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Old 11-05-2002, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Big Unit wins 4th consecutive Cy Young Award

Big Unit wins 4th consecutive Cy Young Award

By Chuck Johnson, USA TODAY

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson won a record-tying fourth consecutive National League Cy Young Award, underscored by his first unanimous selection, in voting announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 6-foot-10 left-hander was first on all 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city for a maximum 160 points.

Johnson also won the American League Cy Young Award with the Seattle Mariners in 1995. His five awards are surpassed only by six-time winner Roger Clemens. (Related story: Johnson continues to defy Father Time)

''The big picture, obviously, is to get to the World Series,'' Johnson said between shots at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

''If you remain consistent and have a good year, it's kind of a bonus,'' he said, referring to the award. ''This has come from maintaining consistency, hard work and dedication, and my teammates being very supportive offensively, defensively and in the bullpen.''

In helping the Diamondbacks repeat as NL West champions, the Big Unit went 24-5 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts, becoming the first major leaguer since Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999 and the first NL player since the Mets' Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win pitching's triple crown.
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Old 11-05-2002, 11:34 PM   #2
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Not really a big suprise, since we all know Curt Schilling ain't going to win it.
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Old 11-05-2002, 11:36 PM   #3
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Congrats to the big guy! Looked like we might have had a race, if only Schilling hadn't faded off in September. But Johnson deserved it, none the less.

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He is the most dominant lefty since Koufax. The Big Unit is one of the best I've ever seen and he should find his way to Cooperstown soon after his retirement.
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