Kluber wins Feller Man of the Year Award

BY foxsports • November 23, 2014

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has named AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber as the Bob Feller Man of the Year.

It is the third straight year a pitcher has been honored as the Indians Most Valuable Player. Vinnie Pestano won it in 2012 and Justin Masterson in '13.

Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 earned run average, is the fourth Cy Young winner in franchise history, joining Gaylord Perry (1972), C.C. Sabathia (2007) and Cliff Lee (2008). The Indians are the first team since the Blue Jays (1996-2003) to have three different Cy Young Award winners within an eight-year span.

The right-hander was tied for first in the American League in wins and starts (34), second in strikeouts (269) and third in ERA and innings pitched (235 2/3). He also joined Feller (1946) and Luis Tiant (1968) as the only pitchers in team history to post 18 wins, a sub-2.50 ERA and at least 260 strikeouts.

Michael Brantley, who made his first All-Star team and finished third in AL MVP voting, also received plenty of consideration. Brantley was second in the AL in hits (200) and third in batting average (.327) and doubles (45).

Since the chapter started naming a team MVP in 1946, there have been only five cases of co-MVPs, including 1952 when three shared the award. The last instance was 1999, when Robbie Alomar and Manny Ramirez both finished tied for third in AL MVP balloting.

The chapter has also named manager Terry Francona as this year's recipient of the Frank Gibbons/Steve Olin Good Guy Award for his dealings with the media. Francona is the fifth manager to receive it since it was started in 1968, joining Alvin Dark, Mike Hargrove, Joel Skinner and Manny Acta.