Tag: 2016

2016 – Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes tries to convince umpire C.B. Buckner that an A.J. Reed drive to center is unplayable at the outfield fence but Buckner is not fooled. Reed jogs home with an inside-the-park homer to start an 8-5 victory. Dallas Keuchel tosses five shutout innings. 

2016 – Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes tries to convince umpire C.B. Buckner that an A.J. Reed drive to center is unplayable at the outfield fence but Buckner is not fooled. Reed jogs home with an inside-the-park homer to start an 8-5 victory. Dallas Keuchel tosses five shutout innings. 

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2016 – Astros sign 40-year-old outfielder Carlos Beltran to a one-year deal for $16 million. Beltran becomes the Designated Hitter, batting .231 with 14 homers, and providing veteran leadership to the team’s many Latin players. His reward is to close out his career with the Worlds Championship he had previously lacked. 

2016 – Astros sign 40-year-old outfielder Carlos Beltran to a one-year deal for $16 million. Beltran becomes the Designated Hitter, batting .231 with 14 homers, and providing veteran leadership to the team’s many Latin players. His reward is to close out his career with the Worlds Championship he had previously lacked. 

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A record number of six teams are assessed luxury tax payments for the coming season. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers ($31.8 million) and Yankees ($27.4 million) lead the pack of profligate spenders by a long shot. They are joined by Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and the Cubs, who are all assessed penalties under $5 million. The Yankees have been assessed a penalty in each of the 14 years the system has been in existence.

A record number of six teams are assessed luxury tax payments for the coming season. Not surprisingly, the Dodgers ($31.8 million) and Yankees ($27.4 million) lead the pack of profligate spenders by a long shot. They are joined by Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and the Cubs, who are all assessed penalties under $5 million. The Yankees have been assessed a penalty in each of the 14 years the system has been in existence.

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The Giants make the final payment on AT&T Park, 17 years after playing their first game in the new ballpark located in the China Basin. The team’s home, originally known as Pacific Bell Park when the gates opened in 2000, was built by HOK Sport at the cost of $357 million.

The Giants make the final payment on AT&T Park, 17 years after playing their first game in the new ballpark located in the China Basin. The team’s home, originally known as Pacific Bell Park when the gates opened in 2000, was built by HOK Sport at the cost of $357 million.

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2016 – The Dodgers re-sign closer Kenley Jansen for five years and $80 million, while the Rays finalize their deal with C Wilson Ramos, drawn away from the Nationals by a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.

2016 – The Dodgers re-sign closer Kenley Jansen for five years and $80 million, while the Rays finalize their deal with C Wilson Ramos, drawn away from the Nationals by a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.

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The news out of the winter meetings in National Harbor, MD is that the Yankees have brought back closer Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract. The Yankees sent Chapman to the Cubs at last year’s trading deadline in return for a boatload of prospects; the fireballer then helped the Cubs clinch their first World Series title in over a century before returning to the Bronx Bombers as a free agent.

The news out of the winter meetings in National Harbor, MD is that the Yankees have brought back closer Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract. The Yankees sent Chapman to the Cubs at last year’s trading deadline in return for a boatload of prospects; the fireballer then helped the Cubs clinch their first World Series title in over a century before returning to the Bronx Bombers as a free agent.

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In the annual Rule 5 draft, the Padres end up with the top three picks. Picking third, they make pre-arranged deals with the Twins and Reds, who hold the first two draft slots and select P Miguel Diaz and C Luis Torrens, respectively. Both teams send their selections San Diego’s way and with their own pick, the Pads then select IF Allen Cordoba, completing the unprecedented trifecta.

In the annual Rule 5 draft, the Padres end up with the top three picks. Picking third, they make pre-arranged deals with the Twins and Reds, who hold the first two draft slots and select P Miguel Diaz and C Luis Torrens, respectively. Both teams send their selections San Diego’s way and with their own pick, the Pads then select IF Allen Cordoba, completing the unprecedented trifecta.

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Bill King, former broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, is honored posthumously as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for meritorious service in baseball broadcasting. The award will be bestowed as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bill King, former broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, is honored posthumously as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for meritorious service in baseball broadcasting. The award will be bestowed as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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There is a lot of action at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, MD. The Nationals acquire OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for three young pitchers: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. The Royals trade closer Wade Davis to the Cubs in return for OF Jorge Soler and the Giants send P Chris Heston to the Mariners for a player to be named. Finally, the Rockies sign SS-turned-OF Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.

There is a lot of action at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, MD. The Nationals acquire OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for three young pitchers: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. The Royals trade closer Wade Davis to the Cubs in return for OF Jorge Soler and the Giants send P Chris Heston to the Mariners for a player to be named. Finally, the Rockies sign SS-turned-OF Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.

