Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander unanimously wins his third AL Cy Young Award

When Justin Verlander, then 39, returned to the Houston Astros in his first season following Tommy John elbow surgery, 

 he had one of his best seasons ever and won his third Cy Young Award.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America unanimously selected the right-hander as the American League Cy Young Award winner for 2022 on Wednesday.

Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox both received votes from all 30 voters, finishing second and third, respectively, in the voting.

Verlander, who also received the accolades in 2011 and 2019, is the 11th pitcher to win three or more Cy Young Awards. 

A record seven Cy Young Awards went to Roger Clemens.

Verlander had only tossed six innings since 2019, but in 2022, he trounced his rivals for 175 innings. 

His 1.75 ERA was the lowest by an AL pitcher in a full season since Pedro Martinez, who is now in the Hall of Fame, did it in 2000.

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