LOS ANGELES – Louisville Slugger announced today that pitcher Zack Greinke won his first-career Silver Slugger Award during a special hour-long telecast on MLB Network.
Greinke, 30, led qualifying Major League pitchers with a .328 batting average, 19 hits, a .409 on-base percentage and two stolen bases (T-1st), while ranking among the leaders in runs scored (5, T-7th) and doubles (3, T-3rd). He batted .368 with runners on base (7-for-19) and hit .357 with runners in scoring position (5-for-14), while posting a .500 batting average (6-for-12 with a double) against left-handed pitchers.
Since 1974, Greinke’s batting average was the second-highest by a Dodger pitcher, behind only Orel Hershiser’s .356 mark in 1993, while his on-base percentage was the highest during that period.
With 19 hits in 2013, Greinke, who has spent only two and a half seasons of his 10-year big league career in the National League, more than doubled his career hit total (18 entering the season) to raise his career batting average to .226 along with eight doubles, three homers and eight RBI in 300 games.
Greinke also had a stellar season on the mound, going 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts in his first season with the Dodgers.
Greinke is the first Dodger to be honored with a Silver Slugger since outfielder Matt Kemp won in 2011 and the first Los Angeles pitcher to take home the award since Orel Hershiser in 1993. It’s the fifth time a Dodger pitcher has been awarded a Silver Slugger since the creation of the award in 1980 and 23rd time overall that a Los Angeles player has won the award, led by Mike Piazza’s five trophies.
The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National leagues in 2013. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.
The specially designed Silver Slugger Award will be presented to Greinke by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2014 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.
New York, NY, Monday, November 4, 2013 - Major League Baseball Players this evening announced the winners of their highest honors - the Players Choice Awards - in which the players themselves recognize their peers' most outstanding and inspiring performances. The winners were announced on MLB Network during an exclusive telecast of the 2013 Players Choice Awards Presented by PlayStation and benefitting the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
For the second consecutive year, All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was chosen by his peers as the Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Player. Once again, Miguel compiled one of the most impressive seasons in Major League Baseball history by leading the American League in batting average and finishing second to Chris Davis of the Orioles in home runs and RBIs. Miguel batted .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs, and his success at the plate helped propel the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division title.
Recently retired All-Star pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was recognized for his outstanding character and charitable work by receiving the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award as well as American League Comeback Player. Named after the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Man of the Year award honors the player whose excellence on and off the field most inspires others to higher levels of achievement. The 43-year-old legendary reliever finished the 2013 season with 44 saves, a 2.11 ERA and 54 strikeouts after being limited to just nine games in 2012 because of an injured right knee. In addition to his contributions on the diamond, Mariano has had a remarkable impact off the field. Through the work of the Mariano Rivera Foundation, Mariano lends his support to children from impoverished families by providing them with an education that will prepare them for the future. The organization's main goal is sending young people to college; however, in the last few years, the Foundation has developed programs for elementary school age children. The Foundation is currently renovating a "Family Center" in the city of New Rochelle, New York.
For the second year in a row, standout center fielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named National League Outstanding Player. Andrew's accomplishment can be attributed to his success in all phases of the game. At the plate, Andrew attained an impressive .317 batting average, with 84 RBIs, 185 hits, 21 home runs and .404 OBP.
The American League Outstanding Pitcher is Detroit Tigers All-Star, Max Scherzer. During the 2013 season, Max led all Major League pitchers with 21 wins and a .875 winning percentage. Along the way, Max picked up 240 strikeouts and posted a 2.90 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Clayton Kershaw is the recipient of this year's National League Outstanding Pitcher award. The left-hander finished with a 16-9 record and a Major League-leading 1.83 ERA. He tallied a total of 232 strikeouts, ranking third in Majors and ranked ninth in wins. Kershaw's success on the hill helped launch the Dodgers to a stellar postseason run.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, Wil Myers, was named American League Outstanding Rookie by posting a .293 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs, while the National League Outstanding Rookie is Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez. In Fernandez's first year with the Marlins, he managed to establish himself as one of the brightest young stars on the ball club. The Santa Clara, Cuba product finished with a 12-6 record, a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, the highest amongst rookie pitchers.
Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named the National League Comeback Player, after winning a career-high 16 games against just 8 losses to go along with an impressive 3.02 ERA.. The 29 year-old All-Star pitcher's performance helped keep the up and coming Pirates in contention the whole season.
Balloting for the Players Choice Awards was conducted in September under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
2013 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 ($20,000 to each League award winner and $50,000 to Player of the Year and Man of the Year award winners) from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com or visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.
