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Chiefspants
11-17-2009, 01:04 PM
YEEAAHHH!

KANSAS CITY -- Zack Greinke won again on Tuesday -- this time taking the Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher.

Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez received two first-place votes and finished second in the balloting with 80 points. Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander received one first-place vote and placed third overall.

Hernandez and Verlander each won 19 games, and there was a suggestion in some places that Greinke's 16-8 record, a rather modest win total for a Cy Young winner, might override his Major League-best ERA of 2.16. But that did not happen.


Certainly, there was no argument that Greinke was one of the most dominating pitchers of 2009 in either league. His performance and his award brightens what was a disappointing season for the Royals.

"Zack Greinke has always been a potentially tremendous talent and we were all fortunate to watch him perform this past year," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He was everything that he and all of us expected him someday to be."

Greinke, 26, became the third Cy Young winner in club history. Bret Saberhagen won in 1985 and 1989, and David Cone won in 1994. Cone was the only other starter to win the AL award with as few as 16 wins and he did it in a strike-shortened season. Brandon Webb was the last starter to win the National League award with so few wins, having gone 16-8 for Arizona in 2006.

"It's a great tribute to Zack and who is he is as a person and everything that he's had to battle through," Moore said. "It's a great story."

It sure is -- Greinke emerged from the shadow of a social anxiety disorder that took him away from the game for two months in 2006. He worked his way back to the Royals with a tour in the Minors that year and spent most of 2007 laboring in the bullpen. Back full force in 2008, he made 32 starts en route to a 13-10, 3.47 season that set the stage for this thunderous year.

Among other accomplishments, Greinke struck out 15 batters and threw a one-hitter in back-to-back outings in August as he headed toward a strong finish. He was 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last 11 starts.

He attracted Cy Young notice from the beginning, winning his first six starts and registering a 0.40 ERA. Only legendary pitchers Walter Johnson in 1913 and Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 had won their first six starts while posting lower ERAs.

His strong getaway was helped by the development of a changeup, a pitch that successfully augmented his sizzling fastball and devastating slider. That was a Spring Training project that Greinke attacked with his usual single-minded zeal. Never mind that he got hammered in some exhibition games.

"He knew a changeup would make him better and he stuck with it," pitching coach Bob McClure said. "As the season progressed, it got better and better and better. He got more movement with it, it was much more comfortable, he was throwing it in all different counts."

There's no doubt that Greinke could have won 20 or more games with a bit more help. For one thing, the bullpen blew four leads after he'd left the game. For another, the Royals didn't score many runs for him. In the 17 starts in which he took a loss or had no decision, the Royals scored a total of 37 runs for him, just 2.2 per game, including only 15 runs in the eight losses (1.9).

Even so, he stood tall.

"If a player is going to win an award, you always have to look at whether or not he was dominant," Phillies scout Gordon Lakey said, "and, in his case, he was certainly dominant. You put him on a team with the offense the Yankees had or you put Sabathia on a team that doesn't have a lot of offense, the record would probably just be the opposite. They just didn't score a lot of runs for him but he had the ability to win close games even when they didn't score, especially early in the season."

Earlier, Greinke was named the AL's top pitcher by The Sporting News, the Players Association and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. At midseason, he was the Royals' only player in the All-Star Game and pitched a perfect inning in the AL's 4-3 victory in St. Louis.

Among other things this season, Greinke went through his first four starts and 29 innings before giving up an earned run and through his first 83 1/3 innings before giving up a home run.

His 242 strikeouts, second in the AL to Justin Verlander's 269, included the club-record 15 on Aug. 25 against the Indians.

"He was changing speeds with everything, whether it be his fastball, curveball or slider," said the Indians' Jamey Carroll, who struck out twice in that game. "He was throwing anything and everything up there at different speeds. There was no pattern, and we couldn't get in a rhythm."

Then, in his next start at Seattle, came a one-hitter -- the only hit a second-inning single. Greinke mowed down the last 22 Mariners he faced.

That made him just the fourth pitcher in history to follow a 15-strikeout game with a one-hitter, matching Pedro Martinez (1999), Randy Johnson (1998) and Vida Blue (1971).

