C.C. Gets the Cy

Sabathia wins A.L. Cy Young over Beckett on strength of innings pitched
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Nov 13, 2007 11:26 PM CST
Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia laughs with his teammates during practice before Game 4 of the American League Championship baseball series agianst the Boston Red Sox in Cleveland, in this Oct....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Leviathan Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia won the 2007 A.L. Cy Young Award, edging out 20-game winner Josh Beckett of Boston, to whom he lost twice in the playoffs. Sabathia led the majors in innings pitched with 241, and became the first African-American pitcher to win the award since Dwight Gooden in 1985. I definitely thought it would be close and I definitely thought Josh Beckett could have won it. I'm glad it worked out this way," he said.

Sabathia, 6'7", 290 pounds, will be a free agent after the 2008 season. His pitching coach gushed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his improved poise: "When his emotions get away from him, he tends to overthrow. Now when he can control all that, he can throw any pitch at any time."