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Sources: St. Louis Agrees to Terms with Dexter Fowler

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals and outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to terms on a free agent deal to bring the former Chicago Cubs outfielder to St. Louis. Not willing or not able to meet the prices in a trade for a much needed outfielder, the St. Louis Cardinals opted to sign one of the top free agents available, said multiple sources Thursday night. The deal will be finalized once the center fielder clears a physical with Cardinals medical staff, which has been planned for Friday. The Cardinals will announce Fowler’s signing on Friday with... 
 

Red Sox Favored to Play in World Series Following Sale Trade

On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox pulled of a huge blockbuster trade. Boston will see immediate help from the trade after acquiring White Sox ace Chris Sale for four prospects from the Red Sox. Yoan Moncada is the big name in the list of prospects. Instantly, Boston became the favorites to win next season’s American League pennant. The Red Sox, in acquiring Sale, now have one of baseball’s five best pitchers. Since becoming a major league starter full time in 2012, Sale is No. 4 amongst all starting pitchers for strikeout... 
 

Sources: New York Yankees and Matt Holliday Agree to Deal

It appears that the New York Yankees have found their new designated hitter. According to reliable sources, Matt Holliday has agreed to a $13 million one-year deal to become a member of the New York Yankees, which represents the first high-profile move this offense for Brian Cashman the Yankees general manager. The sources said the deal was only pending Holliday passing a physical. Following the trade last month of Brian McCann by the Yankees to the Houston Astros, the team was looking for a new designated hitter. Options in the free agent market... 
 

All-Star Game Outcome Will Not Determine Home Field at World Series

The league winning the All-Star Game will no longer receive the home field advantage during the World Series. Instead, the home-field advantage will now go to the winner of the pennant that had the better record during the regular season. This change was part of the new tentative collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball, said one person that had direct knowledge the negotiations between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. In addition, management and players reached an agreement that the disabled list’s minimum... 
 

Rick Porcello Wins AL Comeback Player of the Year

The offseason has been very good to Boston Red Sox ace Rick Porcello. The right-hander, who led the Red Sox to the American League East championship during 2016, was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday. The award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and is presented each year to the player who re-emerged on the field of play during the past season. One player from each team is chosen then reporters vote on the top player from each league. Porcello adds to his awards with this one. He was named the AL Cy... 
 

Edwin Encarnacion Best Hitter on Free Agent Market

Edwin Encarnacion is baseball’s most powerful slugger on the market in free agency for this offseason. His consistent bat in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup for the past five seasons will have a number of suitors on his heels during the offseason buying period. Encarnacion helped lead Toronto to its second straight trip to the American League Championship Series. While his 42 home runs are all certain teams might need to consider him an important acquisition, he is much more than just a home run hitter. Encarnacion has been one of Major League’s... 
 

Red Sox Could Start Pablo Sandoval at Third in 2017

In 2016, the offense for the Boston Red Sox had very few spots up and down the order that were weak. However, one of those spots happened to be third base. During the 2016 season, third basemen for the Red Sox combined to have a batting average of only .242 while the average third baseman in the major leagues hit for an average of .266. That deficit in production adds up through the course of a 162-game season. It appeared that Travis Shaw would be the stabilizing force at third, but he became exposed at the plate over the course of the season.... 
 

Lockout by MLB Owners Possible

Owners in Major League Baseball have said if the new collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached between the MLB Player’s Association and the league they would consider putting a player lockout into place. The current CBA will expire December 1 and both sides are currently at an impasse on a number of items. The recent release by the owners of possibly instituting a lockout is the first report suggesting a work stoppage could be made. There is not an imminent threat to baseball games, as Spring Training does not even begin until the middle... 
 

Sources: Brett Cecil Signs with Cards, Cashner Signs with Rangers

The Chicago Cubs were crowned World Series Champions just three weeks ago and teams are wasting no team in adding to their rosters in an attempt to compete with the newly crowned champions. Sources said that Brett Cecil the former reliever with the Toronto Blue Jays has reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals on a deal of 4 years worth $30.5 million. The deal will become official once Cecil has passed his physical with the Cardinals medical staff. The deal for Cecil includes a no-trade clause, which means he will have to approve a trade... 
 