His ability to command his pitches, moving the ball in-and-out, up-and-down with pinpoint accuracy, and to vary his speeds, was phenomenal.

"Not many guys command the fastball and throw the ball as hard as he does and yet be as comfortable throwing a 60-mph fastball as a 95-mph fastball," said Lakey, the scout.

There was one big scare for Greinke. On Sept. 17 at Detroit, he was drilled by a fourth-inning line drive just above his precious right elbow. But he finished five shutout innings before going for X-rays (which were negative) and made his pitching coach extremely proud.

"I'll tell you what -- that's a gamer right there," McClure said.

Greinke didn't miss a start and pitched six scoreless innings against the Red Sox in his next outing.

What Greinke did so well this season was to develop a knack of reading hitters and feeling what they were all about. It went beyond just firing away.

"Too many guys are just throwing it and not paying attention to what the hitter is doing or what he did previously on the last swing and they don't feel the hitter," McClure said. "And he's starting to feel the hitter and I think we're just seeing the top of the surface of what he's going to be able to do."

That, of course, was part of Greinke's maturing process, which was as noticeable in the clubhouse and the dugout as it was on the mound. He became more outgoing in a marked change from his earlier years.

"Zack was just super-shy and didn't want to have a relationship with anybody," teammate David DeJesus said. "And then last year he started morphing into a person who would take a chance and go out of his way and do something [with] someone. And then it came to this year when he was just a different person. He was playing cards and having fun. He was up on the [dugout] fence talking to guys in between his starts. It just seemed like he was having a fun time at the field. ... The anxiety [was gone]."

For Greinke there's another big event coming up on Saturday. He and longtime sweetheart Emily Kuchar will be married. The celebrations just keep coming.

googlegoogle
11-17-2009, 01:06 PM
:thumb:

Pitt Gorilla
11-17-2009, 01:07 PM
Awesome and well-deserved.

big nasty kcnut
11-17-2009, 01:08 PM
Hell yeah. Finally we get respected.
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DJJasonp
11-17-2009, 01:08 PM
Woo Hoo!!!!!!!

Cheers to Zack....and a 'win' for the small-markets!!!!!!!! :)

milkman
11-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Hell yeah. Finally we get respected.
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No, "we" don't get respected.

Greinke gets respect.

The Royals are still the dregs of the AL.

DeezNutz
11-17-2009, 01:09 PM
http://electricityandlust.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/celebrate.jpg

tyler360
11-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Well he deserved it. Good job Zack

DeezNutz
11-17-2009, 01:10 PM
Someone ring that fucking bell.

Old Dog
11-17-2009, 01:10 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091115&content_id=7669424&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

JohninGpt
11-17-2009, 01:12 PM
:toast::clap::clap::clap:

big nasty kcnut
11-17-2009, 01:12 PM
I mean that the royal and small town america didn't get over looked.
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GloryDayz
11-17-2009, 01:13 PM
Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!:bravo:

Reaper16
11-17-2009, 01:15 PM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e57/Thereaper16/fbvrk4.gif

big nasty kcnut
11-17-2009, 01:16 PM
the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. I didn't know he black. ;)
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BigRedChief
11-17-2009, 01:17 PM
Congrats to Zack. Well deserved.

DMAC
11-17-2009, 01:18 PM
You the man, Zack! Please stay put.

sedated
11-17-2009, 01:18 PM
<img src="http://www.tvdance.com/baseketball/8a.gif">

Old Dog
11-17-2009, 01:18 PM
Results weren't even very close:
Greinke 134
Hernandez 80
Verlander 14
Sabathia 13

Frazod
11-17-2009, 01:18 PM
Excellent. :thumb:

BigRedChief
11-17-2009, 01:20 PM
Excellent. :thumb:
Maybe next year we can see a Grienke vs. Pujols showdown?

Kraus
11-17-2009, 01:22 PM
Congrats to Greinke... Good for him.

