Yankees: The Last Time NYY Brought Home the 4 Major MLB Awards
By Scott Roche
Cy Young Award: Roger Clemens (2001)
Roger Clemens anchored the Yankees rotation in impressive fashion.
The Rocket was acquired in 1999 from the Toronto Blue Jays and won two rings with the Yankees. He was a top-of-the-rotation starter during his time in the Bronx, with 2001 serving as his best season with the team.
He won 20 of his first 21 decisions, with his only loss in the span coming to the Seattle Mariners in May. He won his next 16 decisions and didn’t lose again until Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Devils Rays. His stats during the summer run in 2001 are just mind-blowing.
After the loss to the Mariners, he pitched another 132 innings over the next four months allowing 46 earned runs, 125 hits, maintaining a 3.14 ERA, and striking out 129 batters. He beat every AL East team at least once and every AL Central team, except the Minnesota Twins, who he shut out with eight scoreless innings in April that year.
He finished the season at 20-3 with a 3.52 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 220.1 innings pitched and had a 5.7 WAR. He was a runaway winner for the award as he cruised by Mark Mulder of the Oakland Athletics with 21 of the 28 first-place votes.
In the 2001 ALDS, Mulder out-dueled Clemens in Game 1, but Clemens and Yankees won a deciding Game 5. He had a no-decision in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Mariners, before winning Game 3 of the World Series over the Arizona Diamondbacks, before getting a no-decision in a Game 7 loss on the road.
Coming up short in the postseason hurts, especially with what the country went through that September, but it doesn’t take away from the ridiculous regular-season Clemens had in the Bronx that summer.