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Cubs’ Russell put on administrative leave by MLB

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Addison Russell 2017 photo By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Major League Baseball issued the following:

“Major League Baseball takes all allegations of Domestic Violence seriously. When the allegations against Addison Russell became public on June 7, 2017, the Commissioner’s Office’s Department of Investigations immediately commenced an investigation. Melisa Russell declined to participate in the investigation at that time. Our investigation of this matter has remained open and we have continued our efforts to gather information.

“With the new details revealed in today’s blog post by Ms. Russell, Mr. Russell has been placed on Administrative Leave in accordance with the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. We are hopeful that this new information will allow us to complete the investigation as promptly as possible.”

 

Nationals’ Harper recent NL Player of the Week

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Bryce Harper smiling 2017 photo By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 9th.

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna (.385, 6 R, 5 HR, 6 RBI) of the Cardinals also posted a strong week at the plate. The Dominican Republic native posted a pair of multi-homer games on Tuesday and Friday, and notched a season-best four hits on Wednesday. Other noteworthy performances last week included Scherzer (1-0, 1 CG, 16.0 IP, 22 SO); All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.364, 6 R, 5 XBH, 6 BB) and starting pitcher Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.46 ERA, 12.1 IP, 16 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and second baseman DJ LeMahieu (.417, 5 R, 5 XBH, 4 RBI) and shortstop Trevor Story (5 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB) of the Colorado Rockies.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Bryce Harper will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Harper posted a slash line of .438/.655/.938 with six runs scored, seven hits, two doubles, a pair of home runs, seven RBI, a Major League-best 12 walks and a stolen base over six games played to claim his sixth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending April 23, 2017. Among his NL counterparts, Bryce finished the week first in on-base percentage and walks; second in slugging percentage; tied for third in batting average; tied for fourth in RBI; tied for sixth in runs scored; tied for seventh in extra-base hits (4); and tied for eighth in doubles. This is Washington’s fifth Player of the Week award this season, following his teammates Adam Eaton (April 1st), All-Star Max Scherzer (April 15th), Mark Reynolds (July 8th) and Ryan Zimmerman (August 12th).

Harper began his award-winning week on September 3rd by batting 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and three walks to lead Washington to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Having also reached those totals earlier this season on April 2nd and June 29th, the first overall selection of the 2010 MLB Draft became just the third player in MLB history to post three such games in a single season, joining Hall of Famers Ted Williams (1946) and Lou Gehrig (1927). In the following game on Tuesday, the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby winner collected his 27th double of the season to go along with two RBI and three free passes. The Las Vegas native became the sixth player in Nationals/Expos history to log three or more walks in consecutive games, joining Adam Dunn (2009), Cliff Floyd (1996), Warren Cromartie (1981), Mike Jorgensen (1974) and Ken Singleton (1973). In the final game of his excellent week, Harper clubbed a game-winning two-run round-tripper in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Nationals to a 6-5 win over the National League-leading Chicago Cubs. With the homer, the six-time All-Star enters play today with 92 runs scored, 28 doubles, 32 home runs, 91 RBI and 110 walks on the season.

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani a recent AL Player of the Week

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Shohei Ohtani pitching plateward 2018 photo By hj_west from USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 9th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Trout (.563, 9 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI); All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman (.476, 6 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Houston Astros; All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.303, 7 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 13.1 IP, 11 SO) and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (.545, 8 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the surging Tampa Bay Rays; third baseman Adrián Beltré (.409, 5 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.500, 10 H, 4 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and starter Jorge López of the Kansas City Royals, who took a perfect game into the ninth inning at Minnesota on Saturday night.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Shohei Ohtani will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Ohtani batted .474 (9-for-19) with eight runs scored, a double, a triple, four home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases across five games played to earn his second AL Player of the Week Award of his first Major League season (also April 8th). Among qualified AL leaders, Shohei finished the week first in RBI and slugging percentage (1.263); tied for first in runs scored; tied for second in triples, home runs and extra-base hits (6); tied for third in stolen bases; fourth in total bases (24); and fifth in batting average and on-base percentage (.565).

Shortly after receiving word that Tommy John surgery was recommended, the two-way star batted a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a stolen base and his second career multi-homer game on Wednesday (also August 3rd). Ohtani became just the second player in franchise history to tally four hits, four runs scored, one stolen base and a pair of home runs in a single contest, joining Leroy Stanton, who accomplished the feat on July 10, 1973. In addition, the Japanese native is the only player in the Majors this season to post multiple games with two round-trippers and a stolen base. On Friday night against the Chicago White Sox, Ohtani clubbed his 19th home run of the season, passing Kenji Johjima (2006) for the most home runs by Japanese native in their rookie season in MLB history. Following the performance, the 24-year-old homered in his third consecutive game and became the fifth Angels rookie ever to log four-or-more homers in a three-game span, joining Tim Salmon, J.T. Snow, Wally Joyner and Lee Thomas. Additionally, the outing marked the third straight game in which Ohtani logged three RBI and one walk, becoming the second player in team history to accomplish the feat (also Dave Hollins). During his historic campaign, the AL Rookie of the Year candidate is the first player in MLB history to club at least 15 home runs while notching 50 or more strikeouts on the mound in the same season.

