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Friday, October 04, 2019

Trout, Verlander, Yates win Baseball Digest awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest and eBay.

The star outfielder from the Los Angeles Angels edged Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger by two points in voting by a 17-member panel of baseball writers, broadcasters, former players and executives.

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander was selected pitcher of the year and San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates got picked as the top reliever.

The awards were announced Thursday. Trout also won in 2014.

And now, awards seasons has officially begun….

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards and honors, baseball digest, justin verlander, kirby yates, mike trout

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:26 AM (#5886332)
ebay?

I mean if it's the Baseball Digest awards sponsored by ebay then good for them but I wouldn't phrase that as "selected by ... ebay."
   2. I Am Not a Number Posted: October 04, 2019 at 07:48 AM (#5886343)
The biggest news in this story is that Baseball Digest is still a thing. I am having difficulty fathoming this.
   3. Jose Canusee Posted: October 04, 2019 at 08:02 AM (#5886345)
Of course it was notable that Verlander and Cole won 20 and struck out 300, the only ones to do either. Didn't notice until now that Eugenio Suarez led MLB with 189 strikouts, the lowest MLB batting whiff leader since 2005. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/SO_leagues.shtml
so were strikout totals down while HR was up? No, MLB set another record with 42823, perhaps the TTO players are adjusting a bit or getting less playing time. https://www.baseball-almanac.com/hitting/histrk4.shtml
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 09:16 AM (#5886356)

A lot of the guys who have K'd 190+ times in recent years were either hurt or were so bad they no longer played every day -- Judge, Stanton, Mark Reynolds, Chris Carter, Chris Davis, Joey Gallo. And a few guys like Mike Napoli have retired.

There are a few who have slightly improved their K rate -- Yoan Moncada who led the majors last year with 217, for example. He missed a few weeks, but he also reduced his K rate noticeably. Not that surprising for a 24-year-old.

I expect that if guys like Judge/Stanton/Gallo are healthy next year, we'll see the leader back up in the 200s.
   5. DanG Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5886380)
Very little overlap between last year's leaders and this year's:

Rk           Player  SO  PA Age  Tm
1    Eugenio Suarez 189 662  27 CIN
2  Ronald Acuna Jr
188 715  21 ATL
3       Pete Alonso 183 693  24 NYM
4      Rougned Odor 178 581  25 TEX
5      Bryce Harper 178 682  26 PHI
6       Jorge Soler 178 679  27 KCR
7   Jonathan Villar 176 714  28 BAL
8      Trevor Story 174 656  26 COL
9      Rhys Hoskins 173 705  26 PHI
10        Wil Myers 168 490  28 SDP 

Rk           Player  SO  PA Age  Tm
1      Yoan Moncada 217 650  23 CHW
2 Giancarlo Stanton 211 705  28 NYY
3        Joey Gallo 207 577  24 TEX
4       Chris Davis 192 522  32 BAL
5      Chris Taylor 178 604  27 LAD
6      Justin Upton 176 613  30 LAA
7       Khris Davis 175 654  30 OAK
8  Paul Goldschmidt 173 690  30 ARI
9      Bryce Harper 169 695  25 WSN
10     Trevor Story 168 656  25 COL 

In 2019, 31 batters had 150+ strikeouts; 162 had 100. In 2018, 28 batters had 150 strikeouts; 154 had 100.

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