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Boone 5th for AL MOY. Melvin wins. Snitker wins in NL. CYA winners announced today.

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Bob Melvin of the A’s won the AL Manager of the Year Award. It’s the third time he has won the award. Alex Cora of the WS Champion Red Sox was the runnerup.

Aaron Boone of the Yankees got two third-place votes and finished fifth in the AL voting.

The NL MOY was Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves.

Winning a lot of games, as Boone did (100) or Cora (108) doesn’t necessarily get you the award. Usually it goes to a manager whose team did far better than expected. The Braves improved by 18 games, from 72 to 90 wins to win the NL East. The A’s improved by 22 games, from 75 to 97 wins, to gain the second wild card slot this year.

Tonight, the CYA winners will be announced.

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Managers of the Year selected today. … and what is or isn’t a rookie?

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Awards week continues as the Managers of the Year will be named tonight.

With last night’s win of the AL ROY by Shohei Ohtani, it once again begs the question of when a Japanese player comes to the U.S. and MLB, what is and what isn’t a rookie?

Ohtani won because of his two-way play, not only hitting .285-22-61, 10 SB, OPS+ 152 in 104 games, but also going 4-2, 3.31, ERA+ 126 in 10 starts before his elbow blew out. That was enough to beat out the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, who hit .297-27-92, OPS+ 126, but who had defensive liabilities.

The vote wasn’t as close as maybe it should have been. 25 first place votes to 5. (The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres finished third, but received no first place votes).

Because of his two-way status, I really feel that as long as Ohtani didn’t fall flat on his face, and he didn’t, that the novelty of being the first true two-way player since Babe Ruth almost 100 years ago would win him the award, and it did.

Ohtani had spent five years in the “Japanese major leagues” though. Other Japanese players have won the Rookie of the Year Award after coming over to the U.S., notably Ichiro Suzuki, who won both the AL ROY and AL MVP in 2001.

But what about 2003, when Hideki Matsui was denied the award in part because people felt he wasn’t a “rookie”, because he had spent 10 years in the “Japanese majors”?

The inconsistency of the BBWAA is still astonishing.

Of course, in a couple of months, some members will prove their ignorance in how they voted in the HOF voting.

 

Awards week. Today, ROY.

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It’s Awards week. Awards will be announced at 6 PM eastern.

Today (Monday): Rookies of the year. In the AL, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar of the Yankees and Shohei Ohtani of the Angels are in the top 3.

Tuesday: Managers of the Year.

Wednesday: Cy Young Awards.

Thursday: MVPs.

 

Yankees looking for new manager at AAA SWB.

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From the NY Post:

The Yankees didn’t renew the contract of Bobby Mitchell, their manager of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Cashman confirmed. The Times Leader of Scranton first reported the news.

Steinbrenner and Piniella on HOF list, Finalists listed for major awards.

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The Top 3 finishers for next week’s awards have been named. From MLB.com

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox:

Many thought teammate J.D. Martinez might join him as a finalist, but he missed the cut, meaning he won’t be in the top 3.

Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians:

Mike Trout, OF, Angels:

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies:

Javier Baez, 2B/SS, Cubs:

Christian Yelich, OF, Brewers:

 

AL CY YOUNG
Corey Kluber, RHP, Indians: After winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and ’17, Kluber is a finalist for the third straight year.

Blake Snell, LHP, Rays:

Justin Verlander, RHP, Astros:

NL CY YOUNG
Jacob deGrom, RHP Mets:

Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies:

Max Scherzer, RHP, Nationals:

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Miguel Andujar, 3B, Yankees:

Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels:

Gleyber Torres, 2B, Yankees:

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Braves:

Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers:

Juan Soto, OF, Nationals:

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Cash, Rays:

Alex Cora, Red Sox:

Bob Melvin, A’s:

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Bud Black, Rockies:

Craig Counsell, Brewers:

Brian Snitker, Braves:

 

From ESPN.COM

Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Era committee to consider next month.

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Joe Carter also are on the ballot for the 16-man committee — which meets Dec. 9 at the winter meetings in Las Vegas — to consider. The committee considers candidates from 1998 to the present, and a candidate needs at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected.

Fischer, who gave up Mantle blast in 1963, dies. Free agency begins. A minor move by Yanks, and Texas has a new manager.

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Free agency season has begun, and we will see how the bidding shakes out and who goes where.

Bill Fischer, the pitcher who gave up the HR on 5/22/1963 to Mickey Mantle that almost cleared Yankee Stadium, died Oct. 30 at the age of 88. The blast missed clearing the facade (frieze) by about 18 inches.

The Yanks made a minor move on Friday, getting infielder Hanser Alberto from Texas off the waiver line. Alberto, 26, plays all infield positions and has 89 games of MLB experience, hitting .192-0-9 in 182 MLB at bats, OPS+18. He is a righty batter. Like I said, a minor move.