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Claire Smith, one of the first women to be a beat writer covering major league baseball, is the first female winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, honoring meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Smith first covered the New York Yankees for the Hartford Courant in 1983 and later was the main baseball reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1998 to 2007.

Claire Smith, one of the first women to be a beat writer covering major league baseball, is the first female winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, honoring meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Smith first covered the New York Yankees for the Hartford Courant in 1983 and later was the main baseball reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1998 to 2007.

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The Red Sox acquire RP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for 1B/3B Travis Shaw and two prospects – Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington. Later in the day, the Red Sox pull off an even bigger trade, sending top prospect Yoan Moncada and three others – Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz and Michael Kopech – to the White Sox for ace starter Chris Sale. Finally, Boston completes a busy day by signing free agent 1B Mitch Moreland.

The Red Sox acquire RP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for 1B/3B Travis Shaw and two prospects – Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington. Later in the day, the Red Sox pull off an even bigger trade, sending top prospect Yoan Moncada and three others – Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz and Michael Kopech – to the White Sox for ace starter Chris Sale. Finally, Boston completes a busy day by signing free agent 1B Mitch Moreland.

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2016 – A couple of important free agent signings are announced at the winter meetings taking place in National Harbor, MD. The Giants sign closer Mark Melancon for four years and and $62 million, after the lack of a reliable closer cost them dearly in the second half of the previous season and in the postseason. For their part, the Dodgers re-sign P Rich Hill for three years and $48 million, two years after the 36-year-old one-time reliever re-launched his career by going to the independent leagues and tried his luck as a starting pitcher.

2016 – A couple of important free agent signings are announced at the winter meetings taking place in National Harbor, MD. The Giants sign closer Mark Melancon for four years and and $62 million, after the lack of a reliable closer cost them dearly in the second half of the previous season and in the postseason. For their part, the Dodgers re-sign P Rich Hill for three years and $48 million, two years after the 36-year-old one-time reliever re-launched his career by going to the independent leagues and tried his luck as a starting pitcher.

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2016 – The Veterans Committee elects two executives, former Commissioner Bud Selig and GM John Schuerholz from the “Today’s Game” ballot featuring players and executives active after 1988. Schuerholz is a unanimous choice, while Selig receives 15 of 16 votes. Both will be formally inducted in July, 2017.

2016 – The Veterans Committee elects two executives, former Commissioner Bud Selig and GM John Schuerholz from the “Today’s Game” ballot featuring players and executives active after 1988. Schuerholz is a unanimous choice, while Selig receives 15 of 16 votes. Both will be formally inducted in July, 2017.

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2016 – For the sixth time in seven years, Reds 1B Joey Votto is named the recipient of the Tip O’Neill Award given out by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to honor the best baseball player in Canada. Votto hit .326 with a National League-leading .434 OBP, 29 homers and 97 RBIs in an outstanding all-around season for the last-place club.

2016 – For the sixth time in seven years, Reds 1B Joey Votto is named the recipient of the Tip O’Neill Award given out by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to honor the best baseball player in Canada. Votto hit .326 with a National League-leading .434 OBP, 29 homers and 97 RBIs in an outstanding all-around season for the last-place club.

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2016 – The Braves continue their off-season rebuild of their starting rotation. After signing 40-something free agents Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey last month, they trade three young players – Luke Dykstra, Chris Ellis and John Gant – to the Cardinals in return for veteran Jaime Garcia.

2016 – The Braves continue their off-season rebuild of their starting rotation. After signing 40-something free agents Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey last month, they trade three young players – Luke Dykstra, Chris Ellis and John Gant – to the Cardinals in return for veteran Jaime Garcia.

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2016 – Major League Baseball owners and the Players’ Association agree on a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. Highlights of the deal include: a raise in the threshold for luxury tax payments to $195 million in 2017, gradually rising to reach $210 million in 2021; the All-Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage for the World Series; and teams will no longer forfeit a first-round pick in the amateur draft if they sign a premium free agent. There is no agreement on instituting an international draft; instead, teams will have an annual $6 million bonus pool limit for international signings. The deal ensures that labor peace in MLB will have exceeded a quarter of a century by the time the agreement expires.

2016 – Major League Baseball owners and the Players’ Association agree on a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. Highlights of the deal include: a raise in the threshold for luxury tax payments to $195 million in 2017, gradually rising to reach $210 million in 2021; the All-Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage for the World Series; and teams will no longer forfeit a first-round pick in the amateur draft if they sign a premium free agent. There is no agreement on instituting an international draft; instead, teams will have an annual $6 million bonus pool limit for international signings. The deal ensures that labor peace in MLB will have exceeded a quarter of a century by the time the agreement expires.

