"It's a shame that he's not up for all these major awards because in 1992, I was on the Oakland A's ballclub when Dennis Eckersley won the Cy Young and the MVP, and Zach had a better year," Darling said. "That, to me, is how you put it in perspective. He had a better year that I watched with my own eyes — one of the greatest years I've ever seen. Historic, call it whatever you want. I just know that he was dominant against baseball's hitters, and whenever you see someone who's dominant and can't be touched, that's something for a baseball nut like me to find incredibly noteworthy."