Awards season is upon us and already Cubs players have begun to get the recognition they rightly deserve. On Monday, Theo Epstein was named MLB Executive of the Year by a group of his peers and then on Tuesday, both Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo won Gold Glove Awards. And now, Kyle Hendricks has won the Player’s Choice Award as selected by the Player’s Association for the National League Outstanding Pitcher of the Year in 2016.
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For Hendricks, he put together an impressive season posting a 2.13/3.20/3.59 ERA/FIP/xFIP line. He led the league in ERA among qualified pitchers, finishing ahead of Jon Lester who was second in MLB with a 2.44 ERA. Here’s the official press release from the MLB Player’s Association.
Kyle Hendricks has also been named a Cy Young Award candidate, along with teammate Jon Lester and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. While winning the Player’s Choice Award isn’t necessarily a precursor to the Cy Young Award – 7 of the last 10 National League Outstanding Pitcher’s of the Year have gone on to win the Cy Young Award – it certainly is a good start for Hendricks.
Congrats goes out to Kyle and here’s to a great 2016 season.