Originally created 11/06/02

Johnson wins fourth straight Cy Young Award, fifth overall



NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson won his record-tying fourth straight National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, a unanimous pick over Arizona teammate Curt Schilling.

Johnson, who will earn an additional $4 million because of the award, received all 32 first-place votes and 160 points from a panel of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was his fifth Cy Young Award, one short of Roger Clemens' record.

"The big picture, obviously, is to get to the World Series," Johnson said between shots at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

"If you remain consistent and have a good year, it's kind of a bonus," he said, referring to the award. "This has come from maintaining consistency, hard work and dedication, and my teammates being very supportive offensively, defensively and in the bullpen."

Schilling was runner-up for the second straight season, getting 29 second-place votes and three thirds for 90 points. Atlanta closer John Smoltz was third with 21 points.

Johnson matched Greg Maddux (1992-95) as the only pitchers to win four straight Cy Youngs and is the NL's first unanimous winner since Maddux in 1995. Johnson and Schilling became the first pitchers to finish 1-2 in Cy Young voting in consecutive years.

Johnson's first Cy Young was earned for Seattle in 1995.

"I've got them in my office, and they're displayed nice," he said. "I'm a very simple person, and I work hard, and I push myself, and this is the reward."

The Big Unit went 24-5 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts, becoming the first major leaguer since Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999 and the first NL player since the Mets' Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win pitching's triple crown.

The 39-year-old Johnson led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time and became the first pitcher to reach 300 in five straight seasons. He also led the majors in innings (260) and complete games (eight), and led the NL in opponents' batting average (.208).

Schilling went 23-7 with a 3.23 ERA, 316 strikeouts and just 33 walks in 259 1-3 innings. Schilling, who has never won a Cy Young, was 21-5 with a 2.77 ERA though Aug. 31, while Johnson was 19-5 with a 2.63 ERA.

Johnson went 5-0 with a 0.66 ERA in September, while Schilling was 2-2 with a 6.19 ERA. On Sept. 20, Schilling allowed eight earned runs for only the third time and a career-high 14 hits in 9-4 loss to Colorado at Coors Field.

NL West champion Arizona was 55-15 when Johnson or Schilling started, 43-49 the rest of the time. The defending World Series champion Diamondbacks lost to St. Louis in the first round of the playoffs.

By winning the award, Johnson earned a $1 million bonus on top of his $12.35 million salary. In addition, his 2003 salary automatically increased from $12 million to $15 million.

Schilling, who had a $10 million salary, earned a $250,000 bonus for finishing second.

At 39 years, 2 months, Johnson is the fourth-oldest pitcher to win a Cy Young, trailing Gaylord Perry (40), Early Wynn (39) and Clemens (39). Johnson doesn't know how much time he has left in the major leagues.

"That really is a question no one has the answer for," he said.

In addition to leading the league in the major categories, Johnson moved up from 10th to fourth on the career strikeout list at 3,746, trailing Nolan Ryan (5,714), Steve Carlton (4,136) and Clemens (3,909). Among the pitchers he passed last season were Tom Seaver, Perry and Walter Johnson.

"I obviously have a great deal of respect for the people I'm amongst and have a great appreciation for what they've done," Johnson said, "because I realize how hard it is to do."