It was only last week that the Kansas City Royals closed out the 2015 MLB season with a World Series win over the New York Mets. But we're not done with baseball quite yet. After the postseason is awards season. And it kicked into high gear last night when Major League Baseball announced the 18 players who will add a Gold Glove to their trophy case.
Those are the winners at the top of the page, but in case you don't recognize them all here's the list:
NEW YORK (AP) — They worked all season to take one more step in the World Series.
Eric Hosmer wouldn't wait any longer.
A daring dash by Hosmer tied the score in the ninth, and those bound-and-determined Kansas City Royals rallied yet again to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings early Monday for their first championship since 1985.
One agonizing win from ecstasy last year, this time the Royals reign after their latest incredible comeback and a go-ahead hit in Game 5 from Christian Colon, maybe the most unlikely player in uniform.
So go ahead and crown 'em, Kansas City! The job is finally done.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain raced in from the outfield about as fast as he had raced around the bases, hurrying to join the rest of the Kansas City Royals as they streamed onto the diamond in celebration.
There was Eric Hosmer, hugging anyone in sight. And curmudgeonly manager Ned Yost, finally cracking a smile. And stoic closer Wade Davis, who let out a fierce roar Friday night when the Royals recorded the final out in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series, a white-knuckle, 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
A win that returned the Royals to the World Series.
"We came in with one goal," Cain said with a smile, "and that was to get back."
CHICAGO (AP) — Two sweet swings by Lucas Duda put New York in position for a playoff sweep of the Chicago Cubs, and Daniel Murphy finished the job for the Mets.
Next up is a trip to the World Series.
Murphy homered for a record sixth consecutive postseason game, and the Mets brushed aside the Cubs 8-3 Wednesday night, capping a National League Championship Series in which New York never trailed.
"I can't explain it. It's such a blessing to contribute to what we've been able to do," Murphy said.
Ever wonder how items from famous baseball games end up in the Hall of Fame? Or who decides which pieces are worthy?
The answers to both questions lie with Brad Horn, Vice President of Communications and Education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
Before Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium, for instance, Horn read that ESPN commentator Jessica Mendoza would be the first woman to call a postseason game. Before the game, he walked up to Mendoza on the field and asked if she would donate her scorecard from the broadcast for the Hall of Fame’s “Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball” exhibit. She happily agreed. Now, a signed scorecard from the Astros’ 3-0 victory over the Yankees is headed to Cooperstown.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — These Chicago Cubs are supposed to be too young to be here. Or maybe they're just too good to care.
Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.
Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all season long. Facing his biggest test yet, the bearded ace beat the odds and the Yankees once again.
Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career, Keuchel baffled the Yankees for six innings of three-hit ball, Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Astros blanked New York 3-0 Tuesday night in the American League wild-card game.
The orange-clad Astros, who secured their spot in this winner-take-all game on the last day of the regular season. now advance to the AL Division Series. They will face the defending AL champion Royals, starting Thursday night in Kansas City.
"To come to Yankee Stadium and play that well was truly remarkable," said Keuchel, the AL's only 20-game winner.