Max Scherzer wins NL CY Young

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夜网论坛 Baseball Nationals ace Max Scherzer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday, becoming the sixth pitcher in baseball history to win in both leagues.Your @officialBBWAA NL #CyYoung winner now has an award for each league: @Max_Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/pCB6LQs4UW— (@) November 16, 2016Scherzer went 20–7 with a 2.96 ERA, a 11.2 K/9 innings ratio and a 6.2 WAR. He also became just the third pitcher in NL history with 20 wins, 250 Ks and an opponents’ batting average under .200 in a season. He collected 25 of a possible 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, for 192 total points.  Cubs pitchers Jon Lester (102 points) and Kyle Hendricks (85 points) finished second and third in voting, respectively.SPAEDER: Scherzer’s numbers historic Scherzer celebrated immediately after the announcement was made:.@Max_Scherzer is living life right. On a boat, wins the #CyYoung, gets a champagne shower pic.twitter.com/7XgiAvQd1s— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) November 16, 2016Scherzer, a four-time All-Star, won the American League Cy Young in 2013 as a member of the Tigers.He pitched two no-hitters in 2015 (June 20 and Oct. 3) and he matched the major league record for strikeouts (20) in a nine-inning game (May 11, 2016).[……]

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playoffs 2017: Cubs reach NLCS for third straight year to set rematch with Dodgers

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null null Baseball null null WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s 1:34 a.m. on Friday the 13th, and there isn’t a dry eye inside the visitor’s clubhouse at Nationals Park. The Chicago Cubs had just finished their surreal 9-8 victory against the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, a contest that was a series of competing “no way that just happened” moments. But the watery eyes aren’t only tears of joy. MORE: 14 postseason oddities you need to knowThe air in this place is an assault on the senses. For the past half-hour, the clubhouse has been filled with Korbel and Budweiser flying through the air — sprayed and flung about in liquid form, not bottles, of course — and that stuff stings the eyeballs.  And half of the clubhouse is heavy with the smoke from well-earned celebration cigars. In the middle of the clubhouse, coach Dave Martinez meshes the two together; he’s standing there, lit cigar in his mouth, as six or seven very excited people wearing celebration shirts with the #FlyTheW slogan do their best to extinguish the well-respected baseball man’s cigar. Martinez loves every single moment. Related News Each team's worst postseason memory, revisited And why not? The Cubs are heading to the NLCS for the third year in a row. For any franchise, that’s a remarkable accomplishment. For a franchise that hadn’t even made the playoffs three years in a row since 1906-08, it’s something generations of Cubs fans couldn’t even imagine. “It’s easy to talk about sustained success, but it’s harder for these guys to go out and do it,” Cubs team president Theo Epstein says, his voice battling to rise above the noise. ”That’s three years in a row to the NLCS. That’s hard to argue with. But we want more. We’re not happy just getting there. We want to try to win the whole thing.”MORE: Each team’s worst postseason memoryEpstein, the front-office guru who led the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years back in 2004 and last year helped the Cubs to their first title in 108 years, is a veteran of these types of celebrations now. Before he joined the party, he changed into a t-shirt, blue Cubs gym shorts and flip flops. Same with his right-hand man, Jed Hoyer. When you’ve been there before, you know how to prepare for a celebration. Same thing with the playoffs. “There’s a personality to this team,” Jon Lester said, squinting through the beer stin夜网论坛g. “And it goes back to last year. We never quit. We never quit. We grind i[……]

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Hold on a second, did the Mets just win the offseason?