Kris Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award for National League

What more is there for Kris Bryant to ask for? The Baseball Writers’ Association named the Chicago Cubs star the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Bryant becomes the first player to win college baseball’s top award the Golden Spikes Award, the Minor League Player of the Year, the MLB Rookie of the Year and the MVP award in four straight seasons. He said it was amazing to hear that he was the first to accomplish the feat of winning those four awards over four seasons. He called it humbling and said he was grateful to have been... 
 

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win Manager of the Year Awards in MLB

Major League Baseball handed out two more awards on Tuesday. This time the awards were not for players but managers. Terry Francona once again proved during 2016 that he could get the best out of his players during tough situations. He guided the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and the AL Pennant. At the same time, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts showed that a rookie manager could overcome injuries to a record number of players and win the National League West. Because of what they accomplished, Francona and Roberts... 
 

Red Sox, Astros and Others Amongst Those Interested in Carlos Beltran

When the Texas Rangers were eliminated by Toronto during the postseason, veteran Carlos Beltran, who has become a free agent, said he would not be retiring. He added that he hoped he would be playing again with Texas. However, Jon Daniels the general manager of the Rangers said that he would love to have every free agent back under the correct circumstances, but allocating resources is what it is all about. If Beltran must look elsewhere, he will have a number of suitors on his doorstep. Even though the veteran would be 40 to start next season,... 
 

Nine-Figure Reliever Could Become a Reality

Amongst the myriad of 2016 MLB postseason storylines was the relief ace returning to prominence in the bullpen. This is a reliever that is as dominant as any top closer, but can adapt to different scenarios. Instead of pitching within the framework of the save rule, the relief ace enters a game when the circumstances call of it. Those usually include a close game with the opposing team’s best hitters coming to the plate. Often times, a relief ace will work more than just one inning. This past October and one day of November, that role was played... 
 

Torey Lovullo Named New Arizona Diamondbacks Manager

On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks once again took someone from the Boston Red Sox baseball organization when they hired Torey Lovullo as their new manager. Lovullo signed a three-year deal and will be introduced formally on Monday by the club during a news conference. Lovullo was thought to be the first choice for the managerial job when Mike Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks as their new general manager in October. The two had worked in Boston together as Lovullo was the bench coach for the Red Sox the last four seasons and prior to that, they... 
 

World Series’ Longest Winless Drought Finally Ends

For the preseason through the entire regular season and into the postseason, the Chicago Cubs were favored to win the 2016 World Series. The only time they were not favored is when they trailed in the series 3-1. However, they rallied to win the final three games of the Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians including Game 7 in 10 innings by the score of 8-7. The championship ended the longest drought in sports history of 108 years. Chicago led the league with 103 wins during the regular season, defeated San Francisco in the NL Division Series,... 
 

Cleveland and the Indians Ready and Willing to Hold Title Parade Again

The Cleveland Indian players watched the championship parade of the Cavaliers this week because they tried to determine how they would get to their home field. Terry Francona the Indians manager watched fans gather for the Cavaliers title parade, saying they arrived in droves throughout the streets below the upper deck of Progressive Field. Last June, the players for Cleveland watched the city celebrate its first championship of a major sports team in 52 years. Fast forward, only four months and the Indians are standing at the doorstep of winning... 
 

Chicago Cubs Need to Find Their Offense and Quick

The Cleveland Indians lead the 2016 World Series 2-1 after they shutout the Cubs 1-0 in Game 3 from Wrigley Field on Friday night. Chicago has mysteriously lost its hitting groove. The Cubs pitching along with its defense was present for Game 3 in a loss as the Indians could muster just one run over nine innings. However, that one run was enough for the Indians to take back home field advantage after losing it in Game 2 when the Cubs won 5-1. In Game 3, the weather was conducive for a hitter as the wind was blowing out to left field at over 15 mph.... 
 

Kyle Schwarber Returns to Cubs Lineup and Under the Spotlight

The big question around baseball is what are the Chicago Cubs going to do with Kyle Schwarber. Well, the Cubs may not be the only ones that need to answer that question; the Cleveland Indians might have to as well. For Cleveland, the question means figuring a way to get Schwarber out. After being on the disabled list for over six months due to an ACL tear, Schwarber has appeared from nowhere to No. 5 in the Chicago batting order. In Game 1 of the World Series, Schwarber crushed a double of the wall in right field for the hardest ball the Cubs hit... 
 

