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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez wins Spahn Award

SPAHN AWARD — Gio Gonzalez's 21 victories gave him a narrow edge in the 2012 race for the Warren Spahn Award, an Oklahoma City-based honor bestowed annually on baseball's best left-handed pitcher.
by Mike Sherman Published: October 4, 2012
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Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has won the Spahn Award, given annually to the top left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, presenters of the award announced Thursday.

The award, presented by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Jim Thorpe Association, is based a pitcher's0 wins, strikeouts and earned run average. It is named for Oklahoman and national Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, whose 363 career victories are the most for a left-handed pitcher.

Gonzalez was 21-8 with 207 strikeouts and 2.89 ERA in 199.1 innings this season. He is a two-time All-Star and a key component to the Nationals' first division title since moving to Washington, D.C. Washington will make its first post-season appearance in the majors since 1933.

“I'm honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as Warren Spahn and the past winners of this award. I truly am humbled by this recognition,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

This year's race for the Spahn Award was the closest in the history of the award with the difference being Gonzalez's one additional win over Tampa Bay's David Price. Gonzalez and Price tied for the award, but Gonzalez won on a tiebreaker. Gonzalez's 21 victories were one more than Price.

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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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