Demonpenz
11-17-2009, 01:22 PM
sweet. Every Tuesday wednesday thursday friday and saturday and every other sunday will be Zack T-shirts to the crowd with historic T shirts with this win, monday will still be military monday, Thursdays willbe Prozack sponsered pill seperater day

KCUnited
11-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Yes! Hopefully all this attention won't drive him back to the mower.

BigChiefFan
11-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Wonderful news. He deserved it and I'm glad the voters took notice.

Mr. Laz
11-17-2009, 01:25 PM
:clap:

MoreLemonPledge
11-17-2009, 01:27 PM
Well deserved.

sparkky
11-17-2009, 01:31 PM
big congrats to Zach, it is well deserved. :clap:
it's a damn shame he doesn't have a better team around him but I'm glad he's in KC.
his starts are something Royals' fans can look forward to.

'Hamas' Jenkins
11-17-2009, 01:38 PM
Congrats to Royals fans and my fantasy team, who Greinke basically carried to 450 bucks.

gblowfish
11-17-2009, 01:51 PM
Not only does he win the Cy Young today, on Saturday night he'll be boinkin' this:

Coach
11-17-2009, 01:53 PM
Someone ring that fucking bell.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/SwedeCarlson/Official%20Game%20Thread/2wnwdhv.gif

Marlboro Cigs
11-17-2009, 02:03 PM
Greatest Royals hurlers

1. Bret Saberhagen
2. Zach Greinke
3. Larry Gura
4. Dennis Leonard
5. Kevin Appier
6. David Cone

SDChiefs
11-17-2009, 02:05 PM
Boo!!

Ari Chi3fs
11-17-2009, 02:07 PM
Is this like getting into the playoffs? Because this feeeeels sooooo good.

Congrats Zack!!

Marlboro Cigs
11-17-2009, 02:08 PM
Boo!!

GTFO!

Kyle DeLexus
11-17-2009, 02:11 PM
Finally a winner in KC

PunkinDrublic
11-17-2009, 02:12 PM
He's not that great. On any other club he'd be just another guy in the rotation.

signed,

Mecca

RockChalk
11-17-2009, 02:24 PM
Not only does he win the Cy Young today, on Saturday night he'll be boinkin' this:

Something tells me he might have been boinkin' that a while back.

Congrats to him though! I was hoping the East Coast bias wouldn't rob him of what he deserved.

Marlboro Cigs
11-17-2009, 02:29 PM
I was hoping the East Coast bias wouldn't rob him of what he deserved.

Why would there be an East Coast bias when every AL city gets two votes each?

'Hamas' Jenkins
11-17-2009, 02:40 PM
Why would there be an East Coast bias when every AL city gets two votes each?

That was fucking quick.

CoMoChief
11-17-2009, 02:57 PM
Congrats Zack.....won't be too long before you're with a real team who can give you run support night in and night out.

9 no-decision games with a 2.34 ERA

THATS FUCKING HORRIBLE that we can't score enough for him to win. That actually makes me feel embarrassed to be from KC.

CoMoChief
11-17-2009, 02:58 PM
Greatest Royals hurlers

1. Bret Saberhagen
2. Zach Greinke
3. Larry Gura
4. Dennis Leonard
5. Kevin Appier
6. David Cone

compared to other teams that's a sad list.

HemiEd
11-17-2009, 03:01 PM
Not only does he win the Cy Young today, on Saturday night he'll be boinkin' this:

Why does he have to wait until Saturday?

HemiEd
11-17-2009, 03:03 PM
compared to other teams that's a sad list.

Well he left off arguably the best of the bunch, Steve Busby.

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan
11-17-2009, 03:06 PM
No love for Paul Splitorff?

ROYC75
11-17-2009, 03:41 PM
Props to Zack, ( as in Greinke ) not the CP spelling & grammar police commissioner.:thumb:

milkman
11-17-2009, 04:09 PM
Greatest Royals hurlers

1. Bret Saberhagen
2. Zach Greinke
3. Larry Gura
4. Dennis Leonard
5. Kevin Appier
6. David Cone

What about Steve Busby?

milkman
11-17-2009, 04:10 PM
Well he left off arguably the best of the bunch, Steve Busby.

