February 26, 2024

There are now 22 players in the history of Major League Baseball to win multiple Cy Young Awards.

Blake Snell was named the 2023 NL Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday night, thanks to his superb season with the San Diego Padres.

The left-hander now joins elite company – 11 multi-time winners have a plaque in Cooperstown, while Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw will all be in the Hall of Fame when it’s said and done. 

Roger Clemens also has Hall of Fame numbers, and his seven awards are an all-time record, but his link to PEDs has kept him out of the Hall. 

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Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the sixth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park on September 19, 2023 in San Diego, California.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Snell is also just the seventh ever to win the award in both leagues – he won in 2018 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Snell’s 2.25 ERA was by far the lowest in not just the National League, but all of baseball. He did allow an MLB-high 99 walks, as well, but it was his insane ability to keep runners from scoring that canceled out that negative. 

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Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PETCO Park on September 21, 2022 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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On May 19, he allowed six earned runs in four innings, raising his ERA to 5.40. But in his final 23 outings, he allowed just 18 earned in 135 innings, good for a 1.20 ERA over that span. His 234 strikeouts were a career high and tied for the third-highest mark in baseball (second in NL). And his 11.7 K/9 was the second-highest in baseball behind Atlanta’s Spencer Strider.

Snell is the fifth Padre to win the award, joining Randy Jones, Gaylord Perry, Mark Davis, and Jake Peavy.

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Blake Snell #4 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the Spring Training Game against the Chicago White Sox at Peoria Stadium on March 11, 2023 in Peoria, Arizona. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Snell is now a free agent for the first time in his career, so he’s definitely going to be fielding some interesting offers.

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