Jose Altuve Wins American League MVP Award

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was the clear favorite among Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters for the American League Most Valuable Player award, as he took 27 of 30 first-place votes en route to his first MVP nod. Altuve, a diminutive but dominating figure, led the American League in hits for the fourth-straight season and finished with a .346/.410/.547 slash with 24 home runs and 32 steals. While the Astros’ postseason success did not weigh in the balloting, the team’s 101-win regular season campaign surely did not hurt Altuve’s candidacy. Some thought it would be a tighter race between Altuve and the towering Aaron Judge, who was an easy choice for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Judge topped fifty homers while also pacing the A.L. in walks (as well as strikeouts). While he rebounded from a late-summer swoon to post a monster month of September, finishing with an excellent .284/.422/.627 campaign at the plate, Altuve’s steady excellence earned him the award. Third and fourth place went to Jose Ramirez of the Indians and Mike Trout of the Angels, respectively.

Best Major Leaguer field full of sluggers

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The much-anticipated announcement of the Esurance MLB Awards is set for 8 p.m. ET Friday, live on MLB Network and MLB.com, and that includes the biggest prize after all the industry-wide debate and balloting: Best Major Leaguer.

2018 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Major League Baseball has set the order for Competitive Balance Rounds A and B of next year’s draft, reports Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Those rounds, which take place after the completion of the first and second rounds, respectively, are comprised of picks awarded to teams that are considered in the bottom 10 in terms of market size and/or revenue. As Mayo explains, last season marked the beginning of MLB utilizing a more formulaic approach to determining Competitive Balance order rather than a lottery, as had been done in previous drafts since the Competitive Balance rounds’ inception prior to the 2013 season. The league’s formula took into account total revenue and winning percentage among the 14 teams that received Competitive Balance picks. Based on the results of that formula, the Rays, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Twins and Marlins were awarded the six picks in Comp Round A last year, with the other eight teams (D-backs, Padres, Rockies, Indians, Royals, Pirates, Orioles, Cardinals) all falling into Comp Round B

Stanton, Altuve capture first MVP Awards

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

Always a premier power threat, Giancarlo Stanton became the first player in Marlins team history to be honored with the National League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday.

Astros honored for great philanthropic efforts

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Major League Baseball titles keep coming for the Houston Astros, who have now been formally recognized in 2017 as the best in the game both on and off the field. The new world champions were presented with the coveted Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence in an announcement at the General Managers Meetings on Thursday in Orlando.

AL, NL MVP reveals next on Network

Nov 16, 2017 | No Comments

There’s jaw-dropping power on the ballot. There’s craftsmanship on there as well, players who’ve elevated hitting a baseball into an art form. Actually, that’s all of them. Finally, there’s the basic — and unanswerable — question of what constitutes “value.”

Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer Win Cy Young Awards

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

Indians ace Corey Kluber and Nationals ace Max Scherzer have been named the Cy Young Award winners in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced tonight. Scherzer has now won back-to-back Cy Young Awards and three total in his career after receiving 27 of the 30 first-place votes. (Clayton Kershaw received the other three first-place votes.) It’s the second AL Cy Young nod for Kluber, who won in even more convincing fashion with 28 of 30 first-place votes. (Chris Sale received the other two first-place votes in the AL.) More to come.

Kluber, Scherzer win Cy Young Awards

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

No strangers to the Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber once again proved themselves as aces among aces in 2017. Now, they’re back atop baseball’s pitching totem pole.

Extending Shohei Ohtani

Nov 15, 2017 | No Comments

If Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani signs with an MLB team, perhaps in the new year, he’ll be limited to a minor league deal.  The most Ohtani could receive is $3.535MM from the Rangers, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.  The Yankees and Twins are able to offer similar amounts.  The Pirates, Marlins, and Mariners can offer $1.5MM or more. 

Halladay memorial set for today in Florida

Nov 14, 2017 | No Comments

A celebration of life service for Roy Halladay will take place at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Gates at Spectrum Field will open at 3 p.m., and the event is open to the public, with free parking in lots surrounding the stadium. With a maximum seating capacity of 8,000, guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis