Pedro Martinez's 1999 performance ranks among the 12 best by a starting pitcher in the 44 years since the Cy Young Award was established. His presence in the dazzling dozen, however, offers mixed hope that he'll get this year's American League Most Valuable Player award to go along with the Cy Young he's certain to win. As this chronological list reveals, others with even better stats than Martinez's have come up short in the MVP vote. Then again, the Red Sox' Roger Clemens ('86) and the Dodgers' Don Newcombe ('56), the only starters not on this list to win an MVP award in the life span of the Cy Young, succeeded with lesser seasons.
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