Tom Glavine, who won 20 games and led the Braves to the first World Series in Atlanta's history, won the National League's Cy Young Award yesterday.
The 25-year-old left-hander became the youngest pitcher to win the award since Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets did it at age 20 in 1985.
"I'm excited. It hasn't really set in yet," Glavine said during a news conference at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. "In a couple of weeks it will probably hit me as to what happened."
Glavine, the National League's starter in the All-Star Game, was 20-11 with a 2.55 ERA.
"I think I put up some pretty good numbers," he said. "I'm just happy some other people recognized it. The only thing that could have made this year any better than this would have been winning the World Series."
Glavine got 19 of 24 first-place votes and five second-place votes for 110 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers &r Association of America. St. Louis Cardinals reliever Lee Smith, who led the majors with 47 saves, was second. Smith got four first-place votes, 12 seconds and four third-place votes for 60 points.
Glavine, the only pitcher named on all 24 ballots, became the second Braves pitcher to win the award. The other was Warren Spahn, who did it in 1957 when the Braves were in Milwaukee and there was only one award for the two major leagues.
* FREE AGENTS: Bill Wegman, a pitcher with a 51-51 career record who has spent 306 days on the disabled list in the past five seasons, re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for $9.5 million over four years.
That deal came late Monday night in the final hours of the period in which players could deal only with their former clubs. The pursuit of the 98 players who filed began yesterday, with the Mets saying they're ready to go after Bobby Bonilla, the most prized free agent in the group.
"I'm not sure how many teams there will be, but I'm sure they'll be plenty of us," Mets general manager Al Harazin said. "If there aren't eight or 10 clubs interested, I'll be surprised."
* The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance seeking to reduce Otis Nixon's 60-day drug suspension to time served.
Nixon, who was with the Atlanta Braves before he filed for free agency on Monday, was suspended Sept. 16 after testing positive for cocaine. He missed the rest of the regular season, the playoffs and the World Series, and has 18 days left on the suspension.
The grievance will be heard by George Nicolau, baseball's permanent arbitrator. The hearing is scheduled to begin Sunday and continue on Nov. 25.