Gagne a leading Cy Young candidate

For the first time in a long time, a Cy Young Award might be handed to a reliever.

Updated: September 5, 2003, 7:52 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Commenting on the National League Cy Young Award in the July 26 edition of Baker's Dozen, I wrote, "For the first time in a long time, a Cy Young Award might be handed to a reliever. What is more surprising, the reliever might actually deserve it."

I have never been a big fan of giving closers consideration beyond their due -- their due being the Rolaids award. To my mind, closers simply don't play enough to warrant consideration ahead of those who are out on the field on a regular basis. An MVP Award? No doggone way! A Cy Young Award? Maybe -- but only in cases where a clear-cut starting candidate has not come to the fore.


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