Corey Kluber was named the Cy Young Award winner for the 2014 season -- just the fourth Cleveland Indians pitcher ever. There's no doubt Kluber had one of the best seasons among Tribe pitchers, but where does he stack up with the rest in history?
Addie Joss, 1908
While the Hall Of Famer had had a career filled with achievements and accolades, the 1908 season was Joss's best, highlighted with a 0.806 WHIP, nine shutouts and 24 wins. Not only did he finish the season as the ERA champion (1.16 ERA), but he pitched a perfect game on October 2, which was the second ever recorded in MLB history.
Jim Bagby, 1920
Bagby's 31 wins in 1920 is an Indians record that will likely never be broken. He pitched in 48 games that season, compiling 339.2 innings and facing an impressive 1,355 batters. While he had a solid ERA (2.89) and WHIP (1.228), he only struck out 73 batters. Regardless, the appearances alone make it one of the most impressive seasons for an Indians pitcher.
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Known as the greatest pitcher in Cleveland Indians history, all of Bob Feller's seasons were pretty amazing. But none can top the year he had in 1940, when he led the league in wins (26), strikeouts (348) and pitched a no-hitter. He appeared in 48 games (42 starts), pitching 36 complete games and 10 shutouts. Feller finished the 1946 season with a 9.9 WAR and a career-low ERA of 2.18.
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Sam McDowell, 1965
Sudden Sam's breakout season was 1965, when he was named to his first of six All-Star teams. He was the ERA champion (2.18) and led the league in strikeouts (325), strikeouts per nine innings (10.7), hits per nine innings (5.9) and home runs per nine innings (0.3).
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Luis Tiant, 1968
A three-time All-Star, Tiant's breakout year was in 1968, which was also his best season statistically. In that season, he recorded 264 strikeouts and led the league in ERA (1.60), shutouts (nine, including four consecutive) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.22).
Gaylord Perry, 1972
In his first year with the Indians, Perry set the bar extremely high for himself -- pretty much as high as it gets. He won the Cy Young Award, leading the AL in wins (24) and complete games (29). He finished the season with five shutouts, a 1.92 ERA, 11.0 WAR, 0.978 WHIP and recorded 234 strikeouts.
Jose Mesa, 1995
Mesa still holds the record for the most saves by an Indians pitcher, 46, in 1995. Even more impressive, 38 of Mesa's saves that season were consecutive. He finished the year with a 1.13 ERA, 1.031 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. He was second in AL Cy Young voting, losing out to Mariners starter Randy Johnson.
C.C. Sabathia, 2007
Sabathia became the second Indians pitcher to ever win the Cy Young Award in 2007. That season, the lefty led the league in games started (34) and innings pitched (241), finishing with a 3.21 ERA (fifth-best in AL), four complete games and one shutout. Sabathia struck out 209 batters and had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.65).
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Cliff Lee, 2008
The 2008 season was the best year of Cliff Lee's career, his final full season with the Cleveland Indians. He started the season 6-0 and went on to win 19 of his first 21 games. He finished the season 22-3 with 2 shutouts and led the league in ERA (2.54), win-loss percentage (.880), FIP (2.83), home runs per nine innings (0.5) and walks per nine innings (1.4), earning him the Cy Young Award.
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Corey Kluber, 2014
Kluber went 18-9, tying Felix Hernandez -- who Kluber beat out for the Cy Young Award -- for the most AL wins. He had a 2.44 ERA in his first full major-league season and 269 strikeouts, two behind league leader David Price. Kluber is the fourth Cleveland Indian to ever win the Cy Young Award.