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Arizona Diamondbacks RF J.D. Martinez named NL Player of the Week

 

For the second consecutive week, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending September 17th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included J.D.’s teammates, 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.20 ERA, 15.0 IP, 14 SO) and 2015 NL All-Star A.J. Pollock (.391, 6 XBH, 10 RBI, 17 TB); outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. (3 R, 8 H, 5 XBH, 10 RBI) and 2016 NL MVP Award winner Kris Bryant (.385, 9 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 7 SO) of the Colorado Rockies; and two-time All-Star Asdrúbal Cabrera (.556, 10 H, 3 2B, 4 RBI) of the New York Mets.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, J.D. Martinez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Martinez batted .435 (10-for-23) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and six RBI over six games played to claim his sixth career Player of the Week Award. J.D., who earned weekly honors twice earlier this season with the Detroit Tigers (May 21st & July 16th), is the first player since MLB began awarding Player of the Week in 1973 (1975 in the AL) to claim four weekly awards in a single season. In addition, Martinez is just the second player to win a weekly award in each league in the same season, joining Carlos Beltrán, who accomplished the feat in 2004 for the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros, who were then a member of the Senior Circuit. Among NL leaders, Martinez finished the week first in slugging percentage (.957) and total bases (22); tied for first in hits and extra-base hits (6); tied for second in runs scored and home runs; fourth in batting average; tied for fourth in doubles; and seventh in on-base percentage (.480). This is Arizona’s third NL Player of the Week Award this season, following J.D.’s previous honor and All-Star teammate Jake Lamb, who won for the period ending May 21st.

On Thursday against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field, the 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a solo home run. With the productive contest, Martinez tallied at least one RBI in each of his previous seven games dating back to September 8th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his impressive streak was the longest active streak in the Majors, as well as the third-longest streak in Club history. Luis Gonzalez (June 2002) and J.D.’s All-Star teammate Paul Goldschmidt (June 2013) posted eight-game streaks to share the team record. Over a 12-game span from September 1st-14th, Martinez hit .451 (23-for-51) with 18 runs scored, 10 homers and 20 RBI. The right-handed-hitting slugger became the fifth player in MLB history to post that many runs, homers and RBI across a 12-game stretch, joining Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg (1940), Willie Mays (1958) and Frank Robinson (1962), as well as Bryce Harper (2015). In Arizona’s final game of the period on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Martinez notched his fourth multi-hit game of the week, including his 40th round-tripper on the season. Per Elias, the 2015 AL All-Star became the fifth player in Baseball history to post a 40-homer season while playing for multiple teams, joining Greg Vaughn in 1996 (Milwaukee Brewers/San Diego Padres), Mark McGwire in 1997 (Oakland Athletics/St. Louis Cardinals), David Justice in 2000 (Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees) and Adam Dunn in 2008 (Cincinnati Reds and Arizona). Entering play today, J.D. has recorded 40 home runs, 90 RBI and 50 walks on the season, totals reached only by fellow sluggers Giancarlo Stanton (54 HR, 113 RBI, 77 BB) of the Miami Marlins and Aaron Judge (43, 96, 115) of the New York Yankees.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

Indians ace Corey Kluber named AL Player of the Week

 

Corey Kluber Indians (2013 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

 

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, a key part of the Club’s American League-record 22-game winning streak, has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 17th.

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

Kluber went 2-0 without allowing a run over 16.0 innings pitched to earn his fourth career AL Player of the Week Award and his second of the 2017 season, previously winning for the period ending June 25th. Corey struck out 17 batters without issuing a free pass and permitted just eight hits in two dominant starts last week. Among qualified AL hurlers, Kluber finished his strong week first in innings pitched, tied for first in ERA and second in strikeouts. Additionally, the 31-year-old delivered his third complete-game shutout of the 2017 campaign on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers (also: April 21st and June 19th). This is Cleveland’s fourth weekly award this season, including his previous honor, as well as a pair of awards for his All-Star teammate José Ramírez (June 18th & September 3rd).