LOS ANGELES – Earlier today, it was announced that former Dodger players Steve Garvey and Tommy John and former Los Angeles manager Joe Torre are among the 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot, featuring candidates whose greatest contributions to the game were realized from 1973 through the present. A 16-member Expansion Era electorate will review and cast votes at the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings for consideration for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced.
In addition to Garvey, John and Torre, Dave Concepcion, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons and George Steinbrenner will be considered by the electorate. Any candidate who earns votes on 75% of ballots cast will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Results of the Expansion Era vote will be announced on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. ET from the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.
The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate charged with the review of the Expansion Era ballot features: Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Frank Robinson; major league executives Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Andy MacPhail, Dave Montgomery (Phillies) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox); and historians Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau), Bruce Jenkins (San Francisco Chronicle), Jack O’Connell (BBWAA) and Jim Reeves (retired, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
The Expansion Era ballot was devised this fall by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA)-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players, whose most significant career impact was realized from 1973 through the present.
The 11-member Historical Overview Committee is comprised of: Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Tribune); Bob Elliott (Toronto Sun); Steve Hirdt (Elias Sports Bureau); Rick Hummel (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); Bill Madden (New York Daily News); Ken Nigro, (formerly Baltimore Sun); Jack O’Connell (BBWAA secretary/treasurer); Tracy Ringolsby (FSN Rocky Mountain/MLB.com); Glenn Schwarz (San Francisco Chronicle); Claire Smith (ESPN) and Mark Whicker (Orange County Register).
This election marks the start of a second full cycle of Committee Era elections for Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players by Era, a process that begin with the 2010 Expansion Era election and has featured Era elections for the Golden Era (1947-72) and Pre-Integration Era (origins through 1946) in subsequent years. The three-year cycle for Era Committee consideration was adopted by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in July 2010.
In the 2010 Expansion Era process, Pat Gillick was elected to the Hall of Fame, earning votes on 13 of the 16 ballots cast. Others receiving consideration for election in 2010 through the Expansion Era Committee process included: Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75%); Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50%); Vida Blue, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Al Oliver, Ted Simmons, Rusty Staub and George Steinbrenner each received less than eight votes. The 2013 Expansion Era ballot features five new candidates and seven returning names to the 2013 ballot. New to the ballot for 2013: Cox, La Russa, Parker, Quisenberry and Torre, while Concepcion, Garvey, John, Miller, Martin, Simmons and Steinbrenner are making a return to the ballot.
Previous Committees on Baseball Veterans considered individual elections for individual categories of candidates for election: Players, Managers/Umpires and Executives. Electorates now consider candidates by era. The cycle will continue in 2014 for Hall of Fame election in 2015 with the Golden Era Committee and in 2015 for Hall of Fame election in 2016 with the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
The 12 candidates for the 2013 Expansion Era consideration:
Dave Concepcion spent 19 seasons as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop, compiling a .267 average with 2,326 hits, 321 stolen bases and two Silver Slugger Awards, along five Gold Glove Awards and nine All-Star Game selections.
Bobby Cox ranks fourth all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,504-2,001 (.556) record in 29 seasons as a major league manager, winning the 1995 World Series, while capturing five National League pennants in 25 years with the Braves, also spending four years managing the Toronto Blue Jays. Led Braves to 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005 (not including strike-shortened 1994 season).
Steve Garvey compiled a .294 career average in 19 major league seasons with the Dodgers and Padres, amassing 2,599 hits, 272 home runs, 1,308 RBI and 10 All-Star Game selections. He hit .338 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 11 postseason series, was named the 1978 and 1984 NLCS MVP and won the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award. Garvey won four Gold Glove Awards and played in an N.L. record 1,207 straight games.
Tommy John pitched 26 seasons for the Indians, White Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Angels and A’s, finishing his career after the 1989 season with a record of 288-231 and 3.34 ERA. His 700 career starts rank eighth on the all-time list and his 4,710.1 innings rank 20th all-time.
Tony La Russa ranks third all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,728-2,365 (.536) record in 33 seasons as manager, winning three World Series (1989 Oakland, 2006 St. Louis, 2011 St. Louis) while guiding the Oakland A’s to three A.L. pennants in 10 seasons (1988-90) and the St. Louis Cardinals to three N.L. pennants in 16 years (2004, 2006, 2011). Also spent eight years managing the Chicago White Sox.
Billy Martin spent 16 seasons (1969, 1971-83, 1985, 1988) managing the Twins, Tigers, Rangers, Yankees (five different stints) and A’s, compiling a 1,253-1015 record (.552). Martin’s teams finished in first place five times, winning two American League pennants and one World Series with 1977 Yankees.
