Arlington, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish finished second in the voting for the 2013 BBWAA American League Cy Young Award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced this evening.
It matches the highest finish ever by a Rangers pitcher in the Cy Young Award voting. Ferguson Jenkins was the runner-up to Oakland's Catfish Hunter in 1974.
Detroit RHP Max Scherzer earned his first Cy Young Award, receiving 28 first place votes and one second and third place vote each for 203 points. Darvish, named on 29 of 30 the ballots of BBWAA members, had 19 second place votes, 3 third place votes, one fourth place vote, and 6 fifth place votes for 93 points. Seattle RHP Hisashi Iwakuma was third in the voting with 73 total points. The voting system rewards 7 points for first, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and one for fifth.
The previous highest finish in Cy Young Award balloting for a native of Japan was fourth place by Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers in both 1995 and 1996.
Yu Darvish issued the following statement from Japan following this evening's announcement:
"It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award. Both Max Scherzer and Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner. I would like to thank my teammates, the entire Texas Rangers organization, and most of all, the fans, for their on-going support. I look forward to the 2014 season and helping my team to achieve our goal: to bring a World Series championship to Texas."
Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a major league leading 277 strikeouts in 32 starts in 2013. He also led the majors by averaging 11.32 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and allowed an A.L. low .194 opponents' batting average. The right-hander also posted the fourth lowest ERA in the A.L.