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Friday, November 16, 2018

With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold

Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team’s chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan won the six-game exhibition series 5-1 against an MLB squad featuring National League Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., fellow nominee Juan Soto and veteran catcher and nine-time gold glove winner Yadier Molina.

The tour was a chance for Inaba to gauge the progress of his young players ahead of the Olympics their capital will be hosting in less than two years. Players like 23-year-old Seiji Uebayashi and Sosuke Genda stepped up against the major leaguers and performed well.

Some rather interesting details in this article about baseball’s return to the Olympics, including what players not to expect to see….

QLE Posted: November 16, 2018 at 04:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: atsunori inaba, japanese baseball, olympics, ronald acuna

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

Braves’ star outfielder Ronald Acuna has been named the 2018 National League rookie of the year, the league announced Monday.

He topped fellow outfielder Juan Soto of the Nationals 114-89. Acuna garnered 27 first-place votes while Soto had two. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was the third finalist.

The Braves can now claim eight rookie of the year winners. Acuna is the first since reliever Craig Kimbrel in 2011. Rafael Furcal (2000) and David Justice (1990) were other semi-recent Braves to achieve such.

 

QLE Posted: November 13, 2018 at 05:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ronald acuna, rookie of the year

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Could Acuna win NL MVP Award as rookie?

For a while, I was riding the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter NL MVP Award bandwagon (if only because it serves great homemade salsa). Lately, it feels like Christian Yelich’s late-season push for the Brew Crew might be enough to propel him to the honor. But we’ve still got 2 1/2 weeks left, and that’s plenty of time for a hot hitter to leave a lasting impression. The assumption all along is that the NL MVP Award is going to be won with the benefit of a home-stretch surge.

Which brings us back to Acuna, whose NL MVP Award argument is rooted in the fact that he’s carried the Braves on his back at this most crucial juncture of the year.

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mvp, phenoms, ronald acuna

 

 

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