BY Steve Rudman 01:31PM 01/22/2011

Wrong end of history

The Baseball Writers Association of America presented Felix Hernandez of the Mariners with the Cy Young award at a banquet in New York City Saturday night. Fernandez not only won the award with the fewest (13) wins in history, he …

The Baseball Writers Association of America presented Felix Hernandez of the Mariners with the Cy Young award at a banquet in New York City Saturday night. Fernandez not only won the award with the fewest (13) wins in history, he became the first pitcher from a 100-loss team to receive baseball’s most prestigious pitching prize. The following are the only pitchers since the inception of the Cy Young Award in 1956 to receive the plaque after playing on losing teams. They are ranked according to the team’s won-lost percentage.

Year Cy Young Winner Team Record Pct.
2010 Felix Hernandez (AL) Mariners 61-101 .377
1972 Steve Carlton (NL) Phillies 59-97 .378
2009 Zack Greinke (AL) Royals 65-97 .401
1976 Randy Jones (NL) Padres 69-93 .426
2008 Tim Lincecum (NL) Giants 72-90 .444
1996 Pat Hentgen (AL) Blue Jays 74-88 .457
1972 Gaylord Perry (AL) Indians 72-84 .462
1970 Bob Gibson (NL) Cardinals 76-86 .469
1997 Roger Clemens (AL) Blue Jays 76-86 .469
2006 Brandon Webb (NL) D-Backs 76-86 .469
1987 Roger Clemens (AL) Red Sox 78-84 .481
1992 Gregg Maddux (NL) Cubs 78-84 .481
1997 Pedro Martinez (NL) Expos 78-84 .481
1979 Bruce Sutter (NL) Cubs 80-82 .494
1987 Steve Bedrosian (NL) Phillies 80-82 .494

*Note that Roger Clemens is the only pitcher to twice win the Cy Young Award while pitching for losing clubs.


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