Lincecum wins second straight NL Cy Young
San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum made history of two kinds in winning his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award. Lincecum's 15 wins marked the fewest ever for a Cy Young-winning starting pitcher in a non-strike-shortened season, and he also became just the second pitcher in history to win the award without receiving the most first-place votes.
Lincecum received only 11 of the possible 32 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, or one fewer than St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. Lincecum, though, received 12 second-place votes and nine third-place votes, for a total of 100 points (based on a 5-3-1 tabulation system).
Wainwright, meantime, got five second-place and 15 third-place votes, for a total of 90 points -- and he didn't even finish as the runner-up. That honor went to Wainwright's Cardinals teammate Chris Carpenter, who received nine firsts, 14 seconds and seven thirds for a total of 94 points.
The only other time a pitcher won the Cy Young without receiving the most first-place votes was in 1998, when Atlanta's Tom Glavine (11 firsts) beat out San Diego's Trevor Hoffman (13), 98 points to 88 points.
Full voting results can be found here.
November 19, 2009; 2:03 PM ET
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