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Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis, Yordano Ventura win Royals’ year-end team awards

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain made another spectacular catch, this time in the the first inning to put out San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik in game six of the World Series on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain made another spectacular catch, this time in the the first inning to put out San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik in game six of the World Series on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

Pitching and defense were the hallmarks of the Royals’ 2014 run to the World Series, and those qualities were well represented in their yearly award winners announced Monday.

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, the MVP of the American League Championship Series, won the Les Milgram Player of the Year award.

Right-hander Wade Davis, who had the lowest ERA of any reliever in the majors, received the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award.

Another right-hander, fireballing rookie Yordano Ventura, who won 14 regular-season games and won game six of the World Series, captured the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.

The awards were voted on by members of the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. All three players are first-time winners.

Cain, 28, hit .301 with five homers and 53 RBIs in the regular season and had a career-best eight outfield assists. In the postseason, he made several spectacular catches in center and right field and hit .333 with eight RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Davis, 29, did not allow an extra-base hit until July 31 and posted a franchise record 109 strikeouts by a reliever. Ventura, 23, was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in his rookie season and had a 3.20 ERA in the playoffs, including four starts.

Les Milgram Player of the Year award winners

1971: Amos Otis and Fred Patek

1972: John Mayberry

1973: Amos Otis

1974: Hal McRae

1975: George Brett

1976: George Brett

1977: Al Cowens

1978: Amos Otis

1979: George Brett

1980: George Brett

1981: Willie Wilson

1982: Hal McRae

1983: Frank White

1984: Willie Wilson

1985: George Brett

1986: Frank White

1987: Danny Tartabull

1988: George Brett

1989: Jim Eisenreich

1990: George Brett

1991: Danny Tartabull

1992: George Brett

1993: Greg Gagne

1994: Bob Hamelin

1995: Gary Gaetti

1996: Tom Goodwin

1997: Jay Bell

1998: Dean Palmer

1999: Jermaine Dye

2000: Mike Sweeney

2001: Carlos Beltran

2002: Mike Sweeney

2003: Carlos Beltran

2004: David DeJesus

2005: Mike Sweeney

2006: Mark Teahen

2007: Mark Grudzielanek

2008: Mike Aviles

2009: Billy Butler

2010: Billy Butler

2011: Alex Gordon

2012: Billy Butler

2013: Eric Hosmer

2014: Lorenzo Cain

Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award winners

1971: Dick Drago

1972: Roger Nelson

1973: Paul Splittorff

1974: Steve Busby

1975: Dennis Leonard

1976: Mark Littell

1977: Dennis Leonard

1978: Larry Gura

1979: Dennis Leonard

1980: Dan Quisenberry

1981: Larry Gura

1982: Dan Quisenberry

1983: Dan Quisenberry

1984: Dan Quisenberry

1985: Bret Saberhagen

1986: Mark Gubicza

1987: Bret Saberhagen

1988: Mark Gubicza

1989: Bret Saberhagen

1990: Steve Farr

1991: Bret Saberhagen

1992: Kevin Appier

1993: Kevin Appier

1994: David Cone

1995: Kevin Appier

1996: Tim Belcher

1997: Tim Belcher

1998: Jeff Montgomery

1999: José Rosado

2000: Jeff Suppan

2001: Jeff Suppan

2002: Paul Byrd

2003: Darrell May

2004: Zack Greinke

2005: Mike MacDougal

2006: Mark Redman

2007: Gil Meche

2008: Joakim Soria

2009: Zack Greinke

2010: Joakim Soria

2011: Bruce Chen

2012: Greg Holland

2013: Greg Holland

2014: Wade Davis

Joe Burke Special Achievement award winners

1971: Bob Lemon, Brooks Robinson and Cookie Rojas

1972: George Toma

1973: Steve Busby

1974: Hank Bauer

1975-77: None

1978: John Kauffman

1979: None

1980: Willie Wilson

1981: Frank White and Bill Gorman

1982: John Wathan, Frank White and Willie Wilson

1983: Lee MacPhail

1984: Greg Pryor

1985: Charlie Leibrandt

1986: None

1987: Kevin Seitzer

1988: Frank White

1989: Jeff Montgomery

1990: Kevin Appier

1991: Bill Pecota and Steve Palermo

1992: Rusty Meacham

1993: Mike Macfarlane

1994: None

1995: Keith Lockhart

1996: José Offerman

1997: Jeff Montgomery

1998: Scott Service

1999: Mike Sweeney

2000: Jermaine Dye

2001: None

2002: Raul Ibañez

2003: Angel Berroa

2004-05: None

2006: Mark Grudzielanek

2007: Brian Bannister

2008: Zack Greinke

2009: Alberto Callaspo

2010: Bruce Chen

2011: Eric Hosmer

2012: Alcides Escobar

2013: James Shields

2014: Yordano Ventura

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