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American League MVP

1. Jose Altuve- Astros

2. Aaron Judge- Yankees

3. Jose Ramirez- Indians

                                                                       

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National League MVP

1. Giancarlo Stanton- Marlins

2. Paul Goldschmidt- D-backs

3. Nolan Arenado- Rockies

                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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American League Cy Young

1. Corey Kluber- Indians

2. Chris Sale- Red Sox

3. Luis Severino- Yankees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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National League Cy Young

1. Max Scherzer- Nationals

2. Clayton Kershaw- Dodgers

3. Stephen Strasburg- Nationals

                                         

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American League Rookie Of The Year

1. Aaron Judge- Yankees

2. Andrew Benintendi- Red Sox

3. Trey Mancini- Orioles

                                     

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National League Rookie Of The Year

1. Cody Bellinger- Dodgers

2. Josh Bell - Pirates

3. Paul DeJong- Cardinals

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American League Manager Of The Year

1. Paul Molitor- Twins

2. Terry Francona- Indians

3. A.J. Hinch- Astros

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National League Manager Of The Year

1. Dave Roberts- Dodgers

2. Torey Lovullo- D-backs

3. Bud Black- Rockies

 
AL Rookie of the Year Voting
 

Aaron Judge, NYY
30


150
Andrew Benintendi, BOS

23
6
75
Trey Mancini, BAL

5
16
31
Matt Olson, OAK

1
2
5
Yuli Gurriel, HOU


5
5
Jordan Montgomery, NYY
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING
Cody Bellinger, LAD
30
150
Paul DeJong, STL
15
11
56
Josh Bell, PIT
10
2
32
Rhys Hoskins, PHI
1
9
12
German Marquez, COL
2
4
10
Manuel Margot, SD
1
2
5
Kyle Freeland, COL
1
3
Luis Castillo, CIN
1
1
Ian Happ, CHC
1
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two years after rejecting a lucrative five-year contract that would have extended his successful tenure as the Blue Jays' general manager, Alex Anthopoulos has accepted the challenge of guiding the Braves past recent problems and toward what could be a very bright future.
Braves CEO and chairman Terry McGuirk appeared both excited and relieved during a Monday afternoon news conference at SunTrust Park. As he introduced Anthopoulos as the team's new executive vice president and general manager, he also seemed to distance himself from the frustration created by an ongoing MLB investigation that necessitated this change.
"I can't say enough about what I feel about where I feel the organization is going," Anthopoulos said. "I view this as one of the premier jobs in all of sports with the young talent that we have here. There are some dynamic young players. There's no question that we certainly expect big things moving forward."
Anthopoulos was given a four-year deal that runs through the end the of 2021 season. The 40-year-old Montreal native was scheduled to fly to Orlando late Monday night to attend MLB's annual General Managers Meetings.
With arguably baseball's best farm system and the significant revenue opportunities SunTrust Park and its surrounding mixed-use development could provide, the Braves certainly have reason to be excited about what the future could provide.
But the club's long-term future will be influenced by the severity of the penalties issued at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation into infractions committed within the domestic Draft and within the international market. Former general manager John Coppolella was forced to resign on Oct. 2, and president of baseball operations John Hart had to relinquish his involvement in baseball operations as he was moved to a senior advisor's role on Monday.
With Hart in his new role, Anthopoulos will run the baseball ops department and report directly to McGuirk.
"The past few months have been the toughest in the storied history of the Atlanta Braves franchise," McGuirk said. "Frankly, the Braves have not lived up to our standard that the fans expect of us and what we expect of ourselves. On behalf of the entire Braves family, I want to apologize to the fans and our partners. We've let you down, and we will work to regain your trust, which actually begins today with this announcement."
As the Braves began their search, they targeted Royals senior VP and general manager Dayton Moore, who is recognized as a strong leader who could restore internal morale and regain external trust with fans, executives, agents and players. But because Kansas City's ownership never provided permission to speak to Moore, McGuirk began focusing on Anthopoulos, who made a strong impression on Bobby Cox and others when he came to Atlanta for an interview on Oct. 30, between Games 5 and 6 of the World Series.
When Anthopoulos returned to Los Angeles the next day and continued his duties as the Dodgers' vice president of player development, he told his wife about the connection he'd made with McGuirk and spoke glowingly about the chance to work in Atlanta.
"I told my wife, 'This is as good a job as I'm ever going to be able to find. I'd love to get it,'" Anthopoulos said. "That two-week wait, I was on pins and needles a little bit. I tried to play it cool, but it was tough. It was tough. I was still trying to do my work in L.A. and can't say enough about them being able to support me, but I can't say enough about the upside here and what we're ultimately going to be."
While serving as the Blue Jays' general manager from 2009-15, Anthopoulos never shied away from the opportunity to make a significant trade, some of which improved the team's strength in the Draft or on the international market. He ended his tenure in Toronto shortly after his autonomy was threatened by the arrival of CEO and team president Mark Shapiro.
Before beginning the interview process, the Braves made it clear Anthopoulos would have full autonomy with the baseball operations department.
"I didn't have any aspirations or desire to leave L.A.," Anthopoulos said. "I was thrilled. My family had moved there and so on, but I was blown away spending the night with these guys, and like I had said, I think I was open-minded going into it. And my wife had even told me, 'I've never seen you so excited.' It had been a while. So that's when I knew it was the right fit."
Mark Bowman / MLB.com
 
Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.
And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.
The veteran outfielder, who officially announced his retirement Monday in an essay on The Players' Tribune, told MLB.com he reached the verdict to hang up his spikes sometime over the summer, never wavering from that choice during Houston's memorable run.
"At the beginning of this year, being in Houston while my family was in New York, it was the first time I've been away from my family for months," Beltran said in his first interview since announcing his retirement. "I told [my wife] Jessica I really missed the family and I wanted to be with them, so I was really contemplating retirement after this year. I said, 'Hopefully we can get to the World Series and win the World Series, so I can go home on a happy note.'
"When the family came to Houston for the summer, I told Jessica, 'This will be my last year for sure.' I couldn't be away from my family for such a long time anymore."
Beltran got his storybook ending with the Astros' Game 7 victory over the Dodgers, giving him that long-awaited championship that had eluded him for the better part of two decades. Beltran's finest contribution was his clutch double in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the AL Division Series vs. the Red Sox, which helped Houston clinch the series.
What now for Beltran? He is looking forward to spending time with his family in New York, where his two daughters attend school, though he knows he wants to manage in the Majors someday.
"As a family, we're looking forward to spending time together, traveling, enjoying ourselves and doing things with our kids," Beltran said. "At the same time, I've told Jessica that at some point in my career, I would love to have the opportunity to manage."
The 2017 season had been a different one for Beltran, a nine-time All-Star who had been an everyday player for the bulk of his first 18 full seasons. The Astros signed him to be their primary DH, though as the season progressed, his playing time decreased.
That didn't minimize Beltran's significance to the Astros, whose core was comprised of young players who lacked the wisdom and experience of their elder statesman. As George Springer struggled through the American League Championship Series, he relied on Beltran's advice to help him stay focused. Springer responded with a huge World Series, earning MVP honors as Houston captured its first title, giving Beltran plenty of credit along the way.
"As a player, you get to a point where you're pursuing this goal every year and you know how hard it is to accomplish that," Beltran said. "This year was different for me; by the end of the season, I didn't play as much. I was very active with the guys in the clubhouse, working with the younger players, so I got to see a different side of the game. It was a different role, but I really enjoyed it.
"I told Jessica, 'If I win the World Series, it will be an amazing story; but if I don't, that won't diminish or define who I've been as a ballplayer.' There are so many players that played this game and never had the chance to win the World Series or even go to the playoffs. Being able to win was a great feeling, especially with a great group of guys. It's something we'll remember for the rest of our lives."
Beltran retires with a .279/.350/.486 slash line, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBIs and 1,582 runs scored. He admits that falling short of some milestones -- 3,000 hits, in particular -- is disappointing, but he feels comfortable that he took full advantage of his talent during stops with the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers.
Chasing milestones, however, wasn't enough to keep him playing instead of going home to spend time with Jessica and their three children, Ivana (10), Kiara (6) and Evan Carlos (2).
"I didn't tell anybody, but I was 100-percent sure that I was going to go home [after the postseason]," said Beltran, who tried to soak everything in during the final months of the season. "There were days when the family was in Houston that I didn't feel like going to the ballpark. I was having such a good time with the family, with the kids. When I started getting those feelings, it made me think.
"I have such a passion for baseball, but at some point, it's time. I wish I could play this game for a few more years to get to some goals like 3,000 hits or things like that, but at the end of the day, I just felt like it was time for me to move to my next chapter in life."
Beltran's name is frequently thrown around in Hall of Fame conversations, but he hasn't spent much time considering that possibility. After more than two decades of focusing only on things he could control, he's not going to get wrapped up in something completely out of his power.
"I'm satisfied with my career," Beltran said. "I can see myself back in my hometown of Manati [Puerto Rico], walking to the ballpark when I was a kid, trying to become a professional ballplayer. Seeing the things that I have accomplished in the game, not a lot of guys have accomplished that. That God chose me to be one of those guys, I'm extremely blessed."
Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
 
