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Yankees Celebrate an Early Thanksgiving to Help Neighbors in Need

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People around the country will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. But yesterday in the Bronx, members of the New York Yankees organization got into the holiday spirt a little early.

Last night, the Presbott Foundation held it’s annual turkey giveaway at Grand Slam, a batting cage and baseball-themed entertainment center. Organized by Yankees scout Cesar Presbott and his wife, Dr. Angelica Presbott, the event distributed loads of Thanksgiving meals to families and members of the Latino community who live within blocks of Yankee Stadium.
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Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson Named 2015 MLB MVPs

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal - and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards.

"All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day," he said.

Harper did that, and a lot more. The Washington slugger put behind his injury-plagued past and put up huge numbers, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history when he captured the NL honor Thursday.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson took the AL MVP after helping to boost the Blue Jays back into the postseason for the first time since 1993.
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Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel Win 2015 Cy Young Awards

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The Chicago Cubs might have lost the NLCS to the New York Mets, but the team is making up for it by racking up the postseason honors. Kris Bryant won National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, while Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year Tuesday. Yesterday, another Cub got in on the action.

Last night, Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta received the NL Cy Young Award. Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel took home the American League Cy Young. It was the first Cy Young for both players. (Another winner with this year's Cy Youngs? Crazy beards.)
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Jeff Banister and Joe Maddon Named Managers of the Year

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If you're a baseball manager in your first season with a club and you lead the team to an epic turnaround, chances are you're picking up some hardware at the end of the season. So it's not a real surprise who the Baseball Writers' Association of America named as their Managers of the Year.

Last night, the BWAA announced that Texas Rangers skipper Jeff Banister and Chicago Cubs guru Joe Maddon were this year's top clubhouse leaders. It was the first time Banister won the award — which makes sense because this was his first year as a manager. Maddon, meanwhile, is now a three-time recipient of the honor. He previously won as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and 2011.
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Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa are Your 2015 Rookies of the Year

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At the end of the 2015 MLB season, everyone knew that Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant would be the National League's Rookie of the Year. The only question was how wide of a margin he'd win by. Last night, we got our answer: it was unanimous.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the winners of American and National League Rookies of the Year yesterday, and in the NL Bryant received all 30 first place votes. This makes him only the 20th player to win Rookie of the Year unanimously.
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Now Batting: MLB's 2015 Silver Sluggers

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The MLB awards hits just keep coming — in this case, literally. Last night, Major League Baseball and Louisville Slugger announced the winners of the 2015 Silver Slugger honors.

The silver bats are voted on by MLB managers and coaches and awarded to players who excel offensively at their position. 

There are lots of familiar names in this lineup. But there are also eight first-time recipients: Xander Bogaerts, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, J.D. Martinez, Kendrys Morales, Dee Gordon, Brandon Crawford, and Bryce Harper.

Here's the complete winners list, along with their stat lines, followed by a highlight reel showing these big bats in action:
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Nine MLBers Named Defensive Players of the Year

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Hot on the heels of the Gold Gloves comes another major league honor: Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. The awards were announced last night and recognize the top defensive position players in Major League Baseball.

According to Wilson, the winners were determined "using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge."

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was named the overall Defensive Player of the Year. What earned him the nod? Glad you asked! This highlight reel provides ample evidence for his defensive skill:

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