Forget about Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers opting out of his contract. He signed a 3 yr. extension worth $93MM.

Texas named a new manager. Dodgers’ 3B coach Chris Woodward, who last year interviewed for the Yankees’ job that went to Aaron Boone, is the choice.

 

Gardner back; Classless Cora; RIP Willie McCovey, Hall of Famer.

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The Yanks will have Brett Gardner back in 2019, and it was a good move in how they are bringing him back.

The Yanks declined his $12.5MM contract, buying him out at $2.5MM. They then turned around and brought him back for 2019 at $7MM, saving $3MM in the process.

A good move on both ends. Gardner remains with the only MLB team he has ever been with, the Yankees. The Yankees don’t have to pay as much next year for a 35 year old coming off a bad season (.236-12-45, 16 SB, OPS+ just 86, 14% BELOW league average). Not only that, in the final couple of months, Gardner lost his job to Andrew McCutchen, expected to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

If Gardner can revert back to form in 2019, a good deal for the Yanks. Cost-effective production. If not, it is a 1-year deal, and the Yanks could trade or cut Gardner mid-2019, it won’t cost too much to do, and maybe Clint Frazier or Jacoby Ellsbury can do something in place of Gardner. Of course, both Frazier (concussion) and Ellsbury (various incidents inc. hip surgery) are question marks right now.

(Updated 11/4: I can see a platoon of Gardner/Frazier in LF if Frazier is healthy, and perhaps Frazier takes over. As for Ellsbury, who knows? At 35, Gardner’s playing time will probably be, and would have to be, reduced. Gardner hit .260 up until July 9, .206 thereafter.)

Alex Cora, manager of the WS Champion Red Sox, proved he has absolutely NO class. In the postseason celebration today, he said something that even if I were a Red Sox fan, I would be quite upset about it if I had a young child with me at that celebration. I won’t repeat it. He mentioned about how the Red Sox scored 16 runs in Game 3 of the ALDS and used a profanity afterward. No class. Hey Alex, congratulations on winning 108 and then the WS. Need I remind you that you were a great manager this year (I don’t know about the future) but that you were NOT that great a player? Really, I wonder how you lasted 14 years in the majors with a 162 G. average of .243-4-36, OPS+ 72 (28% below league average), and in only 5 of those 14 years did you play in 100 or more games. Pick up a lot of splinters in your ass while riding the pine? Anyway, can you imagine someone like Joe McCarthy or Joe Torre using those words to denigrate an opponent? And you wonder why the world is like it is in a lot of ways today. NO CLASS CORA.

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died today at the age of 80. With two out and men on second and third in the bottom of the ninth of game 7 of the 1962 WS, McCovey scorched a liner right at Yankee 2B Bobby Richardson to end the game. If that ball were hit six feet to either side of Richardson, the Giants win the game 2-1 instead of the Yanks winning 1-0. Especially since the runner on second was Willie Mays. It was the last title of the Yanks’ great dynasty era. They lost the WS in 1963 and 1964 then the dynasty collapsed in 1965.

McCovey hit 521 HR in his career, the same total as Ted Williams and Frank Thomas. He won the ROY award in 1959,  when despite playing in just 52 games, he hit .354-13-38.

In his very first MLB game, he went 4 for 4 (single, triple, single, triple) against HOF pitcher Robin Roberts in 1959.

McCovey played in 4 decades, 1959-1980. SF Giants, 1959-1973, San Diego Padres 1974-1976, and back with the Giants 1977-1980.

He won the 1969 MVP Award, hitting .320-45-126, OPS+ 209 that year, leading the NL in HR, RBI, and the majors in OBP, SA, OPS, OPS+ and intentional walks. The runnerup for MVP that year was Tom Seaver of the Amazin’ Mets.

Three other times he finished Top 10 for MVP, inc. 3rd in 1968, when he also led the NL in HR and RBI.

He led the NL in HR 3X. RBI 2X. The majors in walks, once. He hit 2 HR in the 1969 All Star Game.

He was a 6x All-Star. He hit 18 grand slams.

McCovey Cove, the bay behind the RF wall at the Giants new ballpark, is named for him.

He played in 2 postseasons, the 1962 WS and the 1971 NLCS. In 8 games, he hit .310-3-7.

He was the 1977 Comeback POY at the age of 39.

Mostly a 1B, he did play some LF in his career.

His 162 g. average was .270-33-97, OPS+ 147.

After a rough 2018 in which he only hit .212-7-23, OPS+ just 79 in 63 games for Houston in 63 games, the Astros declined the option on Ex-Yankee Brian McCann. McCann did win a WS ring with them in 2017 when he hit .241-18-62 in 97 games, OPS+ 106. While with the Yanks 2014-2016, he was average. Had some pop, averaging 23 HR and 76 RBI / yr, but the shift killed him, as he only averaged a .235 batting average.

It appears his future (he turns 35 next year) is as a backup.