Home runs were a dominant theme of the 2017 season, with the long-ball exploits of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge among the season's lastimg storylines. So it's no surprise that the emphasis on the annual Silver Slugger Awards should be on the word "slugger," with Stanton and Judge among the honorees.
Presented annually by Louisville Slugger with the winners announced Thursday night on MLB Network, the Silver Slugger Awards honor the top hitters at each position for each league in Major League Baseball, as voted by MLB managers and coaches, who could not vote for someone on their team.
Stanton, whose 59 homers were the most in the Majors since 2001, won for a second time, while Judge -- who set a rookie record with 52 homers -- and teammate Gary Sanchez led a cast of eight first-time winners, with Judge the only rookie honoree.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and Giants catcher Buster Posey won their fourth Silver Sluggers to lead those with multiple honors.
Stanton, who won his first honor in 2014, put on the biggest power show seen in more than a decade. He gave the vaunted total of 60 a good run, finishing one shy with the most recorded in a season since Barry Bonds' record 73 and Sammy Sosa's 64 in 2001. Stanton's 20-homer advantage over No. 2 Cody Bellinger was the largest gap in NL history, tied for fifth-largest in MLB history. In a summer surge, he homered 23 times in 35 games, including six straight, nine in a 10-game span and 16 in a 25-game span.
And he did it with very few cheapies. According to Statcast™, Stanton led the Majors with 30 homers of more than 420 feet, and with 10 homers of more than 450 feet. He parlayed those homers into an MLB-leading 132 RBIs, while also setting career highs with 32 doubles, an NL-leading .631 slugging percentage and a 1.007 OPS.
Over in the American League, a slugging legend was quickly in the making in the Bronx, where Judge burst on the scene with a rookie-record 52 home runs to help lead the Yankees to the postseason. The 6-foot-7 strongman also led the league with 128 runs scored and 127 walks, along with an MLB-leading 208 strikeouts. From a Statcast™ perspective, Judge set the single-season record with 87 barrels and had the longest home run of the year, a 495-foot shot on June 11 at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez, at 24 actually a year younger than the Rookie of the Year favorite Judge, had himself an all-time season for a catcher himself. His 33 homers set a club record for a primary catcher, surpassing the 30 hit by Yogi Berra twice and Jorge Posada in 2003. He led all MLB catchers in homers, runs (79), RBIs (90) and slugging percentage (.531). Sanchez had the second-longest homer of the year with one hit 493 feet on Aug. 22.
Whether it was the long ball or a consistent stroke that kept churning out the hits, the list of Silver Slugger winners for 2017 exhibits the very best of a season that was among the most powerful ever seen.
Altuve, whose four straight Silver Sluggers coincide with his four straight 200-hit seasons, is a leading Most Valuable Player candidate after leading the AL with a .346 average and 204 hits. The 5-foot-6 wonder didn't lead the charge to the postseason alone, however, as the first Silver Slugger won by outfielder George Springer helps attest. Springer delivered from the top of the lineup that led all of baseball with 896 runs scored, hitting all 34 of his homers as a leadoff man and whacking nine leadoff homers. He set career highs in homers, RBIs (85), average (.283), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.889).
Rounding out the AL outfield, the Angels' Justin Upton picked up his third Silver Slugger overall, this one coming in a season he split between the Tigers and the Angels, still managing to become the first AL left fielder with 35 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs since 2009. 
Joining Altuve in the AL infield, four-time Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer of the Royals is among the first-time Silver Slugger honorees. He finished in the AL top 10 in average (.318), hits (192), on-base percentage (.385), runs (98) and multi-hit games (53). The left side of the AL infield comes from the Indians with shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez both earning their first silver. Lindor led all Major League shortstops with 44 doubles, 33 homers and 89 RBIs, and Ramirez made himself into an MVP finalist with 91 extra-base hits, the second-most ever by an MLB switch-hitter, and a Major League-leading 56 doubles.
Nelson Cruz won his first Silver Slugger as designated hitter, and second overall, leading the AL with 119 RBIs and smacking 39 home runs to set a Seattle season record for DHs.
That AL roster means Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, a seven-time winner, and Mike Trout of the Angels, who had won a Silver Slugger each of his first five seasons, are not among this year's honorees.
