Washington Nationals Pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Receive Warren

Washington Nationals Pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Receive Warren Spahn
Award From Farmers Insurance 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 --  Farmers Insurance,
presenting sponsor of the annual Warren Spahn Award, will join with
Oklahoma City's Bricktown Rotary Club to present the 2012 Warren
Spahn Award to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. 
Gio Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher of Washington Nationals will
receive the award at the Warren Spahn Award Gala on January 17 at the
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City. The award will be
presented to Gonzalez by Farmers Assistant Vice President of Auto
Central Zone Bonnie Dezii and Bricktown Rotary Club President Bill
Gonzalez became the first pitcher since 1918 to have three
consecutive appearances in which he finished a start with at least
six shutout innings and no more than two hits allowed.  
Gonzalez set a Washington Nationals record when he pitched 25
consecutive scoreless innings that ended on April 29, 2012. When the
2012 MLB All-Star Game roster was announced on July 1, Gonzalez found
himself on it for the second time in his career. Later that same day,
he earned his 11th win on the season after the Nationals topped the
Atlanta Braves, 8-4. Gonzalez would earn one more win in his last
start before the All-Star break, pushing his record to 12-3 and
lowering his ERA to 2.92, and in doing so, was tied for the most
number of wins on the first half of the season. His win total tied a
Nationals record set in 2005 by Livan Hernandez. 
"Farmers Insurance is a leading U.S. insurer of auto, homes and small
businesses, and a top supporter of charitable, educational and
athletic endeavors," said Dezii. "We are proud to help recognize and
honor excellence in athletics, and congratulate Gio Gonzalez." 
On August 8, 2012, Gonzalez hit his first career home run off Houston
Astros pitcher Armando Galarraga and pitched his second career
complete game. On August 31, Gonzalez pitched his first career
shutout in a 10-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals. When Gonzalez and
the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers on September 22, it moved
his record to 20-8 and he became the first pitcher in the MLB to
reach the 20-win mark on the season. He finished the regular season
with a major league best 2
1 wins, to go along with a 2.89 ERA and 207
strikeouts, winning the 2012 Warren Spahn Award as the best
left-handed pitcher in the majors.  
Warren Spahn, one of the best left-handed pitchers in Major League
Baseball history, played his entire 21-year baseball career in the
National League. He won 20 games each in 13 seasons, including a 23-7
record when he was age 42. Spahn was the 1957 Cy Young Award winner,
and was the runner-up three times, all during the period when just
one award was given. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
1973. Spahn won 363 games, more than any other left-handed pitcher in
history, and more than any other pitcher who played his entire career
in the post-1920 live-ball era. 
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is a leading U.S. insurer of
automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide
range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers
Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more
than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the
efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly
24,000 employees. 
Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the
Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a
management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is
wholly owned by the Zurich Insurance Group. The Farmers Exchanges are
three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance
Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries
and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers
Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers,
visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at
Jerry Davies
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