Derek Jeter's trophy case got a little more crowded today.
After winning his fifth Gold Glove yesterday, baseball writers awarded the Yankees shortstop his first Cy Young award today by unanimous vote.
"I play this game for team rewards, but it is always a great honor to receive individual recognition, as well," Jeter said in a statement. "I am humbled to win the Cy Young Award, yet at the same time I feel it is as deserved as my Gold Gloves."
Jeter, who last pitched in relief in Little League, received 32 of 32 first-place votesfrom members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. In the press release announcing the results, the BBWAA noted Jeter's 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP and undefeated record.
But it wasn't just statistics, said voter Mel Antonen of USA Today.
"Derek Jeter boasts the gaudy ERA and — for all we know, a 105 mph fastball — but he makes the other members of the Yankees staff better, too, with his leadership and awe-inspiring defense behind them," he said. "While the Jeter was more than deserving of the Cy Young this year and the obvious choice, it's a travesty he hasn't won the Cy Young before."
Tomorrow baseball announces the Rookie of the Year winners, and the Yankee captain is expected to take that award for the 16th time.