Randy Johnson won his record-tying fourth straight National League Cy Young Award yesterday, a unanimous pick over Arizona teammate Curt Schilling.
Johnson received all 32 first-place votes and 160 points from a panel of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was his fifth Cy Young Award, one short of Roger Clemens's record.
"The big picture, obviously, is to get to the World Series," Johnson said. "If you remain consistent and have a good year, it's kind of a bonus. This has come from maintaining consistency, hard work and dedication, and my teammates being very supportive offensively, defensively and in the bullpen."
Johnson and Greg Maddux (1992-95) are the only pitchers to win four straight Cy Young Awards, and Johnson is the NL's first unanimous winner since Maddux in 1995. Johnson and Schilling became the first pitchers to finish 1-2 in Cy Young voting in consecutive years.
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 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win pitching's triple crown.
Johnson led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time and became the first pitcher to reach 300 in five straight seasons. He also led the majors in innings (260) and complete games (eight), and led the NL in opponents' batting average (.208).
At 39 years 2 months, Johnson is the fourth-oldest pitcher to win a Cy Young, trailing Gaylord Perry (40), Early Wynn (39) and Clemens (39). Johnson does not know how much time he has left in the major leagues.
"That really is a question no one has the answer for," he said.
Bowling Green Player Dies
A female freshman player at Bowling Green died at an Ohio hospital after collapsing five minutes into a game at the school.
Leslie Dawley was away from the action when she fell during a Mid-American Conference tournament game against Buffalo. Trainers rushed onto the field and tried to revive the 18-year-old.
Teammates covered her with jackets before she was taken by ambulance to Wood County Hospital, where she died, nursing supervisor Mary Davis said. Davis said she did not know what caused Dawley's death. She said an autopsy would be done in the next few days. . . .
Midfielder Eddie Lewis, a member of the U.S. World Cup team, set up the first goal and scored the second as Preston North End beat Birmingham City, 2-0, in the third round of England's League Cup. . . .
Mick McCarthy resigned after 61/2 years as coach of Ireland's national team, unable to escape the fallout from his feud with star midfielder Roy Keane.
Counterfeiter Is Charged
A Baltimore man has been charged in a Virginia Tech ticket-counterfeiting scheme.
Virginia Tech police arrested William A. Thornton Jr., 39, Saturday and charged him with three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. He was arrested in a campus parking lot during the Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh game, Virginia Tech Police Chief Debra Duncan said. Thornton was released on a $10,000 bond. . . .
Jose Canseco and his twin brother Ozzie pleaded guilty in Miami to charges they beat up two men in a nightclub fight, agreeing to probation and community service but avoiding prison time.
Jose Canseco, the 1988 American League most valuable player, retired in May.
Xtra Heat Is Sold
Champion filly Xtra Heat, who failed to sell at auction Sunday in Kentucky, was purchased privately by a partnership that approached the owners after the sale. The 4-year-old filly sold for "well over $1 million," said trainer John Salzman, who co-owned the horse with Harry Deitchman and Kenneth Taylor.
The new owners, which race under the name ClassicStar, plan to leave Xtra Heat in the hands of Salzman at Laurel Park for at least 90 days.