Marvin Miller was elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 and quickly turned the union into a powerhouse. Within a decade, Miller had secured free agency for the players. By the time he retired in 1982, the average player salary was approximately 10 times what it was when he took over.
Dave Parker compiled a .290 career average in 19 major league seasons with six teams, spending 11 years in Pittsburgh and four years in Cincinnati, amassing 339 home runs, 1,439 RBI and two batting titles (1977-78). The 1978 N.L. MVP was named to seven All-Star games and three Gold Glove Awards.
Dan Quisenberry recorded 244 saves in a 12-year major league career, spending 10 seasons in Kansas City, where he finished in the Top 5 in Cy Young Award voting in five different seasons, while being named to three All-Star teams, leading the league in saves five times. Posted a career 56-46 record with a 2.76 ERA in 674 relief appearances.
Ted Simmons played for 21 seasons, totaling a .285 batting average, 2,472 hits, 483 doubles, 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves. An eight-time All-Star, he garnered MVP votes six times in his career.
George Steinbrenner guided the New York Yankees franchise as principal owner after purchasing the team in 1973 to his death in 2010, with his teams winning 11 American League pennants and seven World Series titles.
Joe Torre won four World Series titles and six pennants in 29 seasons as a major league manager, following an 18-year major league playing career in which he compiled a career .297 batting average. As a manager, posted a 2,326-1,997 record (a .538 winning percentage), leading the Yankees to titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 (in addition to 100-win seasons in 1998, 2002-04), and winning the A.L. pennant in 2001 and 2003.
Also at the Winter Meetings, the winner of the 2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, will be announced on Tuesday, December 10, and the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence, will be announced by the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, December 11. The 2014 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot will be revealed on November 25, with the results to be announced on January 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday that the club has declined the 2014 contract options on both pitcher Chris Capuano and infielder Mark Ellis.
Capuano finished an injury-plagued year just 4-7 with a 4.26 earned run average in 24 games -- 20 starts -- for the NL West champions. The 35-year-old left-hander departs LA having gone 16-19 over the last two seasons.
Ellis hit .270 with six home runs, 13 doubles and drove in 48 runs over 126 games in 2013, his second with the Dodgers.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that “Dodger Talk – Offseason Edition” will return starting tomorrow on Dodger Radio AM 570 Fox Sports LA.
The call-in radio show, which will be co-hosted by Kevin Kennedy and David Vassegh, will air each Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. through the start of Spring Training and give fans access to the latest Dodger news in addition to interviews with Dodger players, coaches and front office executives.
Kennedy and Vassegh completed their second season as hosts of Dodger Talk in addition to their duties on the pre and postgame shows on Dodger Radio AM 570 Fox Sports LA. This will mark the first year in which Kennedy and Vassegh will co-host “Dodger Talk – Offseason Edition.”
Jay Mohr tells Dodgers OF Carl Crawford why he thinks the Dodgers are better than the Cardinals: "I think if we had a chance to do it all over again, we can beat them. We lost the first two games. We weren't ourselves. Obviously, we we lost but we just feel like we had the better team."
The Los Angeles Dodgers season hasn't even been over a week, and already Yasiel Puig is back on the diamond. Only it's not what you think. The 22-year-old Cuban sensation wasn't honing his own craft, but instead was throwing batting practice to a team of 8-year-olds playing in the Northeast Los Angeles Little League.
According to TMZ, Puig made his surprise appearance at the team's practice at Elysian Park on Tuesday and hung out with the kids for 30 minutes. During his time, Puig signed everything from baseballs and bats to gloves and caps, and posed for photographs with the players and their stunned parents. And before leaving, he made sure to toss batting practice to each child on the team.
Here's another look at his appearance.
How cool is that? As one parent said it, "it's a practice the kids will never forget."
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Sue Falsone has been a pioneer since November 2011, when the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted her to be the first female head athletic trainer in any major professional sport in the United States. As reporter Steve Dilbeck writes in the Los Angeles Times, her time with the Dodgers is ending in disappointingly short fashion.
Falsone tweeted Monday night that she decided to leave the Dodgers and pursue other opportunities.Dilbeck doesn't say too much about why Falsone might be leaving, but speculated this:
It’s doubtful she could have been thrilled the Dodgers forced Stan Conte, their vice president of medical services, back on the field this season.
In subsequent tweets, Falsone was gracious to players and their families, along with team ownership, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Conte — who also was her predecessor. Falsone had been the team's physical therapist for four years before being promoted.
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