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null Baseball Laugh it up, Sandy. It’s a cold day in Port St. Lucie.Not because of some unseen weather forecast, but because Sandy Alderson and the Mets won the offseason. Crazy, right? Human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. Since their World Series appearance, the Mets have been allergic to winning like that one kid in your first-grade class who was allergic to peanut butter. That’s right, the Mets won the offseason. It’s like giving an Oscar to Uwe Boll. It just doesn’t happen.MORE: A Mets NL East rival could m夜网论坛ake a surprising playoff run Despite missing out on big-name free agents — which they have a near 1.000 average in — the Mets did a really good job of filling out their roster with some good, cost-efficient players.Let’s start with the projected 2018 Mets lineup:First base: Dominic Smith/Adrian GonzalezSecond base: Asdrubal CabreraThird base: Todd FrazierShortstop: Amed RosarioLeft field: Yoenis CespedesCenter field: Juan Lagares (for now)Right field: Jay BruceCatcher: Travis d’ArnaudOn paper, that’s a pretty good lineup. There’s lots of power between Frazier (111 career OPS+), Cespedes (125 career OPS+) and Bruce (110 career OPS+). Should Conforto rebound from his shoulder injury (he will return in May, according to reports), he adds more bop to the lineup (145 OPS+ in 109 games in 2017).The lineup is also sprinkled with a fair amount of prove-it guys: Can Rosario and Smith prove they belong at the major-league level? Can Cespedes prove he can stay healthy? Can Mr. Met prove he’s a family-friendly mascot once again?Obviously, the Mets aren’t without those question marks. To take it a bit further: Adrian Gonzalez is far from a guarantee to return to previous All-Star form and the front office doesn’t seem sold on Dominic Smith. Their bench could use some depth, as well. But there are a few different reasons why the Mets have handled this offseason — shockingly — expertly.MORE: Why Adrian Gonzalez won’t bounce back this seasonThe key to the Mets’ offseason is how they’ve spent what limited money they have: Signing a 3.0 WAR player like Frazier to a relatively cheap contract (two years, $17 million) is a big coup. Not to mention the clubhouse presence he brings, which is still worth something in today’s game.Bruce signing a three-year, $39 million deal is something of a win, too: He posted 2.7 WAR with the Mets in 2017 before being traded to the Indians (in a salary dump, somewhat ironically). He’s a solid defender and a generally productive player, despite what his career WAR says.Not to mention, the signing of Jason Vargas adds some depth to an oft-injured rotation. Vargas posted a 4.16 ERA last season (4.67 FIP), but started 32 games and amassed 179 innings. Anthony Swarzak adds a quality bullpen arm. Sure, not all these names are sexy, but they’re effective m[……]

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Albert Belle on Hall of Fame: 'Sooner or later, people are going to recognize how good my numbers were'

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Who he was: It might not have been that surprising when Albert Belle fell off the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame in 2007, receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote.Belle ranks as perhaps the best power hitter of the 1990s, depending on one’s view of Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. or Mark McGwire. But the former Cleveland Indians slugger also might have been ’s most temperamental star, exploding at fans and media members such as Hannah Storm, chasing teenagers in his car one Halloween, and once inspiring a Sports Illustrated cover that read “Tick… tick… tick.” MORE: The 25 best players not in the Hall of FameBelle also walked away from baseball early, with an arthritic hip ending his career in spring training in 2001, a few months before his 35th birthday. With 500 home runs, it would have been hard for writers to justify leaving Belle off their Hall of Fame ballots. With 381, it was an easy snub. But dig into his stats a little deeper and Belle might have a case as one of the better overlooked hitters outside Cooperstown. For the length of his career and numbers, Belle’s fairly similar to a couple of hitters long since enshrined, Hack Wilson and Chuck Klein. His 144 OPS+ is better than a number of hitters already in. And for the 1990s, Belle averaged 43 home runs, 133 RBIs and a .299 batting average.“Sooner or later, people are going to recognize how good my numbers were for the short amount of games I played,” Belle said in a recent phone interview.A first-time candidate on the veterans’ ballot this fall, Belle has one of the more interesting cases among the 10 candidates. On a weak ballot, he might even have a decent shot at getting in.Cooperstown chances: 30 percentWhy: Former commissioner Bud Selig and Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz could be sure things on the ballot for what’s officially known as the Today’s Game Committee.Beyond Selig and Schuerholz, the ballot looks like something of a crapshoot.The late George Steinbrenner is back on the veterans ballot, but no great groundswell of support seems to be developing for the former New York Yankees owner. Same goes for the other players on the ballot — long-time designated hitter Harold Baines, former San Francisco Giants star Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire — and the managers on it, Lou Piniella or Davey Johnson.Then there’s Belle, who seems to have mellowed considerably with age.”I just turned 50 this year,” Belle said. “Life changes compared to when I was 25 or 30. … I don’t have to take on the world and do everything Albert’s way, because now, it’s not about me.”Belle and his wife of 12 years live in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they’re raising three daughters, ages 10, 9 and 6. While he was on the phone with Sporting News, the sounds of happy voices could be heard in the background yelling, “Daddy, come play with us.”Belle noted, “I was just telling my wife, I was like, ‘I couldn’t imagine trying to wake up and play a game a[……]

