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It was an announcement that didn't take anyone by surprise -- but now, it's official -- Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber has been named a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award.
Bieber, 25, is coming off the best season of his young career in which he went 8-1 with a microscopic ERA of 1.63 helping guide the Tribe to the MLB Playoffs.
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According to multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks, Bieber is still the overwhelming favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award this year.
Bieber, the All-Star Game MVP in 2019, is a finalist for the honor along with Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda and Toronto Blue Jays lefty Hyun-jin Ryu.
The Indians are scheduled to open the 2021 season on April 1 in Detroit against the Tigers. The Tribe's home opener is slated for April 5 against the Kansas City Royals.
Editor's note: The below video aired in July of 2020