Athletics right-hander Liam Hendriks won the 2020 Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award presented by The Hartford, and Brewers rookie Devin Williams won the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award, it was announced on Saturday.
Hendriks posted a 1.78 ERA in 24 appearances (25 1/3 innings) for Oakland, along with a 1.14 FIP and 40.2-percent strikeout rate. The 31-year-old right-hander also delivered three scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 9-7 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the AL Division Series to keep Oakland’s season alive. He finished runner-up to the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman for the Rivera Reliever of the Year Award in 2019.
“Honored is an understatement,” Hendriks said. “It’s humbling to win an award that bears the name of the greatest closer in history. I’m extremely thankful to my teammates. If they weren’t behind me on the field, I wouldn’t be half the pitcher I am today. A huge thank you to the bullpen for sharing years of invaluable advice and experience with me. Thank you to the coaching staff and the entire organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play in the green and gold.”
Williams, 26, burst onto the baseball scene in a big way in 2020, striking out 53 while walking only nine of the 100 batters he faced in 27 innings for the Brewers. He gave up one earned run (0.33 ERA), which came in Milwaukee’s fourth game of the season.