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    Sunday, March 03, 2024

    Baltimore's Félix Bautista and Milwaukee's Devin Williams win MLB's Reliever of the Year Awards

    FILE -Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Felix Bautista throws a pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s Félix Bautista was a unanimous winner of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and Milwaukee’s Devin Williams won the Trevor Hoffman National League honor on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    FILE -Milwaukee Brewers' Devin Williams throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz. Baltimore’s Félix Bautista was a unanimous winner of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and Milwaukee’s Devin Williams won the Trevor Hoffman National League honor on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    New York — Baltimore's Félix Bautista was a unanimous winner of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award and Milwaukee's Devin Williams won the Trevor Hoffman National League honor on Wednesday.

    Bautista, a 28-year-old right-hander, was 8-2 with a 1.48 ERA and 33 saves in 39 chances for the AL East champion Orioles. He made his final appearance on Aug. 25 and had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 9, which likely will cause him to miss the 2024 season.

    Williams, a 29-year-old right-hander, was 8-3 with a 1.53 ERA and 36 saves in 40 opportunities for the NL Central champion Brewers. Williams also won the award in 2020 and joined former teammate Josh Hader, Edwin Díaz, Liam Hendriks, Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel as the only multiple winners of the honor, known as the Delivery Man of the Year Award from 2005-13.

    Rivera and Hoffman were among the six voters, joined by fellow Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers along with John Franco and Billy Wagner. Balloting was based on the regular season and used a system in which the first choice got five points, the second three and the third one.

    Cleveland's Emmanuel Clase was second in the AL after winning last year and Toronto's Jordan Romano was third.

    Pittsburgh's David Bednar was second in the NL and San Diego's Josh Hader third.

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