Scott Boras just made his annual tour of the lobby here at the Winter Meetings. It’s all rather silly, of course. He’s the biggest agent in the game and dozens of reporters crowd around him and hang on his every word. So you’d think that, at some point, he’d just hold an actual press conference where everyone could hear him and people could ask questions in an orderly fashion.
That doesn’t happen, of course. Probably because Major League Baseball doesn’t want to give him some sort of official imprimatur. Probably because he rather likes people crowding around him like he’s a rock star. So, every year, we get Scott Boras strutting around the place, the scrum in hot pursuit.
But maybe the silliest stuff about it is not the overall vibe, but the actual things he says. Things like this, which he said about an hour ago:
That’s not quite to the level of his infamous Oliver Perez/Sandy Koufax comp, but it’s up there.
Astros starter Justin Verlander was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner. Teammate Gerrit Cole finished in a close second place at 159 points. Charlie Morton finished third at 75 points, Shane Bieber fourth at 64, Lance Lynn fifth at 18, Eduardo Rodríguez and Lucas Giolito sixth at eight, and Mike Minor eighth at seven.
Verlander, 36, won the AL Cy Young Award (and AL MVP Award) in 2011 with the Tigers). He and Cole became the first pair of teammates to finish first and second on the ballot for the AL Cy Young Award. Four NL teammates accomplished the feat: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001 and ’02, Don Newcomb and Sal Maglie in 1956, and Mike Marshall and Andy Messersmith in 1974.
During the regular season, Verlander led all starting pitchers in wins (21), games started (34), innings pitched (223), and WHIP (0.803). He also compiled a 2.58 ERA with a 300/42 K/BB ratio. Along with a 300-strikeout season, Verlander achieved other milestones, including reaching 3,000 strikeouts for his career and 200 career postseason strikeouts (an all-time record).
2019 was not without controversy for Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, as he had a well-publicized disagreement with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He tried to have Fenech barred from the clubhouse during media availability despite the collective bargaining agreement ensuring access to BBWAA-credentialed reporters. It was one of many Astros-related scandals in 2019.
Verlander is the first Astro to win the Cy Young Award since Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) also won the award back when the Astros were in the National League.