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2016 New York Yankees Regular Season Award Winners

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Best Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka

In Masahiro Tanaka’s third season in New York, he became the epitome of an ace.

The 27-year old finished his season 14-4 with an earned run average of 3.07, good enough for third-best among qualified American League starters.

What’s even more impressive was the fact that the Yankees were 23-8 when they sent the right-hander to the hill. Plus, in nine starts since Aug. 7, Tanaka was 7-0 with a 2.28 ERA while opponents batting a mere .223 off him.

Tanaka may fall short in winning the AL Cy Young award, but he was everything the Bombers needed throughout the 2016 season.