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Let's watch videos of (almost) every four-homer game in history

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Baseball A four-homer game in baseball is even more rare than a perfect game. So, in some ways, it’s even more exciting to watch it unfold.There have been 18 players in history to club four long balls in a single game. Roughly a dozen of them have come in the era of television, which means most of these mighty feats are preserved on video for baseball fans to enjoy decades after the fact.MORE: 10 single-season feats we’ll never see againHere, thanks to the archives, is video of every four-home run game for which video exists (or, at least, that we know exists). Willie Mays, 1961Willie Mays hit 660 homers in his Hall of Fame career, but the four he hit on April 30, 1961, against the Braves might have come as a surprise. Mays said he was up all night before the game with apparent food poisoning. But even some bad pork ribs couldn’t stop the Say Hey Kid.Mike Schmidt, 1976Wrigley Field has seen a lot of home runs, and it saw a lot of Mike Schmidt’s 548 career homers during the ’70s and ’80s夜网论坛. Plus, when the Phillies and Cubs got together in those days, weird stuff seemed to happen. Schmidt’s four-homer game on April 17, 1976, was just one example.Bob Horner, 1986Bob Horner was a masher. He looked the part, and he played the part. Playing in the Launching Pad (aka Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium), Horner put many, many balls over the wall, though the apex of his long-ball career came on July 6, 1986, when he smacked four homers in a game against the Expos. Unfortunately for Horner, he did it in a losing effort. #Barves.MORE: That time a minor-leaguer hit eight homers in a gameMark Whiten, 1993Mark Whiten was an intimidating presence at the plate in the ’90s, earning him the nickname “Hard Hittin’ Whiten.” Besides the nickname, Whiten’s biggest claim to fame is the day he hit four home runs for the Cardinals against the Reds in a 12-RBI explosion on Sept. 7, 1993. Whiten actually had 13 RBIs on the day, as his four-homer output came in the second game of a double-header. In the first game, Whiten went 1-for-4 and drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk. Bonus: Listen to a young Joe Buck call the homers.Mike Cameron, 2002It had been nearly nine years since the last four-homer game when Mike Cameron of the Mariners clubbed four dingers against the White Sox on May 2, 2002. Fans may recall that Cameron just missed becoming the first player with five home runs in one game when he flied out to the warning track in his final at-bat.Shawn Green, 2002Baseball fans didn’t have to wait long for the next four-homer game. Just a few weeks after Cameron’s big game, Shawn Green of the Dodgers had perhaps the greatest offensive game in history against the Brewers. Green not only hit four homers, but went 6-for-6 and accumulated a record 19 total bases.Carlos Delgado, 2003The Blue Jays’ Carlos Delgado accomplished multiple feats on Sept. 25, 2003. Yes, he fit four home runs against the Rays, but he also[……]

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Ivan Nova staying with Pirates on 3-year deal