In the National League, Nolan Arenado of the Rockies won his third straight award and was joined among the honorees for the second straight year by center fielder and leadoff man Charlie Blackmon. With his third straight award, Arenado joins Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as the only NL third basemen to win the award that many times in a row. Arenado notched his third straight season with 130-plus RBIs, the first third baseman in MLB history to do so, and cracked 37 homers. His "Nazty" teammate had a remarkable season of his own, Blackmon winning the NL batting title at .331 and finishing with 104 RBIs, an MLB record for a leadoff hitter.
The outfield is rounded out by the Marcell Ozuna, whose first honor means all three Marlins outfielders have won the award in the last two years, joining Stanton this year and Christian Yelich last year. Ozuna set career highs in hits (191), doubles (30), home runs (37), RBIs (124), walks (64) and average (.312). 
Paul Goldschmidt, a finalist for MVP honors, earned his third award at first base after a career-high-tying 36 home runs and 120 RBIs. He is joined in the infield by Arenado and repeat winners Daniel Murphy of the Nationals at second base and Corey Seager of the Dodgers at shortstop.
The National League squad also features Posey, a four-time honoree who had a .400 on-base percentage and .861 OPS, and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, a first-time winner after going for a .262 average, two homers and 11 RBIs in 2017.
Here is the entire list of 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners:
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
First base: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Jose Ramirez (Indians)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor (Indians)
Outfield: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Outfield: Justin Upton (Angels)
Outfield: George Springer (Astros)
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz (Mariners)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants)
First base: Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Shortstop: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
The first week of awards season concludes Friday with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year honors announced at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Next week, a four-day run of Baseball Writers' Association of America awards will reveal winners from each league for Rookie of the Year on Monday, Manager of the Year on Tuesday, Cy Young Award on Wednesday and Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
All four one-hour specials for the BBWAA awards will begin at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
Awards season will culminate with the Esurance MLB Awards at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 17, on MLB Network, covering all the bases with awards acknowledging baseball's best on and off the field in 2017.
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox delivered some devastating news on Wednesday, announcing that 17-year-old Minor League catcher Daniel Flores has died due to complications during treatment for cancer.
Flores was Boston's top international signing from last July, as the club signed him to a $3.1 million deal with visions that he could one day be the team's No. 1 catcher.
"Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel's tragic passing," Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us. On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel's family."
It had not been made public that Flores had cancer until after his death. The Red Sox didn't disclose the type of cancer out of respect for the wishes of the Flores family.
Flores had been undergoing cancer treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital in recent weeks.
The news came one day after former star Major League pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash.
Assistant general manager Eddie Romero, who helped lead the effort to sign Flores, also released a statement.
"Every member of our organization who got to know Daniel absolutely loved him," said Romero. "He was energetic, hard-working and genuinely selfless, always with a smile on his face. He cared for his teammates and was a natural leader. I'm at a loss for words today. Daniel was an impressive young man with limitless potential, and his life was cut far too short.
"My condolences go out to Daniel's mother and sister. Though with us for a short time, Daniel will always be a part of the Red Sox family."
Flores idolized Royals catcher Salvador Perez and had the chance to meet him a few times. Flores hoped to one day play on the same Major League field as Perez, who helped the Royals win the World Series in 2015.