Andrew Miller is ALCS MVP as Cleveland Indians Reach World Series

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians punched their ticket to the 2016 World Series by winning Game 5 of their best of seven American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Following the series-clinching game, MLB announced that Andrew Miller the Indians southpaw reliever had earned the Most Valuable Player award for the series. The use of Miller during the series had become a big talking point amongst baseball pundits, as Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned to Miller repeatedly during the middle innings for a number of... 
 

Major League Record to be Set by Julio Urias on Wednesday

When the first pitch has been thrown in Game 4 of the National League Championship series on Wednesday between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, history already will have been made. That history is because of whom will be throwing that first pitch, namely Julio Urias a left-handed rookie for the Dodgers. Dave Roberts the manager of the Dodgers announced officially on Monday during workouts at Dodger Stadium that the rookie southpaw would be giving the ball for Game 4. That will mean Urias, who on Wednesday will be 20 years and 68 days old,... 
 

John Gibbons Standing Firm on Toronto Lineup

The Cleveland Indians took a 1-0 lead in the American League Championship best of seven series on Friday night over the Toronto Blue Jays thanks to Corey Kluber’s pitching and Francisco Lindor’s bat. While the Blue Jays had their chances in the first three innings against Kluber, they could not push any runs across the plate before the Indians bullpen came in and slammed the door shut. Some Toronto fans and baseball pundits have questioned manager John Gibbons’ lineup especially having Russell Martin batting fifth. Of course, Friday night... 
 

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes Will Likely Opt Out of Contract

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will likely opt out of his current contract and become a free agent following the World Series. However, reports are that both sides are interested in the slugger returning to the Mets. Cespedes has a pair of years remaining on his contract of 3 years for $47.5 million but he is able to opt out during the first five days following this year’s World Series. At that time, he would be free to sign again with New York or any other MLB team. Reports from reliable sources said Cespedes had spoken with the organization... 
 

Three Teams Can Clinch Playoff Spots on Saturday

Six teams in Major League Baseball have won division titles and will play in the Division Series. However, all four wildcard spots remain open between the National and American League, as the 162-game regular season enters its final weekend. On Saturday, that could all change as three teams, the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants can clinch a postseason berth on their own. The Orioles as of Wednesday morning trailed the Toronto Blue Jays by two games for the top wildcard spot in the AL. However, since then, things have flipped,... 
 

Close Races for Rookie of the Year in Both Leagues

With just 10 games remaining in the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, means the votes for Rookie of the Year for both leagues will be coming in soon. The race for rookie of the year in the National League is led by Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop. Seager has already played in 146 of the Dodgers’ games. He has batted .313 with 25 home runs along with 39 doubles. Seager has played over 1,200 innings of defense at shortstop, is hitting like a veteran and plays one of the toughest positions in the game. He could even be a... 
 

MLB Clears both Zimmerman and Howard of PED Allegations

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard were both cleared of allegations they had used performance enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball found those allegations not to be true. Pharmacist Charlie Sly had claimed in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America called “The Dark Side,” which was first broadcast last December that both players had used banned PED’s. Through just a brief statement on Friday, the league said the investigation it carried out did not find any violations by Zimmerman or Howard of the... 
 

American League East Odds and Ends

One of the best divisions in Major League Baseball this season has been the American League East. Four of the five teams in the division are currently over .500. As of the writing of this article, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays were separated by just percentage points. The Orioles are sitting on .574 and the Blue Jays .573 at the top of the division, with Baltimore having played two games less than Toronto. The Boston Red Sox are just two games back in third place and the New York Yankees are 7 ½ games back in fourth. The only... 
 

Dodgers and Reds Putting Together Possible Three-Team Deal

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than two days away. Some teams in the hunt for players to help their stretch run towards the postseason have already made big trades, while others are still trying to find their “perfect fit.” One of those teams is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sit in second place in the National League West just one game behind the free falling San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are said to be trying to acquire Jay Bruce the Cincinnati Reds outfielder who is currently on a home run tear hitting 6 round... 
 

