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Eric Hosmer Announces Retirement

Feb 21, 2024 1:17 PM

Eric Hosmer, who helped the Kansas City Royals win the 2015 World Series, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Hosmer, 34, made the announcement on social media while promoting his new media company, saying "the playing days are unfortunately over but I'm committed to giving back to the baseball community."

Tags: San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Jenny Cavnar Makes History As A's New Announcer

Feb 13, 2024 5:51 PM

Veteran baseball broadcaster Jenny Cavnar is the new primary play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Athletics, hired by NBC Sports California.

The company made the announcement Tuesday. Cavnar -- set to be the voice for most A's games during the upcoming 2024 season -- becomes the first woman in major league history to handle primary play-by-play duties.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Personal Award, Signing

Corey Kluber Retires After 13-Year Career

Feb 9, 2024 5:22 PM

Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber announced his retirement on social media Friday morning, ending a 13-year career.

A three-time All-Star, Kluber won his first Cy Young with Cleveland in 2014 after going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA. He won the award again in 2017, finishing 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Personal Award

Adrian Beltre Gets Rangers On HOF Plaque

Feb 2, 2024 3:24 PM

Adrián Beltré will have a Texas Rangers logo on his baseball Hall of Fame plaque, while Jim Leyland will not have any team emblem.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement Friday, 10 days after Beltré was elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Leyland was elected in December by the contemporary era committee for managers, executives and umpires.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Personal Award

Adrian Beltre, Todd Helton, Joe Mauer Into Hall Of Fame

Jan 24, 2024 12:51 AM

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will include two of the best pure hitters of their era and one of the greatest, most indelible third basemen in baseball history.

Joe Mauer, Todd Helton and Adrian Beltre were elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, results of which were presented from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Beltre, who received support from 95.1% of the 385 writers who cast ballots, and Mauer, voted in by 76.1% of BBWAA members, made it in their first year of eligibility. Helton (79.7%) was making his sixth attempt.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Personal Award

Michael Brantley Retires After 15 Seasons

Jan 5, 2024 2:50 PM

Michael Brantley, a five-time All-Star and World Series champion, is retiring after 15 major league seasons.

"I have young kids, and now it's time to be a dad, first and foremost," Brantley told MLB Network for an article published Friday. "It's time for me to be home 24/7, watch my kids grow up and not miss important milestones."

Tags: Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Personal Award

Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuna Jr. Win Hank Aaron Awards

Dec 17, 2023 2:09 AM

Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. won the 2023 Hank Aaron Awards on Saturday, presented by Major League Baseball to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

The MLB award is picked by fan balloting combined with votes from a panel of Hall of Famers and former winners, a group that this year included Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Pedro Martínez, Eddie Murray, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, John Smoltz and Robin Yount.

The pair also won Most Valuable Player awards last month in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Ohtani was the first two-time unanimous MVP.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Personal Award

Jim Leyland Selected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Dec 4, 2023 12:44 AM

Jim Leyland, the longtime manager who guided the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series title, was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Leyland was named on 15 of 16 ballots in the selection process during a meeting of the Hall's contemporary baseball era committee, which examined the cases of managers, umpires and executives whose greatest contributions came after 1980.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Personal Award

Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuna Jr. Unanimously Win MVP

Nov 16, 2023 9:43 PM

Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. have unanimously been named Most Valuable Player of their respective leagues.

Ohtani became the first player to win the award unanimously on two occasions, having done so in 2021.

Ohtani, 29, led the major leagues with 9.0 FanGraphs wins above replacement (2.4 as a pitcher, 6.6 as an offensive player). He slashed .304/.412/.654 in 599 plate appearances as a hitter, leading the AL in home runs (44) and the majors in OPS (1.066) while adding 20 stolen bases. 

Acuna combined 41 home runs with an NL-leading 73 stolen bases, easily becoming the first member of the 40-70 club. The 25-year-old also led the NL in on-base percentage (.416), OPS (1.012), hits (217) and runs scored (149). His .337 batting average trailed only Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (.354) for the major league lead.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Personal Award

Blake Snell, Gerrit Cole Win Cy Young Awards

Nov 16, 2023 12:52 AM

San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell won his second Cy Young Award on Wednesday, this time in the National League, while New York Yankees hurler Gerrit Cole took home his first award unanimously after twice coming in second and finishing in the top five three other times.

Tags: New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Personal Award

Brandon Hyde, Skip Schumaker Named Top Managers

Corbin Carroll, Gunnar Henderson Win NL, AL ROY

Orioles GM Mike Elias Voted MLB Exec Of The Year

Matt Chapman, Kevin Kiermaier Headline Gold Gloves Winners

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Ronald Acuna Jr. Voted POY By Peers

Nelson Cruz Retires After 19 MLB Seasons

Corey Seager Named World Series MVP For Second Time

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Yankees' Aaron Judge Wins Roberto Clemente Award

Ketel Marte Hits In Record 18th Straight Postseason Game

Astros Manager Dusty Baker Retires

Ronald Acuna Jr. Founding Member Of 40-70 Club

Adam Wainwright 'At Peace' With Retirement Choice

Mookie Betts Sets Record With 105 RBIs As Leadoff Hitter

Matt Olson Hits 50-Home Run Mark, One Short Of Braves Record

Braves Retire Andruw Jones' No. 25

Derek Jeter Attends His First Old-Timers' Day

Jose Altuve Homers In Each Of The First Three Innings

Giancarlo Stanton Hits 400th Home Run

Pete Alonso Passes 40 HR Mark To Join Exclusive Club

Ronald Acuna Jr. Blasts Hardest-Hit Ball In Majors This Year