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Ian Kinsler Retires One-Hit Short Of 2,000

Dec 21, 2019 1:18 AM

Ian Kinsler is retiring after a 14-year major league career, he announced Friday.

Kinsler, 37, told The Athletic that a herniated cervical disk that ended his 2019 season in August played a factor in his decision to retire. He ends his career one hit shy of 2,000, with 257 home runs, 909 RBIs and 243 stolen bases.

"My pride wouldn't let me go halfway at something that I've been doing at 100% for my whole baseball life," the veteran second baseman said.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Personal Award

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons Elected To Baseball HOF

Dec 8, 2019 11:28 PM

Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.

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Padres Making Chris Paddack, MacKenzie Gore Untouchable In Trade Talks

Nov 18, 2019 7:50 AM

The San Diego Padres are expected to look to upgrade their roster via trade this offseason, but they are already making a pair of players untouchable.

Chris Paddack and MacKenzie Gore are "virtually untouchable" in talks, according to a report.

Paddack is coming off an impressive season and Gore is a consensus top-five prospect.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Mike Trout Wins Third AL MVP Award

Nov 14, 2019 8:38 PM

Mike Trout has won his third American League MVP award, beating out Alex Bregman.

Trout received 17 first place votes while Bregman received the other 13.

Marcus Semien finished third.

Trout is one of 11 players to win three MVPs while Barry Bonds had seven.

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Cody Bellinger Named National League MVP

Nov 14, 2019 8:35 PM

Cody Bellinger has been named National League Most Valuable Player, receiving first place votes on 19 of 30 ballots.

Christian Yelich finished second with Anthony Rendon coming in third.

Bellinger, a .305/.406/.629 hitter with 47 home runs and 15 stolen bases, is the first Los Angeles Dodgers player to win the MVP since Clayton Kershaw in 2014.

"It's what you dream of, man," Bellinger said.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

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Justin Verlander Beats Out Gerrit Cole To Win AL Cy Young

Nov 13, 2019 10:26 PM

Justin Verlander beat out Gerrit Cole to win his second Cy Young award, receiving 17 first place votes compared to 13 for Cole.

Charlie Morton finished third one year after leaving the Houston Astros in free agency.

"The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,'' he said. "I mean, still would've liked to have won a couple of them.''

Verlander finished second to Cole in ERA (2.58) and strikeouts (300).

Cole, 29, went 20-5 while leading the AL in ERA (2.50) and strikeouts (326), the latter the most in baseball since Randy Johnson struck out 334 in 2002.

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Jacob deGrom Wins 2nd Consecutive NL Cy Young Award

Nov 13, 2019 10:22 PM

Jacob deGrom has won his second straight Cy Young award, receiving 29 of 30 first place votes.

DeGrom, 31, joins Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw, Scherzer, Greg Maddux and Sandy Koufax on the list of NL back-to-back winner.

Hyun-Jin Ryu finished second in voting.

"I feel like I was trying to better what I did in 2018," deGrom said Wednesday. "I think that was something I struggled with to start this year, was kind of dwelling on what happened last year. Kind of not focusing on the task ahead as much as I probably should have."

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Matt Chapman, Nolan Arenado Repeat As Platinum Award Winners

Nov 9, 2019 1:11 AM

For the second consecutive year, the Athletics' Matt Chapman and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado have won their league's Rawlings Platinum Glove Award. Established in 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards are given to the best defender in each league, as selected via a fan vote from among the Gold Glove Award winners at each position.

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Nolan Arenado Headlines 2019 Gold Glove Winners

Nov 4, 2019 1:12 AM

Nolan Arenado extended his streak of winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in every season of his career on Sunday, when the Colorado Rockies star captured the award for National League third basemen for the seventh consecutive year.

Arenado has won the award each year since he debuted in 2013. With this year's win, he moved into sole possession of fourth place for the most Gold Gloves among third basemen and just one behind Scott Rolen for third place all time.

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Aroldis Chapman And Josh Hader Named Relievers Of The Year

Oct 27, 2019 1:20 AM

Closers Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers were named relievers of the year on Saturday.

Hader won the National League award, which is named for Trevor Hoffman, for the second straight season, and Chapman earned the American League award, named for Mariano Rivera.

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Carlos Carrasco Honored With Roberto Clemente Award

Statistician Bill James Leaving Red Sox With Four Rings

Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

Justin Verlander Reaches 3,000 Career Ks, 300 Ks In 2019

Pete Alonso Breaks MLB Rookie Record With 53rd HR

Nelson Cruz Hits 400th Career HR

Yankees Salute CC Sabathia In Home Finale

Gerrit Cole 18th MLB Pitcher In History With 300K's In A Season

Giants' Bruce Bochy 11th Manager To 2,000 Wins

Cubs' Organist Gary Pressey Retiring After 33 Years

Gerrit Cole Celebrates Birthday With 15-K Performance

Carlos Carrasco Makes Return From Leukemia

Justin Verlander Pitches Third Career No-Hitter

A's To Retire Dave Stewart's No. 34 Next Season

Gary Sanchez Fastest To 100 HRs In AL History

Rivera, Halladay, Smith, Mussina, Martinez, Baines Join HOF
A crowd estimated at 55,000 attended the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday.

Jayson Stark Accepts HOF Spink Award
Jayson Stark received the HOF Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing on Saturday afternoon.

Pete Alonso's HR Sets Mets Rookie RBI Mark
Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit his 33rd home run in a 11-4 win over the Giants on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

Real-Life Crash Davis Retires After Walk-Off HR
Triple-A Reno Aces' Cody Decker retired as the active home run leader in the minor leagues.

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie RBI Record Before The Break
Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit his 30th home run Sunday, driving in two runs, to set the mark.