Think of all the great pitchers who have worn a Cincinnati Reds uniform in the past 64 years: Tom Seaver, Mario Soto, Johnny Cueto, José Rijo, Jim Maloney, Don Gullett, Bob Purkey, Gary Nolan, Clay Carroll, Jack Billingham and Randy Myers come to mind.
They all had excellent seasons throughout their careers, but none of them achieved what Trevor Bauer did on Wednesday. Bauer was named the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, the first pitcher in Reds history to earn the prestigious award.
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The Reds were one of four clubs without a Cy Young winner since the award was introduced in 1956. The other three teams, the Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins and Texas Rangers, have a much shorter history as newer additions to the league.
Bauer received 27 of the 30 first-place votes, winning in a landslide over finalists Yu Darvish (Chicago Cubs) and Jacob deGrom (New York Mets) to earn the award for the first time in his career. Bauer placed sixth in 2018 in the American League voting.
Cueto was second in the Cy Young voting in 2014 behind unanimous winner Clayton Kershaw. Soto was the last Reds pitcher to receive at least one first-place vote when he was runner-up to Philadelphia’s John Denny in 1983.
Winning a Cy…