Oh shit.

Way ahead of me.

PunkinDrublic
11-17-2009, 04:12 PM
What about Steve Busby?

I would include Charlie Leibrandt in that group as well.

gblowfish
11-17-2009, 04:13 PM
Depends on how you describe "Great."
Greinke's never had to pitch in a pressure situation, but winning a Cy Young on a team that almost lost 100 games is no small feat. I think Steve Carlton was the last guy to win one on such a crappy team.

If I had my druthers, on great Royals STARTING pitchers (and I've literally seen them all) I'd say top ten are:

1) Bret Saberhagen
2) Dennis Leonard
3) Steve Busby
4) Greinke (I predict he'll throw his first no-no next year)
5) Paul Splittorff
6) David Cone
7) Mark Gubicza
8) Danny Jackson
9) Larry Gura
10) Kevin Appier

CoMoChief
11-17-2009, 04:36 PM
Depends on how you describe "Great."
Greinke's never had to pitch in a pressure situation, but winning a Cy Young on a team that almost lost 100 games is no small feat. I think Steve Carlton was the last guy to win one on such a crappy team.

If I had my druthers, on great Royals STARTING pitchers (and I've literally seen them all) I'd say top ten are:

1) Bret Saberhagen
2) Dennis Leonard
3) Steve Busby
4) Greinke (I predict he'll throw his first no-no next year)
5) Paul Splittorff
6) David Cone
7) Mark Gubicza
8) Danny Jackson
9) Larry Gura
10) Kevin Appier

You forgot Darryl May

Tactical Funky
11-17-2009, 04:52 PM
This news brightens my day. I'm proud of Zack for getting through his early trials and tribulations and earning this distinguished award despite being on a team that rarely gave him any semblance of run support.

DA_T_84
11-17-2009, 05:35 PM
As heard on 610 driving home, while playing Zack/h's highlight quotes from his national press tour today:

Q: Zack/h, what has been on your mind the last two months?

A: "Well, uh...ah...uh... I got this game I've been playing a lot. World of Warcraft. That's taken up a lot of my time. I haven't really been thinking about baseball a whole lot. And Emily, also. That's pretty much what I've been doing."

God, I ****ing love ZG.

CaliforniaChief
11-17-2009, 05:40 PM
Or another great quote from ESPN.com...

"Back in Orlando, I haven't really got a whole lot of attention from people, which has been nice," he said. "So I hope it doesn't get that way, where everyone is like, 'Oh, hey, Zack, hi.'"

ChiTown
11-17-2009, 05:44 PM
Or another great quote from ESPN.com...

"Back in Orlando, I haven't really got a whole lot of attention from people, which has been nice," he said. "So I hope it doesn't get that way, where everyone is like, 'Oh, hey, Zack, hi.'"

ROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFLROFL

DA_T_84
11-17-2009, 05:48 PM
Ahhhh!!! I love him. He should take that shit on tour.


And with that, Dante84 has reached 1,000 posts! Fuck yeah!

thurman merman
11-17-2009, 08:12 PM
:clap:

landslide victory, too. not even close.

Deberg_1990
11-17-2009, 09:03 PM
Depends on how you describe "Great."
Greinke's never had to pitch in a pressure situation, but winning a Cy Young on a team that almost lost 100 games is no small feat. I think Steve Carlton was the last guy to win one on such a crappy team.

If I had my druthers, on great Royals STARTING pitchers (and I've literally seen them all) I'd say top ten are:

1) Bret Saberhagen
2) Dennis Leonard
3) Steve Busby
4) Greinke (I predict he'll throw his first no-no next year)
5) Paul Splittorff
6) David Cone
7) Mark Gubicza
8) Danny Jackson
9) Larry Gura
10) Kevin Appier

No love for Larry Gura, Bud Black or Charlie Leibrandt?

KcMizzou
11-17-2009, 09:10 PM
As heard on 610 driving home, while playing Zack/h's highlight quotes from his national press tour today:

Q: Zack/h, what has been on your mind the last two months?

