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How Cy Young winners Trevor Bauer and Shane Bieber motivated each other

Trevor Bauer sent a text message to his former teammate Shane Bieber before the season when he saw the odds from a sportsbook on the 2020 Cy Young winners.

The two players, who had lockers right next to each other in Cleveland, had the same odds.

“All I replied back was, ‘hey, why not go two for two?’” Bieber said. “(Bauer) said, ‘That sounds like a deal.’”

They lived up to their word. Bauer became the first Reds pitcher to win a Cy Young Award in club history and Bieber became the 10th American League pitcher to win a Cy Young by a unanimous vote.