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Cliff Lee Named AL Pitcher Of The Year

Cliff Lee Named AL Pitcher Of The Year Cliff Lee Named AL Pitcher Of The Year
Cleveland's Cliff Lee and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum are the best pitchers of 2008, according to their peers.  The announcement of the 2008 Players Choice Award winners for Outstanding Pitcher in the National League and American League was made today on Yahoo!Sports in the first of a series of Internet specials highlighting outstanding performances of Major League baseball players during the 2008 season, both on an off the field.

Lee bounced back from a shaky 2007 season and simply dominated opponents all season long.  Going 22-3, he finished tied for most wins in the Majors and posted a full-season, career-best ERA of 2.54.  He also totaled career-bests in strikeouts (170) and innings pitched (223.1) while earning the role of starter in his first-ever All-Star game appearance.

In 2008, Lincecum established himself as one of the premiere young pitchers in the Majors. In just his first full season, he posted an 18-5 record and an ERA of 2.62, both second best in the NL.   His impressive start to the season earned him a spot on the NL All-Star team, and after the break he continued his dominance and finished the season with a Major League-best 265 strikeouts in 227 innings of work.

Players Choice Awards annually recognize the best player, pitcher, rookie and comeback player in each league.  The Player of the Year and Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards bestow top honors without regard to league.  Balloting of all Major League players for the Players Choice Awards was conducted in September under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
       
Each 2008 Players Choice Award winner will recommend the charity of his choice to receive a grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust.  Since 1992, the Players Trust has contributed more than $3.25 million dollars to charities around the world in honor of Players Choice Award winners.

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