OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gio Gonzalez got bounced a lot early in his career before eventually winding up with a home in Washington.
Earning the Warren Spahn Award as baseball's top left-handed pitcher, he says, was one way of saying thanks to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo for believing in him and giving him a place to settle down.
Gonzalez was presented the award Thursday in Oklahoma City. He says it ``meant all the world to me'' when Rizzo got him in a trade with Oakland and then offered him a long-term contract to stay in Washington.
He finished the season with a 21-8 record, a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts. The winner of the award is decided purely on statistics. It is named after Warren Spahn, the top-winning lefty in baseball history.
Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cardinals open definining set against Pirates   Thursday’s Cardinals-Reds series finale ended in the most controversial way possible. Is the Gateway City in for...
Thumbnail Mariners need another victory vs. visiting A's Seattle can’t quite control its own destiny with respect to reaching the playoffs. Yet Scott Servais’ crew won’t stop pushing for that first postseason...
Thumbnail O's inch closer to playoffs; Yanks in spoiler role Baltimore could have wilted following last week’s sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Instead, Buck Showalter’s bunch is motoring full steam...
Thumbnail Giants' Cueto looks to snatch set from Rockies It’s not quite a must-win situation, but the Giants couldn’t be more excited to hand the ball to Johnny Cueto this evening.
Thumbnail A's try to thwart Mariners' playoff push The Mariners are among the hottest teams in baseball. Yet do they have enough time to creep into the playoffs?
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages

Advertisement