CLEVELAND- Great news for two Indians’ players. Pitcher Corey Kluber has been named a finalist for the 2014 Cy Young Award; and outfielder Michael Brantley has been named a finalist for Most Valuable Player.
Each was announced Tuesday night on the MLB Network as one of the top three vote getters for the BBWAA awards.
Kluber, 28, is coming off a stellar season on the hill. He went 18-9 with a 2.44 era in 34 starts. He was tied for first in the league in wins and starts, and second in strikeouts, plus 3rd in ERA.
Brantley, 27, earned a trip to the All Star game for the first time in his career, and set career bests in virtually every offensive category. He became the first Indian in history to amass 200 hits, 45 plus doubles, 20 plus homers, 20 plus stolen bases in the 114-year history of the ballclub. He finished 3rd in hitting in the American League with a .327 average and 45 doubles. He is vying to become the first Indians A.L. MVP since Al Rosen in 1953.
We will know who wins the Cy Young Award on Nov. 12; the MVP will be named Nov. 13.
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