Mariners ace Felix Hernandez moved a step closer Tuesday to his second career Cy Young Award when cited as one of three finalists by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The others are Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber and Chicago lefty Chris Sale. The winner will be announced Nov. 12 on MLB Network.
“To be a finalist for the Cy Young Award is great,” said Hernandez, who previously the award in 2010. “That’s what we work for every year, to be one of the best.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work that I put in during the offseason, and it is great to be mentioned as one of the best pitchers in the American League.”
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The BBWAA announced three finalists for each of its awards. Voting on all awards took place prior to the start of postseason by a 30-person panel in each league. Each panel consisted of two BBWAA members from each league city.
Hernandez is seeking to sweep the three major AL pitching awards. He was previously honored by his peers with a Players Choice Award, and by AL executives with The Sporting News’ award.
Other BBWAA award finalists:
*AL Most Valuable Player: Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez and Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout.
*National League MVP: Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton
*NL Cy Young: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto, Los Angeles right-hander Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright.
*AL Rookie of the Year: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu, New York pitcher Dellin Betances and Los Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker.
*NL Rookie of the Year: New York pitcher Jacob deGrom, Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton and St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong.
*AL Manager of the Year: Los Angeles’ Mike Scioscia, Baltimore’s Buck Showalter and Kansas City’s Ned Yost.
*NL Manager of the Year: San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy, Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle and Washington’s Matt Williams.