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null Baseball Ivan Nova seemed rejuvenated after joining the Pirates last summer, and he’s decided to see whether he can sustain it.The free-agent right-hander has agreed to re-sign with Pittsburgh, according to multiple reports Thursday. He’ll get a three-year deal worth $26 million, FanRag Sports reports. Nova’s deal will be only third multi-year contract for free-agent starting pitcher this off-season. Others: Hill (3/48) and Volquez (2/22).— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 22, 2016Nova, who turns 30 in January, went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts for the Pirates after arriving in an Aug. 1 trade for a pair of minor leaguers. He was 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA in 21 appearances (15 starts) for the Yankees before that.MORE: Edwin Encarnacion has multiple offers, agent says The trade capped a fall from grace in the Yankees organization for Nova, who finished fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was impressiv夜网论坛e in 2013 before tearing an elbow ligament in his fourth start of the 2014 season. That led to Tommy John surgery that kept him out into the following season and he never quite found his groove again in New York. Nova rejoins Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the front of Pittsburgh’s rotation heading into 2017. The question is whether the Pirates will look to add another established arm to the rotation. They have been mentioned in connection with rumors of a potential Jose Quintana trade this week, but it’s unclear whether they can afford the White Sox lefty.[……]

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Indians' Edwin Encarnacion leaves ALDS with right ankle sprain

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Baseball null CLEVELAND — Edwin Encarnacion left Game 2 o夜网论坛f the ALDS against the New York Yankees with a right ankle sprain after an awkward play at second base.The press box announced Encarnacion was being further evaluated. He was attempting to get back to the bag at second base when he twisted his right ankle. New York’s Didi Gregorius, who caught a line drive by Jay Bruce, beat Encarnacion to the bag. Encarnacion appeared to jam his foot into the side of the bag. Here’s a look at the play:  Edwin Encarnacion’s ankle injury. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/1TXEoG90iQ— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) October 6, 2017Encarnacion was helped off the field by trainers. He was not putting weight on the ankle. Michael Brantley took Encarnacion’s spot at designated hitter.  He had 38 homers and 127 RBIs this season, and this would be a major blow for the Indians in their attempt to get back to the World Series.[……]

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Game 1 slog a sign nothing is certain in Astros-Red Sox ALCS

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null null Baseball null BOSTON — It was billed as a potential classic, with a pair of veteran workhorse pitchers — Justin Verlander of the Astros and Chris Sale of the Red Sox — capable of going deep into the game and making the two lineups uncomfortable all night. Previewing Game 1 of the ALCS, a headline in The Boston 夜网论坛Globe called it “a matchup to savor.”What we got, instead, was a bizarre exhibition, a matchup to scorn, one so unsightly, it’s impossible to project how the rest of the series might go. Sale suffered his breakdown in a labored, 34-pitch, two-run second inning; Verlander made it to the fifth before his implosion, a 32-pitch yawn-a-thon that yielded two Boston runs. Neither resembled an ace for a World Series team. In the end, the Astros won 7-2, largely because the Red Sox had a harder time throwing the ball over the plate and making sound-minded plays, and the lack of depth in their woebegone bullpen was again evident. Through eight innings there were just four hits in the game, all singles. The Astros pulled away with a pair of homers in the ninth, by Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel.MORE: Watch the Astros-Red Sox ALCS live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)  The final numbers paint a telling picture. Ugliness reigned. There were 14 walks and three hit batters total in the game. There were two wild pitches, one leading to a run, and two errors. The Astros’ first two runs came after Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez allowed a hard-hit grounder by George Springer to go under his glove for a base hit, a play he should have made. There was a moment of oddness after the end of the fifth inning. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected by home plate umpire James Hoye for arguing balls and strikes. Andrew Benintendi, who was at the plate with runners on second and third and two outs in a 2-2 game, had struck out looking on a pitch that appeared to be well off the plate. It was just Cora’s second ejection of the year.”I disagree that it was a strike,” Cora said after the game, “but I don’t know. I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do for my players. We didn’t agree that the pitch was a strike. (Hoye) did. You can’t argue balls and strikes, and he threw me out.”GAME 2: Red Sox make another big bet on David PriceThings went into full circus mode in the top of the eighth when Houston pinch runner Jake Marisnick took off from first base on an 0-2 count to Marwin Gonzalez. Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez hurled a wild throw to second with Marisnick streaking toward the base. The ball was bound for center field, but 65-year-old umpire Joe West stood nearly still as he throw zipped toward him. It thudded against West’s righ[……]

