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Emotional Freddie Freeman Gets Ring, Ovations In Return To Atlanta

Jun 24, 2022 11:12 PM

Freddie Freeman walked into the interview room at Truist Park on Friday afternoon and couldn't contain his emotions. He took a deep breath, turned away from the cameras, crossed his hands above his head and walked out. "Gimme a second," he said. "Hold on."

A few minutes later, Freeman returned and did his best to navigate an emotionally charged interview that marked his return to the place he still adores. Through quivered speech, shaky hands and welling eyes, Freeman -- a lifelong member of the Braves until signing a six-year, $162 million free-agent contract with the Dodgers on March 17 -- did his best to express what this city and those fans and that team still mean to him.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Dodgers Unveil Sandy Koufax's Statue In Plaza

Jun 18, 2022 11:15 PM

When Sandy Koufax joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, he was in awe of being on the same team with Jackie Robinson.

Now 67 years later, the two are immortalized in bronze at the entrance to Dodger Stadium.

Koufax's statue was unveiled on Saturday in the Centerfield Plaza before the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Cleveland Guardians. It is the second sculpture the Dodgers have commissioned after Robinson's in 2017.

"At that time sharing this space with him would have been absolutely unimaginable," the 86-year-old Koufax said. "And today, it's still one of the greatest honors of my life."

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Personal Award

Nationals Retire Ryan Zimmerman's No. 11

Jun 18, 2022 11:12 PM

Seventeen years and 11 days after Ryan Zimmerman was the first player ever drafted by the new-to-town Washington Nationals, and a little more than eight months after he appeared in his last game for the franchise, his No. 11 became the first jersey number retired by the club.

During a ceremony before Saturday's game between Washington and the Philadelphia Phillies, the man known as "Mr. National" removed a blue uniform shirt with "11" on the back and handed it to his father, who handed it off to clubhouse and equipment manager Mike Wallace.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Personal Award

Trevor Story Hits Three HRs In Historic Performance By Second Baseman

May 20, 2022 12:06 AM

Trevor Story had three homers, four hits and seven RBIs and tacked on a stolen base to help the Boston Red Sox rally from a four-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 12-6 Thursday night.

He became the first second baseman in MLB history to steal a base in a three-homer game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also joined Jim Tabor as the only Red Sox players with 5 runs, 3 dingers and 7 RBIs since RBI became an official stat in 1920.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Game Recap, Personal Award

Shohei Ohtani Hits 100th Career Home Run

May 15, 2022 11:54 AM

Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward provided just what the Los Angeles Angels needed to get over a bad loss in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Ohtani hit his 100th career home run, Ward hit a grand slam and the Angels salvaged a split by beating the Oakland Athletics 9-1 in the nightcap Saturday.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Personal Award

Angels Rookie Reid Detmers Throws No-Hitter

May 11, 2022 1:25 AM

Los Angeles Angels rookie left-hander Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter in a 12-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, becoming at age 22 the youngest pitcher to throw one since Anibal Sanchez in 2006 for the Marlins.

It was the majors' second no-hitter this season. For the Angels, it is the 12th in franchise history.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Game Recap, Personal Award, Team Achievement

Dusty Baker Becomes 12th Manager To Win 2,000 Games

May 4, 2022 2:37 AM

Dusty Baker became the 12th manager in major league history to win 2,000 games -- and the first Black manager to reach the milestone -- with the Astros' 4-0 victory Tuesday night over the Seattle Mariners in Houston.

It came more than 29 years after he collected his first win on April 6, 1993, in San Francisco's 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

"I'm probably one of the luckiest men to ever walk on this earth,'' a grinning Baker said minutes after the final out Tuesday.

Tags: Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Game Recap, Personal Award

Clayton Kershaw Becomes Dodgers All-Time Leader In K's

May 2, 2022 8:05 AM

Clayton Kershaw became the Los Angeles Dodgers all-time leader in strikeouts on Saturday night, striking out Detroit Tigers rookie Spencer Torkelson in the fourth inning for the 2,697th regular-season punchout of his storied career.

Kershaw, 34, surpassed Don Sutton, who last pitched for the Dodgers in 1988 and had reigned as the franchise's career strikeout leader since 1979.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Miguel Cabrera Becomes Seventh Player With 3,000 Hits, 500 HR's

Apr 25, 2022 8:28 AM

With a single against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, Miguel Cabrera became the 33rd member of the 3,000-hit club and only the seventh player in major league history to achieve the milestone and hit 500 home runs.

He got No. 3,000 in the first inning against pitcher Antonio Senzatela, a fellow Venezuelan, by grounding an opposite-field single to right field.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Colorado Rockies, Game Recap, Personal Award

Jake Arrieta Retires After 12 Seasons

Apr 19, 2022 8:29 AM

Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta announced Monday that he's retiring after a 12-season career.

"Well, I haven't signed the papers, man, but I'm done. It's time for me to step away from the game," Arrieta said on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast. "At some point the uniform goes to somebody else and it's just my time, really."

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Japanese Phenom Rocki Sasaki Extends Perfect Innings Streak

Cameron Maybin Retires After 15 MLB Seasons

M's Kyle Seager Retires After 11 MLB Seasons

Shohei Ohtani Named AP Male Athlete Of The Year

David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez Among First-Timers On HOF Ballot

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Buster Posey, Trey Mancini Named Comeback Players Of The Year

Bryce Harper Wins Second NL MVP

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Shohei Ohtani Unanimously Wins AL MVP


Corbin Burnes Edges Zack Wheeler For NL Cy Young

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Robbie Ray Wins AL Cy Young Honors

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Gabe Kapler Named NL's Top Manager

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Kevin Cash Repeats As AL Manager Of The Year

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Randy Arozarena, Jonathan India Named Top Rookies

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Giants Sign Manager Gabe Kapler To Two-Year Extension

Liam Hendriks, Josh Hader Named Top Relievers

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Vlad Guerrero, Bryce Harper Named Aaron Award Winners

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Record Five Cardinals Win Gold Gloves

Giants' Buster Posey To Announce Retirement Thursday

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Bryce Harper, Shohei Ohtani Among Players Choice Winners

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Brewers' Ryan Braun Announces Retirement