Mike Scioscia Protests Game Following Long Dispute

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia had the official rulebook for Major League Baseball on his desk following the Angels loss to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Shortly after the media left the clubhouse, Phil Cuzzi the umpire who caused Scioscia to gripe met with the manager of the Angels behind closed doors. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes as the two hashed out a critical play that took place during the seventh inning. The play featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker, which may have cost Los Angeles the game... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Approaches With Teams Looking to Fill Voids

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline is on August 1 for acquiring players for a team’s stretch run or at the same time trade away veterans in preparation for building the team for the future. A number of teams on each side of the coin are discussing possible deals with the hopes that they land players to help them win the World Series this season, or to build their corps of talent for a future run to the Fall Classic. The Chicago Cubs struggled prior to the All-Star break and could be looking to add pitching... 
 

Cubs Host Rangers in Possible Preview of World Series

Some are calling it a preview of the Fall Classic while others believe it is just another interleague matchup of two playoff quality teams. Whatever you wish to call it, the weekend series between the American League West leading Texas Rangers and the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs will be exciting. As Major League Baseball re-starts after its annual All-Star Game break the Rangers and Cubs begin their second half of the season playing one another at Wrigley field. Both are their league’s best teams record wise. Texas has activated... 
 

Mike Trout Leads Off All Star Game with Another Hit

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was about to play in his fifth All-Star Game in his five full Major League Baseball seasons on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. His mind however was not tuned to just the game as he could be seen darting in and out of the home clubhouse busing doing promotions, making appearances on TV, signing jerseys and not really thinking of the game until it was nearly time to have batting practice. He is getting used to doing these types of things at All-Star games even though he is just 24. He also has found... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 

Home Run Derby Participants Announced

The lineup for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby was announced Thursday. The eight players that make up the field make this derby high-powered with a set of strong sluggers that could light up the southern California sky in San Diego on Monday night at Petco Park. Six of the eight participants in the derby will take part in the All-Star Game on Tuesday as well. The field also was given a boost from two wild card picks including Todd Frazier the defending home run derby champion and Giancarlo Stanton the slugger for the Miami Marlins. Stanton enters this... 
 

Fallout from Sunday Brawl Announced by MLB

Rougned Odor the second baseman for the Texas Rangers was given a suspension of 8 games for landing a straight right to the face of Jose Bautista a slugger for the Toronto Blue Jays this past Sunday. Major League Baseball officials announced the suspensions late Tuesday. Bautista was given a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl and comments made after the game. In all, 14 players and coaches were disciplined by MLB for roles they played in the brawl. Elvis Adrus a shortstop for Texas was given a one game suspension for the “aggressive... 
 

Windy City Rules Majors League Baseball Early

Chicago is the capital of Major Baseball thus far early in the season. After just six weeks of the regular season, both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox are dominating baseball The latest power rankings have been released by different baseball writers and most have the Cubs as the unanimous choice at No. 1 with the White Sox a close No. 2. It is early, but Chicago has a great deal to brag about, as its two teams boast the two biggest division leads in baseball. While the other franchise known as the Sox, those that play at Fenway Park... 
 

St. Louis Struggles But Stephen Piscotty Remains Rock Solid

While the Washington Nationals attempted to get him to go after sliders and the Philadelphia Phillies kept buzzing fastballs at his hands, one of the best young players in the game, Stephen Piscotty continues to hurt opposing pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Piscotty is now making opposing pitchers pay for putting runners on base in front of him as he is at his most dangerous at that time. Piscotty has matured in just 29 games and has the ability to adapt which is the foundation for St. Louis’ offense being better than was expected. The Cardinals... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Braves Finalize Roster, Michael Bourn DFA’d

The Atlanta Braves finalized their 25 man roster and the moves left two-time all-star and Gold Glove winner Michael Bourn looking for work. The Braves now have 10 days to either release or trade Bourne.  Emilio Bonifacio was also designated for assignment. The team continues its move towards youth. The Braves’ two highest-paid players this year will be Bourn and Nick Swisher, both of whom are now gone. The team chose to keep veteran Drew Stubbs, who signed with the Braves on March 30 after his release by the Texas Rangers. Bourn was thought... 
 

Rockies Reach Agreement with DJ LeMahieu on two-year deal

Arbitration season in Major League Baseball reached a conclusion just as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. The Colorado Rockies inked 27-year-old All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The LSU product, who was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and arrived in Colorado via trade in December 2011, filed for a $3.3 million salary while the Rockies countered at $2.8 million. LeMahieu will receive $3 million in 2016 and $4.8 million in 2017. If he does not sign another extension,... 
 

