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.
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:
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:
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.
When you visit a major league ballpark, you expect to see monuments to the team's all-time greats. At AT&T Park in San Francisco, for example, the Giants have honored four Hall of Fame players with statues: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, and Orlando Cepeda.
What's not so common is an active player receiving the same kind of treatment. And yet the Giants set aside a day, September 12, to honor superstar catcher Buster Posey at his home park with a life-sized figure. But this one wasn't made of bronze — it was built with Lego bricks.
"It's really neat," the 28-year-old Posey says of his Lego likeness. But it's also a reflection of how important he's become to the Giants and the city of San Francisco.
Since becoming an everyday player in 2010, Posey has been a consistent .300 hitter, and he's gotten the most out of one of the best starting rotations in baseball (including the only Giants perfect game and two other no-hitters). He's also won three World Series and a slew of personal awards, and he has enjoyed visibility around town as the face of the team.
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."