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  1. BBWAA awards finalists revealed on MLB Network

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is announcing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special airing right now (6:00 p.m. ET) on MLB Network. We will post those names here as they are rolled out…

  2. Previewing Saturday’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 2, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Feeling lost without live baseball in your life? Worry not, as some of the game’s top prospects will be on display in tonight’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Formerly known as the “Rising Stars”…

  3. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  4. Playing favorites finally comes back to bite Red Sox manager John Farrell

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    We’ve been over this before, but… Jonny Gomes against RHP in 2013: .258/.341/.404 in 151 AB Jonny Gomes against RHP career: .225/.310/.423 in 1,863 AB Daniel Nava against RHP in 2013: .322/.411/.484 in 339 AB Daniel Nava against RHP career: .292/.390/.443 in 657 AB John Farrell knows these numbers. He played Nava over Gomes against…

  5. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (93-69) vs. Oakland Athletics (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Oakland: Max Scherzer vs. Bartolo…

  6. When the “best” player who “unquestionably provides the most value to his team” is not the MVP

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I take it back. Heyman’s MVP column was not all that convoluted after all. That’s because I just read Buster Olney’s and I can’t recall anything as confounding. And that’s with 98% of it being excellent. It’s behind a paywall so you may not be able to read it. But I will do it justice…

  7. Sometimes September matters. Sometimes it doesn’t.

    Oct 1, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Jon Heyman prefaces his awards column with an explanation that he does take winning into account when he chooses an MVP. He also says that, if you differ, and if you simply view the MVP award as a “best player award” that’s fine. He just sees it another way. This, I think, is reasonable. He’s…

  8. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: American League

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Evan Longoria made his case for moving up the MVP ballot with his big game Monday, but while it’s safe to say the Rays wouldn’t have reached the postseason without him, he was still no better than the AL’s third best third baseman. It was, in fact, the year of the third baseman in the…

  9. When the standouts don’t stand out

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Obviously, offense in the year 2013 isn’t what it used to be. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt led the National League this year with a .954 OPS and was tied with Pedro Alvarez for first with 36 homers. It’s hardly a knock against him to say that those aren’t the totals we’re used to seeing leading the…

  10. Mike Trout expects Miguel Cabrera to win the AL MVP award

    Sep 29, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Angels outfielder Mike Trout isn’t expecting to go home with any hardware this off-season. The winner of last year’s AL Rookie of the Year award and a runner-up to Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera in AL MVP voting, Trout told Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times that his team’s poor season, and the successful season…

  11. It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Pillar

    The Rangers and Rays entered today’s action — the final day of regular season action — tied for the second AL Wild Card spot and remained so at the end of the day. While the Indians secured themselves top billing in the AL Wild Card play-in game, the Rangers and Rays will have to play…

  12. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  13. Alden Gonzalez explains why no Mike Trout extension is forthcoming

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Many have assumed that the Angels will try to work out a long-term deal with Mike Trout this winter before the price tag becomes even more overwhelming, but there’s a very good reason that won’t be happening. And it has a lot to do with that hideous Vernon Wells deal still taking a toll. The Angels…

  14. HBT Daily: Answering a few Twitter questions

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout, the Indians chances in the playoffs and who is the best baseball player NOT playing baseball?

  15. Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

  16. Mike Trout and the Angels haven’t discussed a long term deal

    Sep 25, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    From the L.A. Times, a story about the state of Mike Trout’s eventual crazy-riches. Current status: no discussions yet about any kind of long term deal for arguably the best player in baseball. He’s making just north of the minimum now, as the Angels only have him a token bump from last year’s minimum salary.…

  17. Alex Rios hits for the cycle against the Astros

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Rios is congratulated by teammate Andrus and manager Washington after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rangers outfielder Alex Rios became the third player this year to hit for the cycle Monday, doing so in just six innings against the hapless Astros. Oddly enough, all three cycles this year have been contained entirely within the AL West. The Angels’ Mike Trout had one in May against the Mariners, and the Astros’…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 19, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: Chris Davis with a two-run single in the 12th to win the game. Wei-Yin Chen gave up 11 hits but someone only three runs in five and two-thirds. Baltimore remains one back in the wild card. The Sox’ magic number for the division remains at three. Braves 5, Nationals 2: They’re…

  19. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 17, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays 6, Rangers 2: A homer and three RBI for Wil Myers as the Rays send the Rangers spiraling ever further into despair. Because the Indians lost too the Rangers didn’t fall out of the wild card slot, but they did fall out of the top spot, meaning that they’re now closer to falling out…

  21. Baseball America picks Twins prospect Byron Buxton as minor league player of the year

    Sep 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    Baseball America announced that Twins stud prospect Byron Buxton is their minor league player of the year after the 19-year-old center fielder dominated two levels of Single-A in his first full pro season. Picked second overall in the 2012 draft, Buxton hit .334 with 55 steals, 49 extra-base hits, 76 walks, and a .944 OPS…

  22. Play of the Day: Kole Calhoun comes out of nowhere to make a sliding grab

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun made a fantastic sliding catch in the top of the seventh today against the Rangers. Reliever Michael Kohn was trying to hold onto a 3-2 lead with runners on second and third and one out when Elvis Andrus popped up a first-pitch fastball into shallow right-center field just behind second base.…

  23. Joey Votto has reached base in nine consecutive trips to the plate

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto last made an out in the eighth inning on Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone 4-for-4 with five walks in nine trips to the plate against Dodger pitchers. Last night, in a 3-2 victory, Votto drew a walk off of Chris Capuano, singled…

  24. Miguel Cabrera exits after two innings with abdominal irritation

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday’s game with “abdominal discomfort” but felt good enough tonight to make the start at the hot corner against the Indians. Unfortunately, he was only able to go two innings tonight due to abdominal irritation, striking out in his only plate appearance. Andy Dirks took over at third base.…

  25. Scott Boras is all for 12-year contracts

    Aug 28, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

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    Scott Boras, when asked about the idea of signing guys for short contracts that cover their arbitration years: “I’m more into 12-year deals for young players,” Boras replied. “The M.O. is, you want to keep them in the franchise, and you want to be there for the fans and be a marquee for them. So…

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