The Cincinnati Reds have never had a Cy Young Award winner in the history of the franchise. Perhaps they would have if the award had existed as long as the game had, but it wasn’t created until 1956, and it wasn’t until 1967 that the award went out to a player in each league. The Reds have come close a few times, with Tom Seaver (1981), Mario Soto (1983), Danny Jackson (1988), Pete Schourek (1995), and Johnny Cueto (2014) all finishing in second place. Today Trevor Bauer changed all of that as he was named as the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner.
Trevor Bauer led the National League in ERA, WHIP, batting average against, hits allowed per 9-innings pitched, shutouts, and ERA+. He also finished second in the league in strikeouts and strikeouts per 9-innings pitched. As a fun little side note, Trevor Bauer’s 276 ERA+ is easily the best in franchise history for qualified starting pitchers (of course in a 60-game season it’s easier to do than in a 162 game season). Only Ted Abernathy, a reliever on the 1967 Reds, had a better ERA+. He threw 106.0 innings that season with a 1.27 ERA and an ERA+ of 299.
With all of the ballots in, Trevor Bauer got 27 of the 30 first place votes. He received three second place votes. There were 30 votes – two from each city that has a National League team. The three voters who gave Bauer second place votes were Gordon Wittenmyer (Darvish 1st, NBC Sports Chicago), John Perrotto (Darvish 1st, USA Today), and AJ Cassavell (Darvish 1st, MLB.com). Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com were the two Cincinnati writers who got a vote this year, and both vote for Bauer as their selection. You can see the entire voting breakdown here.
In the end, the voting wasn’t close. Trevor Bauer had 27 of the 30 first place votes and 201 total “points”. Yu Darvish landed the other three first place votes and had a total of 123 points. No one else topped 89 points.