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Real-Life Crash Davis Retires After Walk-Off HR

Jul 8, 2019 1:11 AM

For Cody Decker, his 204th minor league home run was a walk-off blast in every sense of the word.

Yes, the two-run shot gave the Triple-A Reno Aces a 10-9 walk-off win Friday night, but the 32-year-old first baseman also chose that moment to walk off into the sunset, stealing a page from the script for the movie "Bull Durham."

Decker, a real-life Crash Davis, retired as the active home run leader in the minor leagues.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie RBI Record Before The Break

Jul 7, 2019 9:35 PM

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, ready to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Cleveland, has set the National League rookie record with 68 RBIs before the break.

He hit his 30th home run of the season Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the Phillies, driving in two runs with the shot, to set the mark.

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

MLB Invites CC Sabathia To All-Star Game

Jul 6, 2019 1:33 AM

For the final time in his illustrious career, CC Sabathia will be going to the All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball announced Friday that Sabathia, the New York Yankees' left-handed pitcher who will retire at the end of this season, will be participating in events associated with next week's game at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

Tags: New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, All-Star, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Pete Alonso Tops Darrryl Strawberry's Rookie HR Record

Jun 24, 2019 1:15 AM

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 27th home run of the season Sunday to set the franchise rookie record.

Alonso's homer in the top of the fourth inning off the Chicago Cubs' Cole Hamels traveled 454 feet to center at Wrigley Field. The home run is tied for his second-longest this season.

Darryl Strawberry had held the Mets' record for home runs by a rookie since he hit 26 in 1983.


Tags: New York Mets, Game Recap, Personal Award

Albert Pujols Gets Curtain Call After HR

Jun 23, 2019 12:57 AM

The last time the Angels' Albert Pujols homered at Busch Stadium, it was a championship season. 

Pujols, 39, homered in the seventh inning off Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson, setting off another celebration in a weekend that's been full of them.

"Trying to walk around the bases and get to the plate, and trying to get in the dugout and hold everything in," Pujols said. "Man, that was hard.

"It's gonna be up there for me -- for my career, for my family, my wife, Deidre, and my five kids and my friends and family that are here in town. It's just a moment that I will treasure forever."

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie Record With 26th HR

Jun 23, 2019 12:52 AM

Rookie slugger Pete Alonso said he began the season not thinking about hitting homers or setting milestones.

Alonso hit his 26th homer to set the NL rookie record for most homers before the All-Star Game as the New York Mets routed the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Saturday.

Tags: New York Mets, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Twins Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7

Jun 16, 2019 2:04 PM

Eighteen years after the Twins took Joe Mauer with the first overall draft pick, the hometown star with the textbook left-handed swing was still having a hard time realizing his place among the franchise's all-time greats.

As Mauer's jersey number formally joined the seven others retired by the Twins on Saturday night, the six-time All-Star and three-time batting champion sounded as awestruck of his place in team history as on his first day of rookie ball.

"Wearing the No. 7 the past 15 years has been my absolute pleasure," Mauer said, his voice cracking as he paused to compose himself, "and being able to play my entire career in that number in front of my family, friends and fans here at home means more to me than any of you will ever know."

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Edwin Encarnacion Reaches 400 Career HRs

Jun 9, 2019 10:02 PM

Edwin Encarnacion paused at the plate and watched while his 400th homer flew toward the Mariners' bullpen beyond left field. He pumped his fists as he circled the bases while his teammates went wild for the milestone.

Encarnacion hit two homers to become the third active player with 400 homers, and Tom Murphy had two more homers in the Mariners' 9-3 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Astros Prospect Yordan Alvarez Hits HR In First Game

Jun 9, 2019 7:55 PM

Houston Astros prospect Yordan Alvarez, the minor league home run leader, homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

"That's an incredible performance for him when all everybody ever wanted today was a homer from him,'' manager AJ Hinch said. "That's what everybody expected, and he did it.''

Tags: Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Rangers Retire Adrian Beltre's No. 29 Jersey

Jun 9, 2019 2:08 PM

Adrian Beltre got one more tap on the top of the head from Elvis Andrus, and a visit by the person who brought the four-time All-Star third baseman up to the major leagues as a teenager.

The Rangers retired Beltre's No. 29 jersey on Saturday night after he spent the last eight of his 21 major league seasons in Texas.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Josh Bell's 94 Total Bases Most In May Since Willie Mays In '58
Josh Bell's 94 total bases is the most by any player in any month in the Pirates' 138-year history.

Blue Jays Rookie Cavan Biggio Gets First MLB Hit, HR
Rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio recorded his first three MLB hits on Sunday.

Christian Yelich's HR Ties Record For Most Before May 1
Christian Yelich hit his 14th home run on Saturday night as the Brewers beat the Mets by the score of 8-6.

Pujols Passes Ruth For Fifth Place On All-Time RBI List
Albert Pujols passed Babe Ruth in the ninth inning on Saturday night with his 1,993rd career RBI.

Albert Pujols Ties Babe Ruth For 5th On All-Time RBI List
Albert Pujols doubled in the third inning Saturday night driving home Andrelton Simmons for his 1,992nd career RBI.

O's Chris Davis Sets Mark With 47th Hitless At-Bat
Chris Davis broke Eugenio Velez's record for the longest hitless streak by a position player in MLB history.

Christian Yelich Ties Home Run Record
Brewers star Christian Yelich is the sixth player in MLB history to start a season with home runs in four straight games.

CC Sabathia To Retire After 2019 Season
Left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia is entering his 19th major league baseball season.

A's Prospect Kyler Murray Wins Heisman Trophy
The A's made Kyler Murray the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Mike Napoli Announces Retirement
Mike Napoli hit 267 home runs during his 13-year MLB career.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill To Honor Larry Doby
Former Indians center fielder Larry Doby was the AL's first black ballplayer.

Christian Yelich Runs Away With NL MVP Award
Christian Yelich topped Nolan Arenado and Javier Baez to take home National League MVP honors on Thursday night.

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Mookie Betts Tops Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez For AL MVP
Mookie Betts also won the batting title, recorded a 30/30 season, earned a Gold Glove and led all of baseball in slugging percentage.

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Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell Win Cy Young Awards
Both deGrom and Snell earned their first Cy Young award.

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Ronald Acuna, Shohei Ohtani Win Rookie Of Year Honors
Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Shohei Ohtani were named Rookie of the Year in the National and American League, respectively.

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Braves Match Red Sox With Three Gold Gloves
The World Champion Red Sox had the most AL players winning Gold Gloves, with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ian Kinsler receiving honors on Sunday night.

Steve Pearce Named World Series MVP
Steve Pearce hit two home runs on Sunday night to help lead the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series.

Hank Aaron Award Goes To Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez
Christian Yelich hit .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs, whole J.D. Martinez hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the majors in RBIs and total bases.

Cody Bellinger Named MVP Of The NLCS
Cody Bellinger hit a key home run in Game 7 against the Brewers and was named MVP of the series.

Ronald Acuna Jr. Hits Historic Grand Slam
Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., 20, has become the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the post season, surpassing Mickey Mantle.