Flores was ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Boston's farm system by MLBPipeline.com.
Some scouts felt Flores was the best international prospect available last summer, and the Red Sox graded him as an elite defender with promising raw power. A switch hitter, Flores was projected to do damage from both sides of the plate.
Combine those traits with footwork, a strong arm, a sound release point and an impressively seamless transfer for a 17-year-old, and the Red Sox were sure Flores was the player to target as their top international signing.
Boston was excited to watch Flores develop, and he was slated to play in the Dominican Summer League in 2018.
One thing that impressed the Red Sox about the strides Flores made defensively in such a short amount of time, is that the prospect started out as a shortstop.
In Venezuela, Flores was trained by former Blue Jays Minor League infielder Jose Salas Jr. Flores moved to catcher at Salas' Puro Beisbol academy in Caracas and developed into the top amateur catcher in Venezuela prior to signing with the Red Sox.
MLBPipeline's scouting report on Flores After the Red Sox spent heavily on the 2014-15 international amateur market for talents such as the since-traded Yoan Moncada and Anderson Espinoza, baseball rules prohibited them from spending more than $300,000 on an individual player in the next two signing periods. Freed from those restrictions in 2017, Boston landed Flores, whom some teams considered the best player available. His all-around potential as a catcher earned him a $3.1 million bonus out of Venezuela.
Flores is one of the best defensive catchers amateur scouts have seen in years, earning comparisons to the likes of Austin Hedges. He has a well above-average arm, the product of plus arm strength, a quick release and impressive accuracy. He also receives and blocks well, giving him all the ingredients to develop into a Gold Glover.
A switch-hitter, Flores is better from the right side of the plate and is still honing his lefty stroke. He has the chance to hit for average and power as he gets stronger, and he already shows some ability to drive the ball during batting practice. The only tool he lacks is speed, as is the case with most catchers.
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In today's game of baseball, statistics point increasingly toward the need for airtight defense to supplement good arms and thump at the plate.
In other words, run prevention is not going out of style any time soon. On Tuesday the best defensive players in the sport received some precious metal accessories to pair with their already fashionable leather -- the prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
This year's honorees include the usual class of elite defenders we expect to haul in hardware this time of year, plus a few newcomers who jumped up and claimed their prizes for the first time.
Dominance at certain positions continued, with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies claiming his fifth straight Gold Glove and Alex Gordon of the Royals and Jason Heyward of the Cubs also winning for the fifth time.
The biggest surprises came at catcher, with two first-time winners unseating big names. Tucker Barnhart of the Reds and Martin Maldonado of the Angels pulled monster upsets for the hardware.
"It feels great," said Arenado, who has now won a Gold Glove in each of his Major League seasons. "Obviously, five is a pretty special number. Thank God I've been able to stay healthy and compete out there and do my job to help my team win. It means a lot."I want to try and win as many as I can and stay healthy."
This year's Gold Gloves represented a lot of teams, with only five -- the Rockies, D-backs, Twins, Angels and Royals, who each won two -- claiming more than one.
The Gold Gloves were decided by Major League managers and coaches, who voted only within their league and were unable to vote for players on their own teams. They accounted for 75 percent of the selection process, while the sabermetrics community accounted for the other 25 percent.
In the National League, the Gold Glove for first base went to Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, marking the third such award for the slugger and MVP candidate. Goldschmidt became the first Arizona player to win three Gold Gloves, and he did it by topping Joey Votto of the Reds and last year's winner, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
• Past Gold Glove Award winners: American League | National League
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu came through with his second Gold Glove and first since 2014. He beat out Dee Gordon of the Marlins and Ben Zobrist of the Cubs by leading all NL second basemen in total chances (729), assists (470), double plays (107), fielding percentage (.989), defensive WAR (1.2) and range factor per game (4.71) while ranking third in zone rating (.801).
