Aaron Nola Named PSWA Athlete of the Year
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association has named National League Cy Young Award finalist and Phillies ace Aaron Nola its 2018 Pro Athlete of the Year. Nola will accept his award at the PSWA’s annual Awards Dinner on Monday, Jan. 21st at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. Tickets are now available here.
Nola is coming off the best season of his young career, going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA in the midst of a pennant race for the Phillies, making 33 starts and hurling 212 1/3 innings, third-most in the National League. His ERA was second in the NL to Jacob deGrom’s 1.70. Nola is the first homegrown Phillies pitcher ever to finish in the top three in Cy Young voting. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, acquired from other organizations, finished second and third in 2011. Halladay was the last Phillies’ pitcher to take home a Cy Young Award, in 2010. This year’s winner will be announced November 14 as Nola competes with fellow finalists deGrom of the Mets and Max Scherzer of the Nationals.
“Nola is the first honoree announced for the 2019 banquet,” says PSWA president John Weber. “Over the next few weeks and months, additional award-winners will be announced. Make sure you’re a part of this prestigious Philadelphia event and join the top athletes in the area as we celebrate their accomplishments, Weber says.
The PSWA Awards Dinner is the longest-running event of its kind in the U.S. 2019 marks the 115th annual. For the latest banquet information, click here.