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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge are both getting 1000% raises for next year

Friday marked another key date on the Major League Baseball offseason calendar. It’s the final day in which players and teams can exchange figures in their on-going arbitration negotiations.

It’s not a hard deadline for an agreement to be reached, but for a lot of players it means the first truly big payday of their baseball careers. Among those players this year are sluggers Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

The respective 2017 Rookie of the Year winners were arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, and both ended up receiving a raise of over 1000% from their 2019 salaries.

In Bellinger’s case, he agreed to a $11.5 million salary, which breaks the record for a first-time eligible player.

For those curious about how the arbitration process is working this off-season…..

 

 

QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, arbitration, cody bellinger

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2019 MVP Award winners announced | MLB.com

Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger began the 2019 season in such different places that it was a stretch to imagine that they were on their way to being mentioned in the same breath. As one built on a legacy of greatness, the other was still very much a work in progress.

On Thursday, they achieved the highest individual honor—Most Valuable Player. Trout won in the American League for the third time in six seasons with a performance that included a career-high 45 home runs.

Bellinger was named the NL MVP for a season that featured 47 homers, 34 doubles and an NL-leading 351 total bases. Two years after being named the NL Rookie of the Year, the 24-year-old Dodgers outfielder used the 2019 season to establish himself once and for all as one of the game’s best players.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2019 at 07:24 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, cody bellinger, mike trout, mvp

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Here are most popular MLB player jerseys of ‘19

For the third season in a row, Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge reigns as the most popular jersey in the game, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday. Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, Javier Báez and Christian Yelich, who rounded out the top five.

A trio of National League MVP contenders made the biggest jumps on the list in 2019. Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, was unranked during his MVP season, but he jumped to No. 5 on this year’s list. Bellinger went from No. 15 on last year’s list to No. 3, and Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. rose from No. 20 in 2018 to No. 6 in ‘19.

On the American League side, Astros MVP hopeful Alex Bregman made his first appearance on the list, checking in at No. 13. He came in just behind perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, who ranked ninth this year. It’s the first time since MLB player jersey rankings have been released that the nine most popular players are all under the age of 30.

The sound you are hearing now is Barry Halper’s ghost, trying to figure out how he can claim that some of these jerseys were game-used…..

QLE Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, christian yelich, cody bellinger, javier baez, jerseys

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

September Storylines to Follow as MLB’s Stretch Run Begins

If players are defined by what they do in October, their fates are often sealed in September. This is the month that makes postseason success possible. Divisions will be won, wild-card berths will be secured and MVP races will be decided. Here are the top storylines to follow as summer turns to fall.

1. The Last Division Race Standing

The NL Central was expected to be a three-team race all season, as the Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers expected to be in contention for the division title. St. Louis has been surging in the second half, when Paul Goldschmidt got hot and Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson emerged as a strong one-two rotation duo. Entering play Monday, the Cardinals (76-60) are three games ahead of Chicago in the division after winning eight of their last 10.

The Cubs (73-63), who hold a 2 1/2-game lead for the second wild-card, have been wildly inconsistent for much of the season. Their last three series (nine games) are the perfect example: They got swept at home by the Nationals, then swept the Mets at Citi Field before returning home to Wrigley Field and dropping two of three against Milwaukee. Offensive consistency has been a problem, as has an overworked bullpen with a less-effective Craig Kimbrel as the closer. Chicago is ultra talented, with a lineup anchored by a handful of all-stars. The Cubs are more than capable of rivaling the Cardinals for the division title, making the NL Central a worthy narrative to follow the rest of the way.

So, do we agree with these claims, or are there other stories that could emerge between now and the end of the regular season?


 

 

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