Shortstop was a contentious affair in the NL, with Brandon Crawford of the Giants winning his third straight Gold Glove over Freddy Galvis of the Phillies and Corey Seager of the Dodgers. Crawford became the first NL shortstop to win three consecutive Gold Gloves since Jimmy Rollins.
Arenado did his thing once again at third base, coming out ahead of Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and David Freese of the Pirates to become the first NL third baseman to win five straight Gold Gloves since Scott Rolen (2000-04). Arenado led all NL third basemen in total chances (423), assists (311), double plays (39), defensive WAR (2.3) and range factor per game (2.64).
Heyward won his fifth Gold Glove (fourth consecutive) for right field in the NL, beating out Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins after a season in which Statcast™ had him at 11 outs above average, which tied for seventh among all outfielders in 2017, while ranking second for a corner outfielder, behind Mookie Betts' 16. Heyward also was one of nine outfielders -- and three corner outfielders -- to convert at least four five-star opportunities, and his 16 catches of four stars or better tied for fourth in MLB.
Ender Inciarte of the Braves won his second consecutive Gold Glove for NL center fielders, beating out Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Michael A. Taylor of the Nationals. According to Statcast™, Inciarte was 19 outs above average in 2017, which meant he trailed only Byron Buxton. Inciarte's seven five-star catches gave him two more than any other outfielder. He tied for second in MLB in both catches of four stars or better (24) and catches of three stars or better (51).
In left field in the NL, Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins claimed his first Gold Glove, besting Gerardo Parra of the Rockies and Adam Duvall of the Reds.
And behind the plate, Barnhart pulled off the stunner, taking down Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and last year's winner, Buster Posey. Barnhart threw out 44 percent of runners attempting to steal and posted a pop time of 2.01 seconds throwing to second base, according to Statcast™. He also led the NL with 661 blocked pitches and committed one error in 926 1/3 innings. He became the first Reds catcher to win a Gold Glove since Hall of Famer Johnny Bench in 1977.
"It's as good as it gets for me," Barnhart said. "I'm a defense-first player, I take a lot of pride in that, and to be able to win it and beat out guys like Buster and Yadi, it's incredibly special and something I'll remember for the rest of my life." 
Zack Greinke of the D-backs continued his recent run of domination at pitcher in the NL, beating out R.A. Dickey of the Braves and Zach Davies of the Brewers to become the first hurler since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux to win four straight Gold Gloves.
In the American League, Eric Hosmer reclaimed the Gold Glove at first base after missing out last year, beating the 2016 winner, Mitch Moreland of the Red Sox, and Carlos Santana of the Indians in the process. Hosmer played in all 162 games for the first time in his career and led AL first basemen in innings (1338.0) and total chances (1314), while finishing second in putouts (1314).
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier won his first Gold Glove, getting the nod over Red Sox veteran Dustin Pedroia and last year's winner, Ian Kinsler of the Tigers. Dozier committed only five errors in 674 total chances in 2017.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons of the Angels won his first Gold Glove as a member of the AL after winning two with the Braves in the NL. Simmons led the Majors with 32 defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs, and ranked second in the Majors with a 15.5 Ultimate Zone Rating. Simmons is just the third shortstop to win the award in both leagues, joining Omar Vizquel (1993-01 in the AL and 2005-06 in the NL) and Orlando Cabrera (2001 in the NL and 2007 in the NL).
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria also returned to the Gold Glove limelight, taking the honor for the third time in his career but for the first time since 2010. Longoria ranked second among AL third basemen with 11 Defensive Runs Saved, according to FanGraphs.
"The Gold Glove is one of the awards when I first started playing that I always wanted to win, so to win a third one is really cool," Longoria said. "I definitely take pride in my defense. ... It feels good to win it, and it feels good to win it in front of some really good players and some guys who put together good years." 