In his Tuesday start against the Tigers at Progressive Field, Kluber tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Tribe to their 20th consecutive victory. With the five-hit shutout, the two-time AL All-Star improved to 16-4 on the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Stetson University product became the third Indians hurler over the last 65 years to notch at least 16 wins across their first 20 decisions in a season, joining Cliff Lee (2005, 08) and Charles Nagy (1996). In his second start of the week on Sunday afternoon at home against the Kansas City Royals, Kluber tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and just three hits allowed to propel the Indians to their second consecutive AL Central title. The nine-punchout performance was his 17th of the season with at least that many strikeouts, and Kluber enters play today with 252 on the season. Per Elias, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner became the third pitcher in Club history to post multiple 250-strikeout campaigns (also 2014), joining ‘Sudden’ Sam McDowell (1965, 68-70) and Hall of Famer Bob Feller (1940-41, 46). With the victory on Sunday, Cleveland became the third team in MLB history to notch 24 wins across 25 games, joining the 1916 New York Giants, who established the Major League record with 26 consecutive victories in 1916, as well as the 1977 Kansas City Royals.

Three-time All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson (.462, 8 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays also posted a strong week. Following a weekend in which he clubbed four home runs, Donaldson enters play today with 30 round-trippers on the season, reaching the 30-homer milestone for the third consecutive year. Other noteworthy performances last week included six-time All-Star Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 19 SO) of the Houston Astros; outfielder Eddie Rosario (.417, 7 R, 5 HR, 1.083 SLG) of the Minnesota Twins; All-Star outfielder Avisaíl García (.500, 15 H, 10 RBI, 19 TB) of the Chicago White Sox; and starting pitcher Matt Boyd (1-1, 0.64 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 10 SO) of the Detroit Tigers, who finished his outstanding start yesterday against the White Sox one out shy of his first career no-hitter.

 

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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras suspended by MLB

Willson Contreras behind plate 2016 By Minda Haas Kuhlmann on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions — which included the throwing of his mask, which contacted Umpire Jordan Baker — in the top of the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

In addition, Cubs pitcher John Lackey has received an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions in the fifth inning.

The suspension of Contreras had been scheduled to begin this afternoon, when the Cubs are to continue their series with the Cardinals. However, Contreras has elected to appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

 

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MLB Commissioner gives statement on violations of Red Sox-Yankees

 

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

“Several weeks ago, the New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Commissioner’s Office alleging that the Boston Red Sox violated certain Major League Baseball Regulations by using electronic equipment to aid in the deciphering of signs being given by the Yankees’ catcher. The Commissioner’s Office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegation. Today, I am prepared to disclose the results of that investigation.

“At the outset, it is important to understand that the attempt to decode signs being used by an opposing catcher is not a violation of any Major League Baseball Rule or Regulation. Major League Baseball Regulations do, however, prohibit the use of electronic equipment during games and state that no such equipment ‘may be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a Club an advantage.’ Despite this clear Regulation, the prevalence of technology, especially the technology used in the replay process, has made it increasingly difficult to monitor appropriate and inappropriate uses of electronic equipment. Based on the investigation by my office, I have nonetheless concluded that during the 2017 season the Boston Red Sox violated the Regulation quoted above by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout.

“In assessing the significance of this violation, the investigation established three relevant points. First, the violation in question occurred without the knowledge of ownership or front office personnel. Second, when the Red Sox learned of the Yankees’ complaint, they immediately halted the conduct in question and then cooperated completely in my investigation. I have received absolute assurances from the Red Sox that there will be no future violations of this type. Third, our investigation revealed that Clubs have employed various strategies to decode signs that do not violate our rules. The Red Sox’ strategy violated our rules because of the use of an electronic device.

“Taking all of these factors as well as past precedent into account, I have decided to fine the Red Sox an undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. Moreover, all 30 Clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.

“In the wake of the Yankees’ complaint to the Commissioner’s Office, the Red Sox brought forward allegations that the Yankees had made improper use of the YES Network in an effort to decipher the Red Sox signs. The Commissioner’s Office also investigated this allegation and the Yankees fully cooperated with the investigation. During that investigation, we found insufficient evidence to support the allegation that the Yankees had made inappropriate use of the YES Network to gain a competitive advantage.

“In the course of our investigation, however, we learned that during an earlier championship season (prior to 2017) the Yankees had violated a rule governing the use of the dugout phone. No Club complained about the conduct in question at the time and, without prompting from another Club or my Office, the Yankees halted the conduct in question. Moreover, the substance of the communications that took place on the dugout phone was not a violation of any Rule or Regulation in and of itself. Rather, the violation occurred because the dugout phone technically cannot be used for such a communication.

“Based on the foregoing, I have decided to fine the Yankees a lesser undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida.”

 

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Astros pitcher Mike Fiers disciplined by MLB

Mike Fiers pitching 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Luis Valbuena of the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday evening’s game at Angel Stadium. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Fiers has elected not to appeal the discipline.

 

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