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Thu Nov 1521:51New colors and logo for Derek Jeter's MarlinsJ.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are in the midst of a rebranding campaign, and it's unclear whether the effort will include keeping National League Most Valuable Players for a change.As of now, the Marlins are merely making cosmetic tweaks, unveiling a new logo and color scheme for Derek Jeter's year-old ownership regime.The downtrodden franchise celebrated its new look at a red-carpet event Thursday night just as Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was being named the NL MVP. That makes it two consecutive winners of the award traded by the Marlins last offseason, with Yelich joining 2017 MVP Giancarlo Stanton, now with the New York Yankees.The trades were part of a payroll purge and rebuilding effort under the ownership, and Jeter said he understands why the deals might make the franchise a target of derision."I get it. It's a complicated history," he said. "I understand that sometimes we take the blame for what has happened here in the past. We have to prove that wrong."We... [More]
Thu Nov 1521:11Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP AwardsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
J.D. MartínezDHRed SoxFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston."I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun," he said Thursday after his runaway victory for the AL MVP award.Milwaukee's Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honor. A 26-year-old outfielder just like Betts, Yelich also won a batting championship and led his team to a division title. But while Betts has been with the Red Sox since he signed after the 2011 amateur draft, Yelich didn't join the Brewers until he was dealt to Milwaukee last January by the payroll-paring Miami Marlins."I'm thankful it all worked out because being traded, you never know how it's going to be," Yelich said. "Luckily for myself, it all went amazing."Yelich is signed through 2021 and his deal includes a team option for the ... [More]
Thu Nov 1519:01Boston's Betts, Milwaukee's Yelich win MVP AwardsNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
J.D. MartínezDHRed SoxFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included batting titles.Betts received 28 first-place votes and 410 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Thursday.Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, a two-time MVP, followed with one first-place vote and 265 points. Trout tied the record of four second-place finishes shared by Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols. Trout won in 2014 and 2016; was finished second in '12, '13 and '15; and was fourth in 2017.Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez was third with 208 points, and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez was next with one first and 198 points.Betts hit a major league-leading .346 with 32 homers, 80 RBIs and 30 stolen bases as the leadoff hitter for the Red Sox, who won a team-record 108 games ... [More]
Thu Nov 1518:31Milwaukee's Christian Yelich wins NL MVP AwardNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich was a runaway winner for the National League Most Valuable Player award after helping the Brewers return to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.Yelich received 29 first-place votes and 415 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Thursday.Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez was next with 250 points, followed by Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado with 203. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman finished fourth with 174, and the other first-place vote went to New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, the NL Cy Young Award winner, who finished fifth.Acquired from the payroll-paring Miami Marlins about a month before spring training, the 26-year-old Yelich won his first NL batting title — and the first in Brewers history — with a .326 average. He set career highs with 36 homers and 110 RBIs and had a 1.000 OPS.Yelich nearly became the NL's first Triple Crown winner since Joe Medwick in 1... [More]
Thu Nov 1516:11It must be the shoes: MLB deal reached on colors of spikesSteve CishekRPCubsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2BCubsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Peace in baseball is at hand — well, at feet.Major League Baseball and the players' association ended a footwear flap Thursday, agreeing to loosen restrictions on the colors of spikes that may be used.Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek of the Chicago Cubs wore black spikes in May despite a warning from the commissioner's office that they were violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.The majority requirement was eliminated under the new agreement. Players may now wear shows with black, white, any colors on the team's uniform and additional colors approved by the team.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says "we believe that this agreement strikes the appropriate balance between the shared goal of permitting players to express their individuality while maintaining reasonable restrictions on shoe colors and designs."The new rules take effect for next season."Players welcome the expanded opportunity to express themselves and engage with fans through innovative design," union head Tony Clark says.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Wed Nov 1421:46Mets' deGrom says no agent yet, open to extension talksYoenis CéspedesLFMetsFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom says he has not yet chosen a new agent after Brodie Van Wagenen left his agency to become Mets general manager, and the NL Cy Young Award winner is open to discussing a contract extension with New York.Speaking on Wednesday night after being awarded his first Cy Young, deGrom said he is still "trying to figure everything out" after Van Wagenen gave up his career as an agent to deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier and others to become the Mets' general manager last month.The 30-year-old right-hander is under contractual control with New York through the 2020 season. He says he is open to signing an extension with the Mets, but says no discussions have begun. He says his "goal is to continue to keep an open dialogue and just see where things go."Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon has said there are provisions in Van Wagenen's contract "to deal with any conflicts of interest." Some players and rival agents have expressed concerns about Van Wagenen flipping labor-relations roles.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1421:46Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Barry ZitoFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.The AL prize also reflected a change in voters' values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014."I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect," deGrom said."I feel like it's just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings," Snell said. "I think that's just the way it's going."DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Sc... [More]