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2016 – OF Yoennis Cespedes re-signs with the Mets for four years and $110 million. This averages out to $27.5 million per year, the most ever for a position player. He had opted out of the remaining two years of his contract to have another stab at free agency.

2016 – OF Yoennis Cespedes re-signs with the Mets for four years and $110 million. This averages out to $27.5 million per year, the most ever for a position player. He had opted out of the remaining two years of his contract to have another stab at free agency.

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Representatives of the Players’ Association and major league owners meet in Irving, TX to renew the Collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire at the end of the week. At issue are free agent compensation and particularly the qualifying offer system, the possibility of extending the amateur draft to international players, a possible raise in the threshold for luxury tax payments, roster size, the level of the minimum salary, revenue sharing and salary arbitration.

Representatives of the Players’ Association and major league owners meet in Irving, TX to renew the Collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire at the end of the week. At issue are free agent compensation and particularly the qualifying offer system, the possibility of extending the amateur draft to international players, a possible raise in the threshold for luxury tax payments, roster size, the level of the minimum salary, revenue sharing and salary arbitration.

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2016 – The Best Nine awards for 2016 are announced. The most notable selection is Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters being named the top pitcher and the top DH in the Pacific League for his incredible two-way season, hitting .322/.416/.588 while going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA.

2016 – The Best Nine awards for 2016 are announced. The most notable selection is Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters being named the top pitcher and the top DH in the Pacific League for his incredible two-way season, hitting .322/.416/.588 while going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA.

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Ralph Branca, most famous for giving up the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to Bobby Thomson while pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 three-game playoff, passes away in Rye, NY at the age of 90. Branca was an All-Star in his own right, and a twenty-game winner, but observers usually reduced his career to one unfortunate moment.

Ralph Branca, most famous for giving up the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to Bobby Thomson while pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 three-game playoff, passes away in Rye, NY at the age of 90. Branca was an All-Star in his own right, and a twenty-game winner, but observers usually reduced his career to one unfortunate moment.

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President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the past 67 seasons. The recently retired play-by-play announcer joins other baseball notables, including Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, to have received the nation’s highest civilian honor.

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the past 67 seasons. The recently retired play-by-play announcer joins other baseball notables, including Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, to have received the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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OF Mike Trout of the Angels wins his second AL MVP Award, finishing ahead of Boston’s Mookie Betts. In the National League, second-year 3B Kris Bryant of the Cubs is a runaway winner one year after being named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

OF Mike Trout of the Angels wins his second AL MVP Award, finishing ahead of Boston’s Mookie Betts. In the National League, second-year 3B Kris Bryant of the Cubs is a runaway winner one year after being named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

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2016 – Winners of the Cy Young Awards are announced today. Max Scherzer of Washington becomes the 6th pitcher to win the award in both leagues when he prevails in the vote in the National League after going 20-7 during the season. In the American League, Boston’s Rick Porcello, who went 22-4, is the winner over Justin Verlander of the Tigers in a very close race.

2016 – Winners of the Cy Young Awards are announced today. Max Scherzer of Washington becomes the 6th pitcher to win the award in both leagues when he prevails in the vote in the National League after going 20-7 during the season. In the American League, Boston’s Rick Porcello, who went 22-4, is the winner over Justin Verlander of the Tigers in a very close race.

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Max Scherzer is named the recipient of the National League’s Cy Young Award, making the 32 year-old, who also won the award in American League award in 2013 with the Tigers, the sixth hurler in baseball history to cop the honor in both circuits. The Washington right-hander led the NL with 20 wins, compiling a major league-leading 284 strikeouts during his 228.1 innings of work for the first-place Nationals.

Max Scherzer is named the recipient of the National League’s Cy Young Award, making the 32 year-old, who also won the award in American League award in 2013 with the Tigers, the sixth hurler in baseball history to cop the honor in both circuits. The Washington right-hander led the NL with 20 wins, compiling a major league-leading 284 strikeouts during his 228.1 innings of work for the first-place Nationals.

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Dustin Nippert of the Doosan Bears is named KBO MVP for 2016 after going 22-3 with a 2.95 ERA; he is only the second foreign pitcher to win the award. The KBO Rookie of the Year goes to the Nexen Heroes’ Jae-young Shin, who won 15 games with a 3.90 ERA in a hitter-friendly environment.

Dustin Nippert of the Doosan Bears is named KBO MVP for 2016 after going 22-3 with a 2.95 ERA; he is only the second foreign pitcher to win the award. The KBO Rookie of the Year goes to the Nexen Heroes’ Jae-young Shin, who won 15 games with a 3.90 ERA in a hitter-friendly environment.

