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Sabathia, Lee and (almost) Lincecum

Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:16 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2008 3:35 pm
 

The Indians had CC Sabathia, who won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award.

They have Cliff Lee, just announced as the winner of the 2008 AL Cy Young.

They almost had Tim Lincecum, who earlier this week won the 2008 National League Cy Young.

When Lincecum was a draft-eligible sophomore at the University of Washington in 2005, the Indians gambled on him with a 42nd-round pick. Lincecum didn't sign, but one Indians official said this week that the final gap in the negotiations came down to just $300,000. Lincecum went back to school, and it worked out for him. The Giants took him 10th overall, and gave him a $2.025 million bonus.

Not even a year later, Lincecum was in the big leagues. Two years later, he was a Cy Young winner.

Lee's path to the Cy Young wasn't nearly as smooth. Acquired by the Indians from Montreal in the 2002 Bartolo Colon trade, he became an 18-game winner in 2005. Lee then became a minor leaguer in 2007, after going 5-8 with a 6.38 ERA in his first 16 starts.

He had to compete for a job in spring training 2008, but by the end of April he was 5-0 with an 0.96 ERA, and he was well on the way to the Cy Young.

So now it's two straight Cy Youngs for the Indians, who before 2007 had won just one of them in their history (Gaylord Perry, 1972).

"Hopefully (Fausto) Carmona wins next year, and we can keep it in the Tribe," Lee said today.

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Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 5:15 pm
 

Sabathia, Lee and (almost) Lincecum

Lincecum is a great puitcher and all but he may be great right now but his wind up is eventually goonna destroy him. Cliff Lee isn't all that great of a pitcher either. He got sent to the minors for pete's sake. Sabathia is probably the best out of all of them. I doubt it very strongly that he will end up on the west coast. My prediction is that he will stay right with the Brewers. He even said that he enjoyed his time with the Brewers.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 2:06 am
 

Sabathia, Lee and (almost) Lincecum

This title of this pointless article is very misleading. It did manage to snag my attention. After reading this article I have come to a few conclusions. 1. Even if the Indians did managed to trick Lincecum into signing with them there is no guarantee that he would be as dominant for the Indians as he was for the Giants. Why do I say this? Well, the Giants made it a point not to mess with Lincecum's delivery. From what I have read about the Indians pitching philosophy it's "Do it our way or Don't do it for us" 2. Only one guy can win the AL Cy Young Award each year. Even if the Indians did not tinker with Lincecum's delivery and he managed to dominate the AL this year only he or Lee can win the award, but not both. The author of this article makes it sound like the Indians would have had 3 straight Cy Young winners in Sabathia,  Lee, and Lincecum. A better argument would have been that the Indians lefty pitchers have won two straight Cy Young awards and the logical question is which lefty starter on the Indians will win it next year? Zach Jackson or Jeremy Sowers?



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 1:47 am
 

Sabathia, Lee and (almost) Lincecum

I agree. That guy is definitely insane. I would not be surprised if Cliff Lee stinks up the place next season. Lee is a mediocre pitcher at best. If a guy had trouble making the Indians team that doesn't say much about him.


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