A: "Well, uh...ah...uh... I got this game I've been playing a lot. World of Warcraft. That's taken up a lot of my time. I haven't really been thinking about baseball a whole lot. And Emily, also. That's pretty much what I've been doing."

God, I ****ing love ZG.LMAO

The guy's a fantastic interview. I know he hates doing them, but I'm damned glad he does. You don't get the usual boring sports cliches with him.

Ari Chi3fs
11-17-2009, 09:14 PM
Oh hai zack, hai!!

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l363/popcicles09/ugly-girl.jpg

WilliamTheIrish
11-17-2009, 09:15 PM
A ray of sunshine on an otherwise dreary day.

Reaper16
11-17-2009, 09:17 PM
Oh hai zack, hai!!

http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l363/popcicles09/ugly-girl.jpg

Zack, that Orc is aligned to the Horde! Your party must defeat it! Leeeroooooooy JENKINS!

Ari Chi3fs
11-18-2009, 12:13 AM
Zack, that Orc is aligned to the Horde! Your party must defeat it! Leeeroooooooy JENKINS!

But her body is sooo hot. lol

KcMizzou
11-18-2009, 12:22 AM
Zack, that Orc is aligned to the Horde! Your party must defeat it! Leeeroooooooy JENKINS!More DOT's. MORE DOTS!!!

kcfanXIII
11-18-2009, 02:59 AM
Or another great quote from ESPN.com...

"Back in Orlando, I haven't really got a whole lot of attention from people, which has been nice," he said. "So I hope it doesn't get that way, where everyone is like, 'Oh, hey, Zack, hi.'"

if you can find the sound clip this one is worth listening to. he's just typical zacKKK. its freaking hilarious.

Von Dumbass
11-18-2009, 04:09 AM
When does he become a free agent? I'm sure he will be a Yankee soon.

Pioli Zombie
11-18-2009, 05:59 AM
He's not that great. On any other club he'd be just another guy in the rotation.

signed,

Mecca
"I'm not impressed. He has a lot of holes in his game"
- Mecca
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Adept Havelock
11-18-2009, 06:30 AM
Bravo, Zach. :clap:

Reaper16
11-18-2009, 11:22 AM
When does he become a free agent? I'm sure he will be a Yankee soon.
2012, motherfucker.

Demonpenz
11-18-2009, 11:46 AM
If you look like what a player can control. I had the best season... haha

gblowfish
11-18-2009, 12:46 PM
His new wifey is extremely boinkable:
http://tinyurl.com/ylzk9pe

CoMoChief
11-18-2009, 01:00 PM
2012, mother****er.

And even then the Royals won't break the 100 loss barrier.

eazyb81
11-18-2009, 01:11 PM
In bittersweet news, New England media is reporting the Red Sox have been spurned on their attempt to host the 2012 All-Star game, and instead Kansas City will host it.

This of course means the main story of the 2012 game will be on Greinke, as he starts for the AL in his last season as a Royal before he moves on to the Yankees or Red Sox.

jAZ
11-18-2009, 01:30 PM
What are the odds that the Royals would ever be able to keep ZG long term if he keeps pitching like this? Have the Royals made any sort of public commitment to keeping their a high performing star player like him?

PunkinDrublic
11-18-2009, 01:35 PM
In bittersweet news, New England media is reporting the Red Sox have been spurned on their attempt to host the 2012 All-Star game, and instead Kansas City will host it.
This of course means the main story of the 2012 game will be on Greinke, as he starts for the AL in his last season as a Royal before he moves on to the Yankees or Red Sox.

It's a fackin tragidy fenway paak needs the all staaa game.

Ebolapox
11-18-2009, 05:25 PM
As heard on 610 driving home, while playing Zack/h's highlight quotes from his national press tour today:

Q: Zack/h, what has been on your mind the last two months?

A: "Well, uh...ah...uh... I got this game I've been playing a lot. World of Warcraft. That's taken up a lot of my time. I haven't really been thinking about baseball a whole lot. And Emily, also. That's pretty much what I've been doing."

God, I ****ing love ZG.

are we ABSOLUTELY sure that demonpenz and zack greinke aren't the same person?