Blue Jay hurler Ray wins AL Cy Young Award

Empty stadium at Rogers Centre. (Photo courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays via Twitter.)

The Toronto Blue Jays’ ace now has a new accolade to add to his mantel.

Starting pitcher Robbie Ray was announced as the American League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Ray received a total of 207 points with 29 first-place votes. Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees finished second with 123 points, and Lance Lynn of the Chicago White Sox was third with 48 points.

Also receiving votes were Nathan Eovaldi of the Boston Red Sox, and Carlos Rodon of the White Sox.

The hurler just completed his first season with the Jays, and he put up career numbers. He pitched 193 1/3 innings and led the American League with 248 strikeouts. His earned-run average was 2.84. He also boasted a low walk-per-game ratio, at 2.4 per nine innings.

The Tennessee-born Ray was chosen by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He made it up to the Jays’ “AA” minor-league affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before being traded to the Detroit Tigers after the 2013 season.

After the 2014 season in Detroit, Ray was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitched for them for five seasons, reaching the career 1,000-strikeout milestone while in Arizona. Near the end of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Ray was traded to Toronto with cash considerations for Travis Bergen.

Ray is the fourth Toronto Blue Jay to win the game’s highest honour for a pitcher, after Pat Hentgen, Roger Clemens, who won twice; and Roy Halladay.