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John Smoltz staggers to 85 in first round of U.S. Senior Open

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null Golf John Smoltz’s debut in a major golf championship did not go well.The Baseball Hall of Famer posted a 15-over-par 85 on Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. BRZEZINSKI: USGA still struggling to rediscover identity after Shinnecock Afterward, Smoltz admitted the course had beaten him. “I’m just being honest,” Smoltz told reporters, per The Associated Press. “I don’t have enough game for this course yet.”Smoltz was playing under typically onerous U.S. Open course conditions, and while he said he only hit “three bad shots,” he also points out that he was in a lot unfamiliar of situations.”I never expected to get that many bad lies,” he said, per the AP. “Nothing I could do about it. And I had a lot of tough shots that I have not practiced and that I am not used to hitting.”One positive for Smoltz is that he didn’t p夜网论坛ost the worst score of the day. In fact, three golfers had gone higher as of 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. MT). He’ll try to stay off the bottom Friday in Round 2. Tee time is 2:51 p.m. ET (12:51 p.m. MT).UPDATE: Smoltz scored better than four golfers, two of whom are amateurs. He ended the day 19 shots behind first-round leader Jerry Kelly.[……]

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Every team should follow Orioles' plan to attract young fans

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null Baseball Forget rule changes and forget pace of play. The Orioles have come up with the best idea yet to attract young fans: Let them in for free.The team announced Monday that it would let kids 9 and younger attend games for free when accompanied by an adult with an upper-deck ticket. It’s a savvy move that could pay big dividends years from now, and it’s something every other team should not only consider, but do immediately.   MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 teamsDespite what you may hear from headquarters, young fans will not fall in love with baseball because of a quicker pace that shaves a few minutes off the game. But they might fall in love with it if they actually get to see some games in person. The 夜网论坛in-person baseball experience has been part of the origin story of many a die-hard fan. These stories often have a familiar ring: seeing the green grass and the perfectly manicured infield for the first time, hearing the crack of the bat and watching a home run soar, feeling — not hearing, feeling — the roar of the crowd.  It’s a unique experience that’s helped shape sports fandom for millions. But it’s an experience that can’t be duplicated by watching on TV, no matter how big the screen and no matter how sophisticated the sound system.Yet, for the in-person experience to hook a new generation of fans, the games must be affordable. Going to the ballpark has long been considered a cost-prohibitive endeavor for many. One 2016 study found that the average cost for two people — not a family, TWO PEOPLE — was $77.92 when factoring in tickets, food and parking. Double that for a family of four and, depending on the team and the game, you’re looking at upwards of $200 or more. That limits most families to one or two trips to the ballpark per year, not to mention the cost of hotels and travel for families coming from out of town.While the cost of upper-deck tickets typically isn’t wallet-busting (sometimes around $5, depending on the team and game), the cost adds up quickly for larger families or those who want to attend several games per season. The Orioles’ plan reduces the cost significantly, allowing more families to enjoy games in person and, in theory, allowing more kids to get hooked on baseball.MORE: 18 things I really want to see during the 2018 seasonI and others have written before that the experience should be more fun, that it should shed the “boring” label. But that’s usually in the context of embracing bat flips or celebrating individual flair. Going to games is a different kind of fun, but it’s just as infectious as any other. And going to games for free is a great gateway to a lifetime of learning and loving the other aspects of the sport., with annual revenue in excess of $10 billion, should make it as easy as possible for kids to embrace the game. And it doesn’t g[……]

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