Tuesday, November 16, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 17
Big Unit has Cy Young in NL, too
Johnson: Forget wins and losses, forget ERA, this was a career year
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson got a lot
more support from Cy Young voters than he did from
the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Looking past a won-lost record that wasn't nearly
as good as Mike Hampton's, baseball writers made
the Big Unit only the second pitcher to win a Cy
Young Award in each league, giving his a large victo-
ry yesterday in voting for the National League prize.
"I'd like to think this award isn't solely based on
wins and losses," said Johnson, 17-9 with a 2.48
ERA. "There was a lot more to the season I had than
wins and losses. Quite honestly, I feel still this was
the best year I had in my career."
He received 20 first-place votes, 11 seconds and
one third for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball
Writers' Association of America.
Hampton, who went 22-4 for Houston and led the
NL in wins, was second with I1 first-place votes, 17
seconds and four thirds for 110 points. Atlanta's
Kevin Millwood was third with one first, four sec-
onds and 18 thirds for 36 points.
"I don't think the voters could have gone wrong
picking either of the three," Johnson said.
Looking past his record, Johnson was dominating.
The 6-foot-10 left-hander led the major leagues
with 12 complete games and 364 strikeouts in 271 2-
He was 19 short of the strikeout record set by
Nolan Ryan in 1973, winding up with the fourth-
highest single-season total, and struck out 10 or more
23 times, matching the record Ryan set with the
California Angels in 1973.
"The one thing that was the least in his control was
the wins and losses," Diamondbacks manager Buck
Showalter said. "Scoring runs and catching the base-
ball, t's the thing he couldn't control, Thank goodness
people realized that."
Arizona scored just 11 runs in his nine losses. and
he left four games with leads the bullpen failed to
From June 25-July 10, Johnson had a stretch of
four starts in which his team was shut out. He allowed
just six runs during that stretch, but Arizona got only
six hits - the Diamondbacks were no-hit by the
Cardinals' Jose Jimenez, one-hit by Cincinnati, two-
hit by St. Louis and three-hit by Oakland.
"I didn't dwell on it," Johnson said. "I never com-
plained about anything because I realized it was part
of the game and sometimes whatever goes around
Johnson had a 1.41 ERA in those games, but his
record dropped from 9-3 to 9-7.
"Sometimes I've pitched extremely well and the
opposing pitcher has pitched that much better,"
Johnson said. "I have respectable numbers outside the
won-loss record. Unfortunately, people look at the
won-lost record and evaluate the year or your career
on that, and it's not really fair sometimes."
Johnson, 36, joined Gaylord Perry as the only
pitchers to win Cy Youngs in each league. The Big
Unit won the AL Cy Young with Seattle in 1995;
Perry won with Cleveland in 1972 and with San
Diego in 1978.
"To win this award in both leagues is quite an
accomplishment," Johnson said. "I'm going out on a
limb but I'm assuming Pedro Martinez will win
tomorrow. It will be myself and Pedro and Gaylord
Perry. That's great company.
Martinez, who won it for Montreal in 1997, went
23-4 with a 2.07 ERA for the Boston Red Sox this
Johnson, who earned a $250,000 bonus for win-
ning the award, became only the second pitcher since
1991 to break the hold by Atlanta's Greg Maddux,
Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.
This imposing sight is one of the main reasons Randy Johnson became the second
pitcher ever to win the Cy Young in both leagues.
Hokies second in lastest BCS
Michigan 10th, behind Big Ten champ Wisconsin which is seventh
Virginia Tech is No. 2 and could-
n't be happier - at least for now.
The Hokies moved into second
place .in the Bowl Championship
Series standings on Monday, behind
Prida State and ahead of up-and-
A week ago, Tennessee pulled in
front of Virginia Tech and into sec-
ond place even though the Hokies
were undefeated and the Volunteers
had a loss. Hokie fans were hopping
mad about it, too.
But Arkansas knocked off the
Vols 28-24 on Saturday, and
Virginia Tech (9-0) is second behind
rida State (10-0) in the weekly
The final BCS standings, on Dec.
5, will determine which teams play
in college football's designated
national title game - the Sugar
Bowl on Jan. 4.
The standings are based on a for-
mula that considers The Associated
Press media poll and the USA
Today/ESPN coaches' poll, eight
f puter rankings, sngth-of-sched-
Florida State and Virginia Tech
are 1-2 in both polls.
Nebraska (9-I) jumped from sixth
to third place with its 41-15 win
over Kansas State and trails the
Hokies by 2.4 points. Florida State
leads Virginia Tech by 3.66 points.
Florida (9-1) is in fourth place,
.59 points behind Nebraska, fol-
lowed by Tennessee, Alabama,
Wisconsin, Kansas State, Texas and
Florida State, which plays at
Florida on Saturday in what
becomes a title-elimination game,
had the same total as last week, 2.64
points - I for poll average, I for
computer rank average, 0.64 for
strength-of-schedule, and zero for
losses. The Seminoles beat
Maryland 49-10 on Saturday.
Virginia Tech, a 43-10 winner
over Miami, had 6.30 points - 2 for
poll average, 2.14 for computer rank
average, 2.16 for strength-of-sched-
ule and zero for losses.
Nebraska had 8.70 points - 4 for
poll average, 2.86 for computer rank
average, 0.84 for strength-of-sched-
ule and I for losses.
Virginia Tech could be hurt by a
weak schedule. The Hokies play the
54th toughest schedule of the 114 1-
A teams, while the Seminoles'
schedule is rated 16th, the Huskers'
21st and the Gators' 25th.
If Florida State beats Florida, the
Seminoles will play in the title
game a second year in a row. But if
Virginia Tech beats Temple on
Saturday and Boston College on
Nov. 26, there's a chance the Gators
or Huskers - or both - could still
slip past the Hokies in the stand-
A Florida win on Saturday, plus a
win in the SEC title game might be
enough to boost the Gators ahead of
Tech; a Nebraska victory over
Colorado and in the Big 12 title
game against No. 6 Texas - the
only team to defeat the Huskers -
could move the Big Red ahead.
The Seminoles are first in seven
computer ratings; Nebraska is first
in the other - the Dunkel Index.
Virginia Tech is second on six com-
puters; third on one; and fifth on the
other - the Seattle Times. The BCS
considers only the top seven com-
The Seminoles are No. I in the BCS because they have been crushing opponents the way they're crushing Maryland's Tony
Jackson here in-their 49-10 victory over the Terrapins last Saturday.