's career and his final appearance in the MLB...

Jeter honored to play in last All-Star Game Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Derek Jeter compares his first All-Star Game experience with his last, Mike Trou...

Matheny defends Wainwright: He's out there to compete Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Mike Matheny comments on the media's reaction to Adam Wainwright's joke about le...

SimLeague Baseball - Simulation Baseball Game

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Yankees/browse/featuredproduct/606363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_606000/ff_606363_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Yankees Practice T-Shirt - Ash
    Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/1064043/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1064000/ff_1064043_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB American League Champions Clubhouse Locker Room..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room T-Shirt - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067359/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067359_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room Pullover Hoodie - Steel http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067382/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067382_xl.jpg&w=100 54.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker R..
    New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Room 39THIRTY Flex Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1067785/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1067000/ff_1067785_xl.jpg&w=100 31.95 New Era San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Clubhouse Locker Ro..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068294/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068294_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Glory T-Shirt - Bl..
    Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice Performance Jersey - Black/Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/1068787/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1068000/ff_1068787_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Majestic San Francisco Giants 2012 MLB World Series Champions Batting Practice P..