Wed Nov 1420:56Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Barry ZitoFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.The AL prize also reflected a change in voters' values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014."I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect," deGrom said."I feel like it's just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings," Snell said. "I think that's just the way it's going."DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Sc... [More]
Wed Nov 1420:36Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 seasonMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title.The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season.The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022.In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team's fourth championship in 15 seasons.He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday."We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. "His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with ... [More]
Wed Nov 1419:16Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes ALChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Barry ZitoFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.DeGrom easily beat out Washington's Max Scherzer, who was seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Scherzer had the other first-place vote.Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beat out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first AL Cy Young after leading the majors with 21 victories.In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke's 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old ... [More]
Wed Nov 1419:06Winner, winner! Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low winsChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Barry ZitoFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has easily won the National League Cy Young Award, and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has edged out two past winners for the American League prize.DeGrom won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. He got 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Washington's Max Scherzer got the other first-place vote and finished second while seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall.Snell narrowly beat Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first AL Cy Young after leading the majors with 21 victories.In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke's 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters set by Seattle's Felix Hernandez whe... [More]
Wed Nov 1418:36Cy-zilla! Snell edges Verlander for AL Cy Young AwardCorey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays has won his first AL Cy Young Award in a tight race over past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber.Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to 13 firsts and 154 points for Verlander. Boston's Chris Sale was third with 59 points.The left-hander nicknamed Snellzilla led the majors with 21 victories, and his 1.89 ERA was tops in the AL. The 25-year-old left-hander pitched just 180 2/3 innings, 33 1/3 fewer than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate.Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houson. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit.Kluber was attempting to win his second straight Cy Young and third overall. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.The NL prize was to be announced later Wednesday.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1417:46Indians trade INF Gonzalez to Pirates in 5-player swapMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Erik GonzálezSSPiratesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Max Moroff2B/SSIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They're keeping their bigger ones — for now.Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.The AL Central champions sent the 27-year-old Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the Indians last season, along with minor league right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. And while he filled a valuable utility role, he was not going to crack the starting lineup behind All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez."That was a tough thing for us," Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. "We've had multiple conversations with Erik about it. He's done so many things to impact the organization in his time with ... [More]
Wed Nov 1417:06Steinbrenner on Machado comments: 'That ain't going to sell'Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Flush with cash, the New York Yankees may take a run at Manny Machado.But first, the slugging infielder would have some explaining to do.Arriving in Atlanta for two days of owners meetings at a hotel next to the Braves' SunTrust Park, Hal Steinbrenner discussed the state of a team that has one of baseball's most dynamic young rosters but came up short in the playoffs the last two seasons.The Yankees owner has plenty of money to spend after coming in under the luxury tax threshold last season for the first time since the penalty took effect in 2003. While the top priority is starting pitching, New York is also mentioned as a contender for one of the winter's biggest free-agent prizes.Machado is a dynamic player but comes with plenty of baggage, including the reputation as a dirty player and his admission that he's "not the type of player that's going to be Johnny Hustle " after he jogged out a groundball during the NL Championship Series."Certainly, those comments are t... [More]
Wed Nov 1416:26Indians send INF Gonzalez to Pirates in 5-player swapErik GonzálezSSPiratesFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFIndiansFree Agent
