BOSTON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – Boston Red Sox right-handeder Rick Porcello was named the 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
At 22-4 (.846), Porcello led the majors in wins and ranked second in winning percentage behind Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (.882, 15-2). The 27-year-old became the 17th pitcher ever to win as many as 22 games in a season for the Red Sox, the first to do so since Martinez went 23-4 in 1999. Porcello began the season with a 20-3 record, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win at least 20 of his first 23 decisions.
Porcello’s honor is the seventh Cy Young Award in Red Sox history. Porcello is only the fourth Boston pitcher to earn the honor, joining Jim Lonborg (1967), Roger Clemens (1986, 1987, 1991), and Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000). He received eight of 30 first-place votes and totaled 137 points, finishing ahead of Detroit’s Justin Verlander (132 points) and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (98 points).
After going 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA for the Red Sox in 2015, Porcello led the majors in 2016 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.91 and ranked among American League leaders in ERA (5th, 3.15), WHIP (2nd, 1.01), innings pitched (4th, 223.0), opponent batting average (6th, .230), strikeouts (8th, 189), complete games (T-3rd, 3), and walks per nine innings (2nd, 1.29). His 26 quality starts were the second-most in the American League, as well as the second-most by any Red Sox pitcher in the live ball era (since 1920), trailing only Roger Clemens’ 27 in 1990.
The Red Sox went 25-8 in Porcello’s career-high 33 starts, including 17-3 in his final 20 outings. He was 8-0 during a stretch of 13 starts from May 22-July 29, the longest win streak of his career. In 17 starts against American League East opponents, Porcello was 11-2 with a 3.28 ERA (43 ER/118.0 IP) and a 7.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Each of his final 10 outings against the division was a quality start (beginning June 28), as he went 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA (21 ER/72.0 IP) in those games.
BOSTON – (Staff report from Official News Release) – Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts received the 2016 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field, Rawlings announced tonight on ESPN. The Gold Glove honors the best defenders at each position in each league. Major League managers and coaches, voting only within their league and unable to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process; the Sabermetrics community accounts for the other 25 percent.
This marks the first career Gold Glove Award for Betts, who led American League outfielders with a .997 fielding percentage, committing only one error in 361 total chances. At only 24 years old, he is the youngest Red Sox player to win a Gold Glove Award at any position since Fred Lynn earned the honor in 1975 as a 23-year-old outfielder.
According to FanGraphs, Betts’ 32 defensive runs saved in 2016 were 10 more than any other player at any position. He was a part of four double plays—tied for most among major league outfielders—and recorded 14 assists, second-most among right fielders behind only Adam Eaton (15). The only other Red Sox player since 1960 to record as many as 14 assists as a right fielder is Dwight Evans, who reached that total four times.
Voted the starting right fielder in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, Betts made each of his 157 regular-season starts at the position, more than any other major leaguer this season. He also led all right fielders in innings (1,381.2) and putouts (346) in 2016.
This is the 44th Gold Glove Award in Red Sox history—earned by 21 different players—since the award’s inception in 1957. Betts is the 10th Red Sox player to win a Gold Glove Award as an outfielder, joining Shane Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ellis Burks, Dwight Evans, Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith, Jackie Jensen, and Jimmy Piersall.
The Red Sox have earned at least one Gold Glove Award in seven of the last 12 seasons (since 2005), totaling 10 awards in that time. Prior to Betts, the club’s last honoree was Dustin Pedroia in 2014.
PHOENIX – (wire Service Report) – The Arizona Diamondbacks will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their new manager, according to multiple reports. Lovullo, 51, has spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox as manager John Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo served a 49-game stint as Boston’s interim manager during the 2015 season when Farrell went on medical leave to undergo treatment for lymphoma. Under Lovullo, the Red Sox went 28-21. Lovullo returned to his job as bench coach in 2016 and the Red Sox won the American League East.
Lovullo was at the top of the Diamondbacks’ list as soon as general manager Mike Hazen was hired in mid-October. Hazen was general manager of the Red Sox but did not have final say over baseball operations with Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations. Hazen replaced Dave Stewart, who was fired by Arizona at the end of the season along with manager Chip Hale. Hazen had been with Boston since 2006 and was on the staff of two World Series championship teams in 2007 and 2013.
Primarily a second baseman, Lovullo played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues from 1988-99. He retired from playing after spending the 2000 season with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Lovullo started his minor league managing career in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2002. His record as a minor league manager was 661-609.
The Diamondbacks have scheduled a press conference on Monday to introduce Lovullo.