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Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer win 2017 Cy Young Awards

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Indians starter Corey Kluber won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. It’s Kluber’s second Cy Young Award, having also won it in 2014.

Kluber, 31, led all of baseball with 18 wins, a 2.25 ERA, a 0.869 WHIP, and a 7.36:1 K:BB ratio. He also struck out 265 batters and walked only 36 in 203 2/3 innings. In doing so, Kluber helped the Indians win 102 games, including 22 wins in a row from August 24 to September 14. The Indians were ultimately stopped in the ALDS by the Yankees in five games.

Kluber received 28 of 30 first-place votes, as well as two second-place votes. Chris Sale of the Red Sox, who finished in second place, had two first-place votes and 28 second-place votes. Third-place finisher Luis Severino of the Yankees had 20 third-place votes. Also receiving votes were Carlos Carrasco of the Indians, Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Astros, Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox, Ervin Santana of the Twins, and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays.

In the National League, Nationals starter Max Scherzer took home the hardware for the second year in a row and the third time in his career. He’s the first pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards since Clayton Kershaw in 2013-14.

Scherzer, 33, led the National League with 268 strikeouts and a 0.902 WHIP. He also went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and walked only 55 across 200 2/3 innings.

Scherzer received 27 of 30 first-place votes, as well as three second-place votes. Kershaw finished in second place with three first-place votes, 25 second place votes, and one third-place vote. The Nats’ Stephen Strasburg finished in third place with one second-place vote and 23 third-place votes. Also receiving votes were the Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen and Alex Wood, the Nats’ Gio Gonzalez, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, and the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.