Liam Hendriks and Josh Hader named MLB’s top relievers of 2021


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Liam Hendriks and Josh Hader named MLB's top relievers of 2021

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Chicago’s Liam Hendriks won his second consecutive Mariano Rivera award as the American League reliever of the year on Wednesday, and Milwaukee’s Josh Hader won his third Trevor Hoffman award as the National League reliever of the year.

Hendriks had an 8-3 record with 38 saves in 44 chances with a 2.54 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 71 innings during his first season with the White Sox.

Hader was 4-2 with a career-best 1.23 ERA and 34 saves in 35 chances. He also won in 2018 and ’19. He struck out 102 in 58⅔ innings.

Voting was based on regular season performance and was conducted among seven former relievers: Rivera, Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Lee Smith, John Franco and Billy Wagner.


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