Dodgers ace Julio Urias finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting, but he finished first in another award. For the second straight year, Urias received the Warren Spahn Award as MLB’s best left-handed pitcher.
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias was just named the winner of the Warren Spahn Award, given to MLB's best lefty each season.
Second straight year he's won the award. Fifth player to win it multiple times.
— Jacob Unruh (@jacobunruh) December 13, 2022
Presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Spahn Award honors, you guess it, Warren Spahn, who won 363 games in his 21-year career despite missing three seasons for military service during World War II. Spahn spent most of his career with the Boston and then Milwaukee Braves before splitting his final season between the Mets and the Giants in 1965. He won the 1957 Cy Young Award and finished second three other times and third once.
The Spahn Award has been given since 1999, and Urias becomes the fifth player to win it multiple times and the fourth to win it in consecutive seasons. Randy Johnson won the first four awards in 1999-2002; Johan Santana won in 2004 and 2006; CC Sabathia won three straight from 2007-09; and Clayton Kershaw won it in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2017. Kershaw is the only Dodger other than Urias to win the award, although former Dodger Hyun-Jin Ryu won it in 2020 with Toronto and probably should have won it in 2019 with Los Angeles.
Urias was 17-7 with a league-leading 2.16 ERA in 2022, after going 20-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 2021. He’s heading into his final season before free agency this year, hoping to lead the Dodgers to another World Series title. Despite spending seven seasons in MLB already, Julio is just 26 years old and figures to be pretty popular on the free-agent market next offseason.
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