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Head of the Class: Chipper elected to Hall

By | Chipper Jones

Braves legend tallies 10th-highest percentage in balloting history

ATLANTA — Though he was certain he was going to receive the hallowed call, Chipper Jones tossed and turned as he experienced a restless night and attempted to calm the excitement he felt when he received confirmation he now has the distinction of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“I knew today was going to be a day that could possibly change my life forever,” Jones said. “You have a handful of instances where something happens that will change your life, with marriages and kids. But professionally, being drafted No. 1 overall in 1990 changed my life forever. Today was another instance where my life will never be the same.”

 

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Wade Davis signs record deal with Rockies as Cubs weigh spending on pitching

By | Wade Davis

Staying in touch with closer Wade Davis about a possible return is no longer an option for the Cubs.

Whether signing a closer with a proven ninth-inning track record remains an option for them is doubtful at best. The Cubs still are seeking a frontline starter, and Davis’ three-year, $52 million deal with the Rockies set a record-high bar for the closer market.

The $17.3 million average annual value of Davis’ contract breaks the old record of $17.2 million Aroldis Chapman got when he signed with the Yankees last winter and would seem to put ex-Rockies closer Greg Holland, the top free-agent closer remaining, well beyond the Cubs’ comfort level for a reliever.

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Kluber receives Bob Feller Man of Year Award

By | Corey Kluber

Indians ace also earned Cleveland BBWAA honor in ’14

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has rewritten several sections of the Indians’ record book with his pitching prowess over the past few seasons. His latest campaign led to his second career American League Cy Young Award — something no player had achieved before in Cleveland’s long, storied history.

For his work, Kluber has been named the recipient of the 2017 Bob Feller Man of the Year Award as voted by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, honoring the pitcher as the Indians’ top player for this past season. Kluber, who also won the award in ’14, became the first starting pitcher since Gaylord Perry (1972, ’74) to take home the honor twice.

“The No. 1 responsibility of a starting pitcher is to be reliable,” Kluber said after winning the AL Cy Young Award last month. “But then also, not just taking the ball, but taking the ball and going out there and giving the team a chance to win. Aside from any statistics, I think that, to me, is what I try to judge things on.”

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Indians ace Corey Kluber wins 2017 AL Cy Young award

By | Corey Kluber

This is the second career Cy Young for Kluber

Mike Axisa, www.cbssports.com,

Wednesday night, MLB and the Baseball Writers Association of American announced Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award. Red Sox lefty Chris Sale finished second in the voting and Yankees righty Luis Severino finished third.

This is the second career Cy Young for Kluber, who won the award back in 2014. He also finished third in the voting last season. Also, this is the fourth time in the past 11 seasons an Indians pitcher has won the AL Cy Young. CC Sabathia won in 2007, Cliff Lee won in 2008, and Kluber won in 2014 and 2017.

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Byron Buxton awarded American League Gold Glove for stellar defense

By | Byron Buxton
The Twins’ Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier were awarded Gold Gloves, baseball’s most prestigious defensive awards, in voting by league managers an coaches announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Minnesota player earned a Gold Glove, and the first time in a decade, since Torii Hunter and Johan Santana were honored in their final season here, that a pair of Twins won in the same year.

“For Byron, it’s recognition of what we all saw this year, the emergence of an elite defender,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “And for Brian to be recognized, I’m really happy for him. There have been a lot of great second baseman out there, so it hasn’t been easy for him to jump up and be recognized as someone who can make the high-end plays with anybody.”

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Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale named Cy Young finalist

By | Chris Sale

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award.

The announcement was made by Major League Baseball Monday during the unveiling of the finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s honors.

Sale was lights-out for much of the regular season, finishing with a 17-8 record, 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He struck out 308 batters, which was the most strikeouts thrown by a pitcher this season.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is finalist for American League’s Cy Young Award

By | Corey Kluber

Dave “Dino” DeNatale , WKYC

CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber may soon be able to be referred to as ‘Cy Kluber’ once again.

The Indians right-hander has been named as one of three finalists for the 2017 American League’s Cy Young Award. Kluber, who won the award in 2014, put together a dominant regular season as he finished 18-4 with a 2.25 earned run average.

Kluber’s 18 wins tied for the most in the American League. His 2.25 ERA was easily the lowest in the AL, while his 265 strikeouts were second only to Boston’s Chris Sale. (Keep in mind, injuries kept Kluber to only 29 starts in 2017).

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Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton wins Fielding Bible Award

By | Byron Buxton

by Benjamin Chase

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton won some well-deserved hardware on Monday when he was selected for a Fielding Bible Award

Multiple Minnesota Twins players will likely hear their names announced as winners of awards as the postseason comes to a close, but the first major one came on Monday as Byron Buxton won the Fielding Bible Award for center field.

What are the Fielding Bible Awards you ask? I’m glad you did…

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Chris Sale reaches K milestone as Red Sox clinch a playoff berth

By | Chris Sale

BALTIMORE — Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Angels lost 6-5 to the Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.

“Given where we are in the standings and what is at stake, every win is important,” manager John Farrell said. “Just getting into the playoffs is not our goal.”

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his 111th and final pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Farrell sent Sale back out for the eighth inning to give him a shot at getting No. 300.

Thing is, the left-hander had no idea he was at 299 when the inning started.

“No, I didn’t,” Sale said. “I went out there and struck out the last guy and everyone started losing it. I knew I was close, but I didn’t know I needed just one more.”

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox.