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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 02:20 GMT
Johnson scoops pitching prize
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson
Johnson led the league in most pitching categories
Arizona Diamondbacks star Randy Johnson won his fourth straight National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, beating team-mate Curt Schilling to claim the honor as the league's top pitcher.

The 39-year-old Johnson received all 32 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America to claim his fifth Cy Young Award overall.

The only other pitcher to win the Cy Young Award four straight seasons was Atlanta Braves right-hander Greg Maddux between 1992 and 1995.

Maddux, in 1995, was also the last man to win the award unanimously.

Johnson, who will earn $4m in bonuses for winning the prize, went 24-5 with a 2.32 earned run average in 35 starts and is the fourth-oldest Cy Young winner ever.

The 6' 10" left-hander struck out a league-leading 334 batters in 260 innings, and also led the league in wins and ERA.

Johnson, a nine-time All-Star, also won the American League Cy Young with the Seattle Mariners in 1995 and now trails only Roger Clemens, who has won the award six times.

"This has come from maintaining consistency, hard work and dedication, and my team-mates being very supportive offensively, defensively and in the bullpen," said Johnson.

Play-off pain

Schilling, the runner-up, received 29 second-place votes.

Schilling, 35, was 23-7 with a 3.23 ERA. He completed just five games and only had one shutout but posted a stellar walk-to-strikeout ratio of 33-to-316.

Arizona, the defending World Series champions, were 55-15 when Johnson or Schilling started, 43-49 the rest of the time and were swept by St. Louis in the first round of the play-offs.

Last year, Johnson and Schilling were co-MVPs of the seven-game World Series win over the New York Yankees.

John Smoltz, who switched from starting to relief pitching, was third overall in the voting.


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