 

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MLB announces initial roster of players for 2018 Japan Series

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Acuna, Hoskins, Merrifield, Molina, Santana, Suarez, Taylor and Yelich slated to represent MLB in Japan; Mattingly to manage squad

 

TOKYO – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced recently the first wave of players who are expected to represent the MLB team in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The event will feature seven games (including one exhibition) across Japan from November 8th-15th.

Other members of MLB’s roster will be announced in the coming weeks. The MLB team will be led by Don Mattingly, who has managed the Miami Marlins since 2016. From 2011-2015, Mattingly helmed the Los Angeles Dodgers, who earned three consecutive National League West titles in the final three years of his tenure with the Club. In his 14-year playing career with the New York Yankees, “Donnie Baseball” was a six-time All-Star first baseman, the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player, a nine-time Gold Glover and the captain of the team.

November’s All-Star Series will resume a longtime baseball tradition that dates back to 1908, marking the 37th time overall that Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games. The All-Star Series will be played in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The events will begin with an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo on November 8th, followed by three games in Tokyo from November 9th-11th, one game in Hiroshima on November 13th and two games in Nagoya on November 14th-15th. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage of the 2018 All-Star Series, including live telecasts of the games from November 9th-15th.

The MLB squad includes a trio of 2018 All-Stars: catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, third baseman Eugenio Suárez of the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers; standout rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves; Philadelphia Phillies teammates Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana; Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield; and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor, who shared Most Valuable Player honors in the 2017 National League Championship Series.

• Yadier Molina, 36, was selected to his ninth NL All-Star team in 2018, all of which have come in the last 10 years. The eight-time Gold Glove backstop has helped lift the Cardinals to four World Series during his 15-year Major League career, including their World Championship seasons of 2006 and 2011. Molina has been a force for Team Puerto Rico in all four editions of the World Baseball Classic.

• Eugenio Suárez is in the midst of the finest season of his five-year Major League career, already with career highs in home runs, RBI, batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. The Venezuela native recently recorded his 100th RBI of the season. The 27-year-old made his first career All-Star Game this season.

• In his first year with the Brewers, Christian Yelich became an All-Star for the first time in his six-year Major League career and has been central to Milwaukee’s bid to reach the 2018 Postseason. A highlight of the season for the well-rounded 26-year-old standout was in an August 29th win at Cincinnati, when he went 6-for-6, became the eighth Brewer ever to hit for the cycle and threw a runner out at home plate. Yelich played for victorious Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

• Twenty-year-old phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. has 25 home runs this season, including a Braves record eight leadoff homers, which is one shy of the MLB rookie record of nine (Chris Young for Arizona in 2007). The Venezuela native finished August with 39 hits, becoming the first NL rookie over the last 110 seasons to collect at least 39 hits and 11 home runs in a calendar month. In August, Acuña Jr. became the youngest player ever to homer in five straight games, tying a club record.

• In his second year with Philadelphia, Rhys Hoskins leads the Phillies in home runs, RBI, doubles and slugging this season. The Sacramento native has 48 career home runs in just 183 Major League games. Hoskins competed in the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Week in Washington, DC.

• Whit Merrifield, 29, is in his third season as a member of the Royals. He currently ranks among the American League’s leaders in batting average, hits, stolen bases, doubles and triples. In 2017, he led the AL with 34 steals. In 2010, Merrifield stroked the walk-off hit of the 2010 NCAA Men’s College World Series for the University of South Carolina.

• Carlos Santana is in his first season as a member of the Phillies and his ninth season in the Majors, following eight years with the Cleveland Indians. The first baseman leads Philadelphia with 95 walks. The selective slugger from the Dominican Republic helped the Indians reach the 2016 World Series, when he set career highs with 34 home runs and 87 RBI.

• In his third season as a Dodger, the versatile Chris Taylor currently leads the team in doubles and triples and ranks second in runs scored. In 2017, Taylor was a part of the Club’s first NL pennant in 29 years, batting .288 with 21 home runs, 72 RBI and 17 stolen bases. The University of Virginia product was co-MVP of the 2017 NLCS with teammate Justin Turner and led off Game One of the 2017 World Series with a home run against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.