2016 Boston Red Sox Preview, Projections and Question Marks

On paper, it appears that the Boston Red Sox have few holes. This is why they are projected by multiple media outlets and oddsmakers to win the American League East and even reach the World Series. A team’s appearance on paper in February does not guarantee a parade in late October, and the Red Sox do have their share of questions to answer as spring training nears. Here are five topics that will determine whether the club contends for the postseason or matches last year’s finish in the American League East basement: Hanley Ramirez,... 
 

Aroldis Chapman Traded to New York Yankees for Package of Prospects

The New York Yankees and Cinncinnati Reds have agreed in a trade sending prized closer, Aroldis Chapman, to the Yankees in exchange for a package of four minor league prospects, including: Eric Jagielo, Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis and Tony Renda. Chapman is far and away the biggest name in the deal, arguably the best closer in baseball, posting a 1.14 WHIP to go with a 1.63 ERA and 15.7 K/9 last season, which was on the low end of his career numbers.  The 27-year-old is in his prime and could be a free agent after 2016, but faces potential punishment... 
 

Chicago Cubs Continue Busy Off-season, Add Jason Heyward and May Not Be Done

Jason Heyward chose the Chicago Cubs over returning to the St. Louis Cardinals and has agreed to terms on an 8-year, $184 million deal. The deal includes two opt-outs — after the third year and the fourth, if he exceeds a plate-appearance threshold. The move to add Heyward comes after free -agent Ben Zobrist signed on Tuesday to replace Starlin Castro, who was simultaneously traded to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren. Heyward seems to be a good bet to play center in 2016, with Jorge Soler in right and Kyle Schwarber in... 
 

Braves Trade Shelby Miller to Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Top Prospects

One year after trading Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller, the Atlanta Braves have traded their young pitching stud in a new package for a promising young player and prospects. Miller, 25-years-old with three years of team control left, was sent to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder, 25-year-old Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect, Aaron Blair and former number one overall shortstop, Dansby Swanson. For the Diamondbacks, it’s a deal which sets up the front of the rotation for several years. After signing Zack Greinke last week and being... 
 

After Signing Ben Zobrist, Cubs Trade Starlin Castro to Yankees

The Chicago Cubs played musical chairs with its middle infield in the past few hours, signing 34-year-old Ben Zobrist to a four year deal worth $56 million and trading away 25-year-old former All-Star, Starlin Castro, to the Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan. For Chicago, the deal went beyond age. The Cubs are one of the youngest teams in the game and were clearly looking for veteran leadership, which will be found from a former player of Manager, Joe Maddon, in Zobrist, who was a key acquisition for the Royals en route to their first World... 
 

Yankees Face Multiple Options Going Forward This Winter

With the ink of David Price‘s new contract still drying in the front office of their arch rival, the New York Yankees face multiple options for how they will proceed this winter. Winter Meetings will be in full effect shortly where the position player market is likely to heat up after the Big Three of pitchers (Jordan Zimmerman, Price and Zack Greinke) are all likely to be off the boards by the end of business on Friday. Fortunately for the Yankees, free agent pitching is not its biggest need this winter. Ivan Nova is likely to be tendered... 
 

Red Sox Reach Agreement With David Price, 7 Years $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million. Price is coming off a 2015 season where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA over 220 1/3 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. Over his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 across parts of eight major-league seasons for the  Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked at least 200 innings in five of the past six seasons. The $217 million contract... 
 

Cubs Jake Arieta Wins National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday. In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points. Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs... 
 

Astros Dallas Keuchel Wins American League Cy Young

Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young Award announced on Wednesday.  Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points. David Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for his split season with Detroit and Toronto and Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third. Keuchel led the AL in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts.... 
 

Rangers Jeff Banister American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister garnered 17 first-place votes and 112 points, easily topping Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor from the Minnesota Twins, another rookie skipper to win American League Manager of the Year Banister joined Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993), Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington’s Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager. “To be able to have this in year one – tremendous,” Banister said.... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon National League Manager of the Year

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. In his first season with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon took the National League prize following the club’s first postseason appearance since 2008. He also won in the AL with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011. The Cubs finished 97-65, a 24-win improvement that represented the majors’ biggest turnaround, in posting their first winning record since 2009. “It’s really good to know that what you believe in works in other places,” Maddon said during... 
 
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