A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

By | Brian McCann, Charlie Morton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.

They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.

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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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