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Exhibition

Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 7 Japan Samurai Japan Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Fukuoka Dome
2 November 8 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome

Championship

 

Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 9 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Tokyo Dome
2 November 10 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Samurai Japan Tokyo Dome
3 November 11 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Tokyo Dome
4 November 13 MLB All-Stars United StatesCanada Japan Samurai Japan Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
5 November 14 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Nagoya Dome
6 November 15 Samurai Japan Japan United StatesCanada MLB All-Stars Nagoya Dome

 

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MLB August Relievers of the Month, Mariners Diaz, Phillies’ Neris

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Edwin Diaz after closing out a game 2018 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Hector Neris on mound 2016 photo By D. Benjamin Miller - Own work, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

For the third consecutive month and fourth time this season, Seattle Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz has been voted August’s American League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford, and Philadelphia Phillies reliever Héctor Neris has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford for the fifth period of the 2018 season.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Edwin Díaz, and the National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Héctor Neris, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

Díaz appeared in 11 games for the Mariners, converting 10-of-11 save opportunities while surrendering two earned runs en route to earning his fifth career AL Reliever of the Month Award and his fourth of 2018 (also: July 2017, and April, June and July of this year). Across 11.0 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander tallied 21 strikeouts, while not permitting a walk and limiting the opposition to eight hits. The 24-year-old is the first Major League relief pitcher to earn four Reliever of the Month honors in a single season, as well as three straight. In addition, he is the first Major Leaguer to win four monthly awards in any category since Mike Trout claimed four AL Rookie of the Month awards during his AL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2012. Additionally, Edwin’s five career monthly awards are the most in the Majors since MLB’s monthly honors for relievers began in 2005 (there was no award from 2014-16). In the final appearance of his award-winning month on August 25th, Díaz notched his 50th save of the season, becoming the 14th pitcher (17th time) in Major League history to tally at least 50 saves in a campaign. The Puerto Rican native also surpassed Fernando Rodney (48, 2014) for the most saves in a single season in franchise history. Reaching the 50-save milestone in Seattle’s 130th game of the 2018 season, Edwin matched Francisco Rodríguez for the most saves through a Club’s first 130 contests. During his historic 2008 campaign, “K-Rod” established a new Major League record with 62 saves and finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting. Moreover, the 24-year-old Díaz became the second pitcher in MLB history to tally at least 10 saves and 21 strikeouts without issuing a single free pass in a single calendar month, joining three-time All-Star Eric Gagne (June 2002).

Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included the aforementioned Rodney (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 15.0 IP, 14 SO) and AllStar Blake Treinen (1-0, 0.69 ERA, 7 SV, 22 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Taylor Rogers (15 G, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 17 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; José Leclerc (10 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 18 SO) of the Texas Rangers; Jalen Beeks (4-0, 2.63 ERA, 27.1 IP, 24 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and Jace Fry (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 3 SV, 20 SO) of the Chicago White Sox.

Neris appeared in 10 games for the Phillies, recording 20 strikeouts while not allowing a run during his strong month on the mound. Across 9.0 innings pitched, Hector permitted just three hits, two walks and did not surrender a home run to claim his first career monthly award. This is Philadelphia’s second Reliever of the Month Award in franchise history, following Jonathan Papelbon, who earned Delivery Man of the Month honors in April 2012. Since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on August 14th, Neris enters play today having struck out 20 of the previous 32 batters he has faced (62.5%). His strikeout rate ranks first among all Major League pitchers who have faced at least 30 batters since his recall date. The 29-year-old became the first Phillies reliever to collect 20-or-more strikeouts in a nineinning span since Antonio Bastardo (August 3-September 9, 2012). For his career, the hard-throwing right-hander has totaled 291 strikeouts over 235.1 innings of work, which ranks eighth-most by a reliever in franchise history.

Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Jordan Hicks (13 G, 2.84 ERA, 3 SV, 13 SO) and Bud Norris (11 G, 1.86 ERA, 8 SV, 8 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Jesse Biddle (2-1, 1.88 ERA, 14.1 IP, 19 SO), Brad Brach (1-2, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) and Jesse Winkler (13 G, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) of the Atlanta Braves; Keone Kela (14 G, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 21 SO) and July’s Reliever of the Month Award winner Felipe Vázquez (10 G, 0.00 ERA, 5 SV, 9 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; All-Star Jeremy Jeffress (1- 0, 1.88 ERA, 4 SV, 16 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers; Steve Cishek (2-1, 1.46 ERA, 12.1 IP, 15 SO) of the Chicago Cubs; and Dylan Floro (2-1, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 15 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

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