Category Archives: Awards

Harper, Donaldson, MVPs

Josh Harper of the Washington Nationals was the unanimous winner of the NL MVP, and Josh Donaldson of Toronto was announced the AL MVP last night.

Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees received consideration.

Harper is one of the youngest players to win the award.


Arrieta, Kuechel, CYA winners

Dallas Keuchel of Houston and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs were announced as the CYA winners last night for the AL and NL respectively.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances of the Yankees each got some CYA consideration in the voting.

The Brewers traded closer K-Rod to the Tigers.

The AL and NL MVPs will be announced tonight.

Maddon, Bannister Mgrs. of Year

Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers were named the Managers of the Year last night.

Joe Girardi of the Yankees finished fifth.

David Ortiz is apparently retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

Harkey back as bullpen coach


Mike Harkey is back as the Yankees bullpen coach as the Yanks are bringing back almost all of their coaches. The only other change was at hitting coach, reported earlier.

Yogi Berra and Willie Mays are two of the newest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s too bad Yogi died before he could receive the award.

The Rookies of the Year were named: Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Carlos Correa of Houston.

Brett Gardner may or may not be still on the trading block, but one possible suitor (Seattle) may be out after the Mariners made a deal with Texas for Leonys Martin.

The managers of the year will be announced tonight.

McCann wins Silver Slugger Award


Well, one Yankee won a postseason award.

After getting shut out for Gold Glove winners, the Yankees’ Brian McCann nabbed a Silver Slugger Award for the best hitting catcher in the AL for 2015.

McCann hit just .232, but had 26 HR and 94 RBI. OPS+107.

The workload may have taken a toll in September, however. In the last 23 games that McCann played in the regular season, he hit .167 with just one extra-base hit, dropping that batting average from .245 to .232.  The Yanks will have to try to keep him fresh for down the stretch in September 2016.

Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Fielder, Harvey, comeback players of the year.

Prince Fielder and Matt Harvey were named Comeback Players of the Year.

Mark Teixeira and A-Rod were candidates. I would think that the voters, in A-Rod’s instance, would have preferred to vote for someone coming off injury rather than a suspension for steroid usage.

Recent passings:

Norm Siebern, a backup OF for the Yanks in 1956 and regular OF for the Yanks in 1958 and 1959. He was a 3x All-Star for the KC A’s and Baltimore Orioles, and finished 7th in the 1962 MVP voting. He hit .300 and won a Gold Glove for the 1958 WS Champion Yankees.

John Tsitouris, a pitcher for the early-60’s Reds.

Eddie Milner, OF for the 1980s Reds.

Garry Hancock, OF for the early 1980s Red Sox.  (Rookie in 1978).