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2016 – The Athletics trade veteran IF Danny Valencia, whose job was taken over by rookie Ryon Healy late in the season, to the Mariners in return for P Paul Blackburn. Valencia and DH Billy Butler had been in a clubhouse fight late in the year, and both are now gone from the A’s.

2016 – The Athletics trade veteran IF Danny Valencia, whose job was taken over by rookie Ryon Healy late in the season, to the Mariners in return for P Paul Blackburn. Valencia and DH Billy Butler had been in a clubhouse fight late in the year, and both are now gone from the A’s.

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2016 – In off-season dealings, the Braves sign their second 40-something starting pitcher in two days, inking Bartolo Colon to a contract one day after adding R.A. Dickey. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays sign free agent DH Kendrys Morales and Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., sending signals that the era of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who are both free agents, may be over.

2016 – In off-season dealings, the Braves sign their second 40-something starting pitcher in two days, inking Bartolo Colon to a contract one day after adding R.A. Dickey. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays sign free agent DH Kendrys Morales and Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., sending signals that the era of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who are both free agents, may be over.

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2016 – David Ortiz goes out a winner as he wins the Silver Slugger Award at DH in the American League for the 7th time in his final season. He is joined by another 7-time winner, 1B Miguel Cabrera, while at the other end of the scale, SS Corey Seager is honored at SS in the Nationals League in his rookie season.

2016 – David Ortiz goes out a winner as he wins the Silver Slugger Award at DH in the American League for the 7th time in his final season. He is joined by another 7-time winner, 1B Miguel Cabrera, while at the other end of the scale, SS Corey Seager is honored at SS in the Nationals League in his rookie season.

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Jose Fernandez becomes the first major league player to receive a major award posthumously as he is named the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the National League, underlining his excellent return from arm surgery before he was tragically killed in a boating accident in September. In the American League, major league home run leader Mark Trumbo receives the honor.

Jose Fernandez becomes the first major league player to receive a major award posthumously as he is named the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the National League, underlining his excellent return from arm surgery before he was tragically killed in a boating accident in September. In the American League, major league home run leader Mark Trumbo receives the honor.

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The Major League Baseball Players Association decides to fire arbitrator Fredric Horowitz because of disagreement over his ruling in the case of an injury to Dodgers infielder Charlie Culberson. Horowitz had replaced Shyam Das in 2012.

The Major League Baseball Players Association decides to fire arbitrator Fredric Horowitz because of disagreement over his ruling in the case of an injury to Dodgers infielder Charlie Culberson. Horowitz had replaced Shyam Das in 2012.

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2016 – Winners of the Gold Glove are announced in both leagues. Yadier Molina’s eight-year reign as the National League’s best defensive catcher ends, as the honor goes to Buster Posey. Other first-time winners include SS Francisco Lindor and 2B Ian Kinsler in the AL, and 1B Anthony Rizzo in the NL.

2016 – Winners of the Gold Glove are announced in both leagues. Yadier Molina’s eight-year reign as the National League’s best defensive catcher ends, as the honor goes to Buster Posey. Other first-time winners include SS Francisco Lindor and 2B Ian Kinsler in the AL, and 1B Anthony Rizzo in the NL.

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2016 – The Rockies hire former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black to be their new skipper. A year ago, Black had been selected by the Nationals to manage them, but the two sides had been unable to come to terms on salary.

2016 – The Rockies hire former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black to be their new skipper. A year ago, Black had been selected by the Nationals to manage them, but the two sides had been unable to come to terms on salary.

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2016 – Po-Jung Wang of the Lamigo Monkeys is named both CPBL MVP and Rookie of the Year for 2016, the second position player so honored (following Yi-Chuan Lin in 2009). Wang had set league records for hits (200), runs (130), average (.414) and total bases. Teammate Hung-Yu Lin is picked to the Best Ten twice – once as the league’s best catcher and once as the best DH, the first player to pull off a feat like that.

2016 – Po-Jung Wang of the Lamigo Monkeys is named both CPBL MVP and Rookie of the Year for 2016, the second position player so honored (following Yi-Chuan Lin in 2009). Wang had set league records for hits (200), runs (130), average (.414) and total bases. Teammate Hung-Yu Lin is picked to the Best Ten twice – once as the league’s best catcher and once as the best DH, the first player to pull off a feat like that.

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The Diamondbacks hire Torey Lovullo as their new manager. It is his first official managing job in the majors, but he filled in ably with the Red Sox when John Farrell was fighting cancer during the second half of 2015.

The Diamondbacks hire Torey Lovullo as their new manager. It is his first official managing job in the majors, but he filled in ably with the Red Sox when John Farrell was fighting cancer during the second half of 2015.

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