Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara was named the National League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday. The 27-year old went 14-9 with a 2.28 ERA last season for the Marlins. He pitched a major league-best 228-2/3rds innings and had six complete games. He is the first Miami pitcher to receive the award.
39-year old Justin Verlander won the American League Cy Young for the third time. Verlander led the majors with a 1.79 ERA, the lowest of his 18-year career. He went 18-4 after missing most of the previous two seasons after Tommy John surgery.
Verlander and Alcantara were unanimous winners for just the second time in baseball history. Bob Gibson of St. Louis and Denny McLain of Detroit were the other duo in 1968.
The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has announced the out-of-town scoreboard will return to the Clemente Wall in right field of PNC Park in 2023. The scoreboard was removed last season in favor of ad space, but it was a move that did not sit well with fans. PNC Park became one of the few MLB ballparks without such a scoreboard as a result.