Max Moroff2B/SSIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.Cleveland sent Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the AL Central champions last season, and right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. Gonzalez filled a utility role for the Indians, but was not going to be able to get into the starting lineup behind All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.The 25-year-old Luplow brings needed depth to Cleveland's outfield, which was decimated by injuries last season. He appeared in 64 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates, who named him their top minor league player in 2017.Moroff has split the last three seasons between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, appearing in 26 games for the Pirates in 2018.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 1321:06Oakland's Melvin, Atlanta's Snitker voted top managersBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Jharel CottonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Kendall GravemanSPAthleticsFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Sean ManaeaSPAthleticsFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Andrew TriggsSPAthleticsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Melvin's job was a lot different as a rookie manager with Seattle in 2002, and even when he was voted Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012."Organizations and certainly front offices are more a part of it now, and you have to understand that," Melvin said Tuesday after winning his third manager award.Melvin won the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award following a surprising first-place finish, a reward for a 63-year-old baseball lifer who has spent 42 seasons with the Braves. He thought back to how he returned to the minor leagues in 1986, 1991 and 2004 after stints on the staff of the big league Braves."Hey, I've been recycled three times from the major leagues as a coach," he said. "Everything that I've been through I think has prepared me better to understand what these guys go through and what thi... [More]
Tue Nov 1319:36Oakland's Melvin, Atlanta's Snitker voted top managersBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Jharel CottonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Sean ManaeaSPAthleticsFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Oakland's Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor Tuesday after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.Atlanta's Brian Snitker won the National League award following the Braves' surprising first-place finish.Melvin received 18 first-place votes, 19 seconds and one third for 121 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He is the eighth manager to win three or more times and is one shy of the record shared by Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. Melvin won with Oakland in 2012 and took the NL honor with Arizona in 2007.His A's went 97-65 — a 22-win improvement over 2017 — even with a $68.6 million payroll when the season began. They overcame a 34-36 start to go a big league-best from June 16 on, even though Jharel Cotton, A.J. Puk, Sean Manaea, Brett Anderson and several other starting pitchers got hurt. They lost to the New York Yankees in the... [More]
Tue Nov 1315:06Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has surgery on left kneeSteven WrightSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for an injury that kept him out of the World Series.The team says Dr. Riley Williams operated Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Williams also performed a debridement to remove damaged tissue.Wright was removed from the Division Series roster following the opener against the New York Yankees, a day after reinjuring his left knee during a workout.An All-Star in 2016, Wright started the 2018 season late following recovery from left knee surgery and a 15-game domestic violence suspension. The 34-year-old right-hander made four starts and six relief appearances, went back on the disabled list in late June because of the knee, then returned in September.Wright went 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in four starts and 16 relief appearances.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Nov 1302:56Acuna honored to be named National League Rookie of the YearRonald AcunaCFBravesFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniSP/DHAngelsFree Agent
Juan SotoRFNationalsFree Agent
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year.Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds."I'm just flattered, I'm so honored," Acuna said through a translator. "My career is just starting. There are so many things I need to do to be a better player. I'll take advice from anyone who will help me improve."Acuna received 27 first-place votes and three seconds for 144 points. Soto got two firsts and 89 points, and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was next with one first and 28 points.Both Acuna and Soto are in Japan with a major league All-Star team.Acuna started the season at Triple-A and made his debut on April 25, the youngest player in the majors then at 20 years, 128 days at the time. The Venezuelan hit .293 with 26 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 steals with a .917 OPS. He set a Braves record with eight leadoff home... [More]
Mon Nov 1221:25Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna takes NL honorRonald AcunaCFBravesFree Agent
Miguel Andujar3BYankeesFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniSP/DHAngelsFree Agent
Juan SotoRFNationalsFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiRFMarinersFree Agent
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound.Baseball's best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow injury that stymied his switch from Japan to the major leagues and likely will prevent him from pitching next year."I was just kind of disappointed I wasn't able to play a full season," he said through a translator. "I feel like every player should be able to play a full year and help out the team. So that's something I need to work on, and that's going to be one of my goals, to stay healthy for a long full season and be able to the team win from day one."Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was a runaway choice for the NL honor over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds.A singular sensation who earned a chorus of praise for his dual success, Ohtani became the first... [More]
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