- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2016

Orioles’ closer Zach Britton was not named one of the three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, despite being 47 for 47 on save attempts and posting an era of 0.54.

The three finalists were Corey Kluber of the Indians, Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Rick Porcello of the Red Sox.

In 69 appearances, Britton pitched 67.0 innings and gave up just 38 hits, 18 walks and four earned runs.

The absence of Britton raised eyebrows among baseball writers immediately upon the Monday evening announcement.

“That’s staggering. Debate whether he should have won, but Britton’s not least one of AL’s top three pitchers? What more can a reliever do?” asked Mark Zuckerman of MASN.

“This may be the worst omission I’ve seen ever,” added MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds.

Britton wasn’t the only Oriole not to make Monday’s short lists for the top A.L. awards.

Third-baseman Manny Machado — who scored more than 100 runs, batted in 96 more, hit 37 homers and had an OPS of .876 — was not one of the three MVP finalists. The winner will be chosen from Jose Altuve of the Astros, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Mike Trout of the Angels.

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