The Spahn Award is given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball based on their wins, strikeouts and ERA by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Jim Thorpe Association. The award is named after Oklahoman and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who holds the MLB record in wins (363) for a left-handed starter and is sponsored by Farmers Insurance.
Gonzalez, a two-time All-Star, had 21 wins, a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts this season in leading Washington to its first MLB division title since 1933.
“Gio had a great season and is an outstanding player. Gio’s talent on the field and his work off the field to give scholarships to young people through his foundation are tremendous attributes. My dad would have been proud that Gio has won this award.”
The Nationals’ lefty tied for the award with Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price, but received the nod because he had one more win.
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