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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Aroldis Chapman, Josh Hader named Relievers of the Year

Yankees lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman and Brewers closer Josh Hader were selected as the AL and NL Relievers of the Year on Saturday, per an official announcement from Major League Baseball. It’s the second consecutive award for Hader, who took home NL honors in 2018 as well.

Chapman, 31, improved on last year’s All-Star campaign in 2019, nearly reaching a new career high with 37 saves and posting a 2.21 ERA, 3.9 BB/9, 13.4 SO/9, and 2.0 fWAR across 57 innings. He’s the second Yankees reliever to take home the award since Andrew Miller earned the distinction in 2015. No AL pitcher — or team, for that matter — has received the award in consecutive years.

Wondering what it says that I didn’t realize, before looking it up now, that Rolaids hasn’t sponsored this award since 2012…..

 

QLE Posted: October 27, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, awards and honors, josh hader, relievers

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman injures hand in celebration, but will be OK for ALCS

Injuries keep occurring for the Yankees even in the postseason.

Closer Aroldis Chapman hurt his hand on a bottle during the team’s postgame festivities after the Yankees finished off the sweep of the Twins in three games in the American League Division Series on Monday.

Chapman’s hand was heavily bandaged after the incident, but he insisted it’s not a big deal.

“I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around,’’ Chapman said through an interpreter, via the New York Post. “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.”

Sometimes, the punchlines just seem to write themselves…..

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, hand injury

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Here are baseball’s top 20 free agents to be

If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively.

But it won’t be very long until we fire up free agency yet again, and, despite some rumors to the contrary, there’s a ton of talent on the table after the 2019 World Series wraps.

Here, we’ll take a look at some early free-agent power rankings (20 players for 2020). But like so much of life, it gets complicated. The market will be drastically affected by what happens with various opt-outs and option clauses. For this list, we’re going to leave off guys whose options are likely to be exercised or whose opt-outs aren’t. This currently applies to Kenley Jansen, David Price, Corey Kluber, Anthony Rizzo, Starling Marte, Nelson Cruz, José Quintana, Yu Darvish and Elvis Andrus, among others. But as always, stay tuned!

We will, however, include a few others who aren’t necessarily as likely to remain attached to their current contracts, and have noted those with an asterisk (*). All ages as of Opening Day 2020.

So, what thoughts do we have concerning this list?

 


 

 

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