Cubs Kyle Hendricks voted the NL’s Pitcher of the Year by the MLBPA
CHICAGO – While time will tell if he will be named the best pitcher in the National League by the media, at least Kyle Hendricks has the vote of his peers.
On Wednesday night the Cubs pitcher was named the best in the league at the 2016 Players Choice Awards hosted by the MLB Network at their New York studios.
Hendricks was the National League pick while Red Sox starter Rick Porcello was the winner of the American League vote. This was one of a few awards given on the night by the MLB Players Association, which started this way to honor players in 1992 and also gives $4 million in grants to the charities of the players choice.
In his third season, Hendricks burst onto the national scene with an incredible season for the World Series champions. He was 16-8 in 30 starts this season and led the MLB with a 2.13 ERA, striking out 170 batters compared to just 44 walks.
Hendricks also pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in which the Cubs beat the Dodgers for their first National League pennant since 1945.
Other Cubs nominated for the awards on the night were Kris Bryant (Outstanding NL Player) and Anthony Rizzo (Marvin Miller Man of the Year). The latter honor went to Chicago-area native Curtis Granderson, who captured the award for a second time in his career. The 35-year old was recognized for his work with his Grand Kids Foundation and his Grand-Giving fundraiser for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.