Tim Lincecum wins Cy Young Award
San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum won the 2008 Cy Young Award after the pitcher ranked second in the National League in victories and earned run average.
The slender kid with the spinning windup joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young.
“I have always taken pride in trying to strike people out,” Lincecum said on a conference call with reporters. “It’s one of those things that get me fired up.”
Arizona’s Brandon Webb, the 2006 winner of this award, finished second for the second straight year with 73 points, placing first on four ballots, second on 15 and third on eight others. New York’s Johan Santana received four first- place votes and was third with 55 points.
Drafted 10th overall out of Washington in 2006, Lincecum said his major league experience last season really helped him succeed this year. He also credited an improved changeup, which he threw more often after finding a comfortable grip.