Justin Verlander ahead of Game 6 of the 2022 World Series. Nov 5, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) looks on before game six of the 2022 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of debate about who would win this year’s Cy Young Awards as the best pitcher in the American League and the National League. Most predictions had the Miami Marlins‘ Sandy Alcantara and the Houston Astros‘ Justin Verlander as heavy favorites, and that proved apt, with both winning unanimously. But that pair of unanimous wins created a MLB awards result only twice seen before, and not since 1968, as Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post noted:

Considering just how many things have happened in MLB history, it is always interesting when something comes up that hasn’t been seen in a while. And it’s understandable why this one hasn’t. In most years, there are at least a couple of reasonable candidates battling it out for top awards like the Cy Young, and the unanimous level gets harder still when you apply it to both the AL Cy Young and the NL Cy Young. But Verlander (seen above on Nov. 5 ahead of Game 6 of the World Series, which his Astros would win to seal the series) and Alcantara certainly stood out to the MLB awards voters this year. Here are those voting results, via MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and the MLB on Fox feed:

This is the third career Cy Young for the 39-year-old Verlander, who posted a 1.75 ERA and 185 strikeouts with an 18-4 record across 175 innings for the Astros this regular season. He also made some extra history after missing all of 2021, as MLB.com’s Sarah Langs noted:

It’s the first career Cy Young for the 26-year-old Alcantara, in his fifth year in the majors; he recorded a 2.28 ERA and 200 strikeouts with a 14-9 record across 211 innings for the Marlins this season. He also became the first Marlins’ pitcher to win a Cy Young with that team.

Both Verlander and Alcantara had amazing years. And the two of them are now linked in history.

[Chelsea Janes on Twitter; photo from Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.