Gordon's excellence in left field is no secret, and in winning his first Gold Glove since 2014, he beat out a tough field that included last year's winner, Brett Gardner of the Yankees, and Angels left fielder Justin Upton.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton burst onto the AL Gold Glove scene by claiming his first such honor, topping Kevin Pillar of the Blue Jays and Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. A good reason why: Buxton led all MLB outfielders in 2017 with 25 outs above average, six more than second-place finisher Inciarte. Although Statcast™ determined that an average outfielder would have caught 86 percent of the fly balls hit toward Buxton this year, he actually caught 92 percent. In addition, Buxton hauled in an MLB-high 29 catches that Statcast™ rated as four or five stars. His 92.9 percent success rate on his 28 four-star chances was the highest for any outfielder with more than six.
"This is a special moment, not just for me but my teammates and family and the support system behind me to go out there every day and play a game I love and do the things I do," Buxton said. "Defense is very important and you want to be the best you can."
The AL Gold Glove for right field belongs to Betts for the second consecutive year. Betts had 31 defensive runs saved, the most among all outfielders, and that led to him beating out Yankees rookie Aaron Judge and 2015 winner Kole Calhoun of the Angels. Betts' 16 outs above average in 2017 tied for third among all MLB outfielders but first among corner outfielders. Heyward's 11 OAA was the second-highest total for anyone who spent the majority of their time in a corner spot. In addition, Betts ranked second to Buxton with 22 four-star catches while leading the Majors with 31 grabs rated as three stars. Combine all his catches of three stars or better, and his total of 55 also ranked first in MLB, ahead of Buxton (51).
Maldonado pulled off the upset at catcher, beating four-time winner Salvador Perez of the Royals and Indians backstop Yan Gomes. Maldonado led all AL catchers with 22 defensive runs saved.
And at pitcher, charismatic Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman took home an AL Gold Glove for the first time. Stroman led all pitchers with 37 assists and topped Rays righty Alex Cobb and Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale for the honor.
"This is honestly one of the awards I always wanted to win," Stroman said. "It attests to all the work I put in on the field with Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Goins daily. I'm excited. This is huge for me. This award is a big testament to them as much as me." 
Next we'll see who wins the Platinum Glove Awards, which give fans a chance to have their voices heard in the selection of both leagues' best overall defensive players. The voting will conclude on Thursday night, and the winners will be announced during Friday night's Gold Glove ceremony. Last year's Platinum Glove winners were Rizzo in the NL and Francisco Lindor in the AL.
National League
 C: Tucker Barnhart, Reds (1st Gold Glove)
 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs (3rd Gold Glove)
 2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (2nd Gold Glove)
 3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (5th Gold Glove)
 SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants (3rd Gold Glove)
 LF: Marcell Ozuna, Marlins (1st Gold Glove)
 CF: Ender Inciarte, Braves (2nd Gold Glove)
 RF: Jason Heyward, Cubs (5th Gold Glove)
 P: Zack Greinke, D-backs (4th Gold Glove)
American League
 C: Martin Maldonado, Angels (1st Gold Glove)
 1B: Eric Hosmer, Royals (4th Gold Glove)
 2B: Brian Dozier, Twins (1st Gold Glove)
 3B: Evan Longoria, Rays (3rd Gold Glove)
 SS: Andrelton Simmons, Angels (3rd Gold Glove)
 LF: Alex Gordon, Royals (5th Gold Glove)
 CF: Byron Buxton, Twins (1st Gold Glove)
 RF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (2nd Gold Glove)
 P: Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (1st Gold Glove)
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Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, died Tuesday when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40.
Halladay's death was confirmed by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which said that Halladay was alone on the plane.
The right-hander won 203 games for the Blue Jays and Phillies during a 16-year Major League career from 1998-2013. He went 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA from 2002-11, winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2003 and the National League Cy Young Award in 2010. https://www.mlb.com/video/halladay-passes-away-tragically/c-1866608383?tid=6479266
"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Phillies said in a statement. "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."
Halladay threw the no-hitter in the 2010 NL Division Series against the Reds, walking one batter in the series opener. Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
Halladay also threw a perfect game, the 20th in Major League history, against the Marlins in 2010.
 
Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting seven times.
"I know there are people in his family that fly," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, who called Halladay a "friend" of the community. "That's where he got it from. He loved to fly. He talked about flying. He talked about refurbishing planes. He grew up doing it. He talked about baseball and they talked about flying."
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The Astros celebrated their first World Series title with a huge victory parade through Houston, but they did so while missing one of the most important players to their championship run -- Justin Verlander.
However, the ALCS MVP had a valid reason for missing the festivities. On Saturday afternoon, Verlander got married to longtime girlfriend Kate Upton. As it turns out, weddings at the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort in Italy are pretty swanky.
 
 
 
 Justin Verlander's amazing week ends in matrimony
 
 
 
 
Verlander and Upton were married in front of a small group of close friends, three days after the former AL MVP earned his first World Series ring. In just about half a week, the ace received two of the most important rings in his life. Not too shabby.
And hey, fellow standout starter Dallas Keuchel made sure that Verlander's presence was felt at the parade anyway:
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka announced Friday that he has chosen not to opt out of his current contract with the team, and will subsequently remain in the Bronx for the next three seasons.
Tanaka, 29, finished the 2017 season with a 13-12 record and an ERA of 4.74. He tossed 178 1/3 innings, and posted a stellar 194/41 strikeout to walk ratio during the regular season.
"I have decided to stay with the Yankees for the next three seasons," Tanaka wrote in a statement Friday.
 
 
Masahiro Tanaka declines opt-out, will remain with Yankees through 2020
 
 
"It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing for this organization and for the wonderful fans of New York."
Signed prior to the 2014 season for seven years and $155 million out of Japan, Tanaka has shown elite skills on the mound when at his best, but injury setbacks and inconsistencies have also plagued the Japanese right-hander. His decision to remain with the Yankees, however, will help shore up a rotation that faced question marks heading into 2018.
"I'm excited to continue to be a part of this team, and I'm committed to our goal of bringing a World Series Championship back to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization, and the great fans of New York," Tanaka continued.
Tanaka's first four MLB seasons have seen him compile a record of 52-28 and a 3.56 ERA since he brought his talents to America. Despite his struggles in 2017, Tanaka was once again one of the league's best pitchers in terms of strikeouts-to-walks, posting a 4.73 K/BB ratio, good for eighth-best in MLB among qualified pitchers.
As the Yankees charged to the seventh game of the American League Championship Series, falling one win shy of what would've been a shocking World Series appearance, Tanaka dazzled. In three postseason starts, he surrendered a total of two runs, struck out 18 batters, walked just three, and held opponents to a .145 batting average.
Still, there's no telling when Tanaka's partially torn ulnar collateral ligament may tear completely, likely causing a significant surgery and recovery period should it occur. But even pitching with the partial tear, Tanaka has been able to find success amid some challenges.
With Tanaka now securely in the fold going forward, the Yankees are ready to enter next season with a rotation featuring Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery, Tanaka, as well as a distinct possibility that free agent veteran CC Sabathia also returns to the club.
Tanaka is due a combined $67 million over the duration of his deal, which includes a full no-trade clause.
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