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Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton named NL Player of the Week

Giancarlo Stanton in 2015 By Arturo Pardavila III, CC BY 2.0, https

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending August 13th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Other noteworthy performances last week included shortstop Paul DeJong (.387, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and All-Star starting pitcher Carlos Martínez (2-0, 3.21 ERA, 14.0 IP, 14 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; defending NL MVP Kris Bryant (.609, 14 H, 4 XBH, .679 OBP) of the Chicago Cubs; outfielder Ryan Braun (.517, 15 H, 4 2B, 2 SB) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star closer Kenley Jansen (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO) of the Dodgers; and All-Star first baseman Joey Votto (.364, 10 R, 2 HR, 12 BB) of the Cincinnati Reds.

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

Stanton posted a slash line of .333/.379/1.037 with eight runs scored, nine hits, a double, six home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to claim his fifth career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on July 11, 2016. Giancarlo paced all Major League batters in home runs, RBI and total bases (28), while finishing the period tied for first in extra-base hits (7) and second in slugging percentage. This is Miami’s fourth Player of the Week Award this season, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only two teams in Baseball with four weekly winners apiece. Other Marlins to win this season include Stanton’s teammates Edinson Volquez, who took home weekly honors for the period ending June 4th after logging his first career no-hitter; Marcell Ozuna (April 16th); and J.T. Realmuto (April 9th).

On Thursday against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, the four-time NL All-Star connected for his 39th home run on the season, as well as his 18th round-tripper over his last 30 games. With the long ball, Stanton, who helped Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic gold medal this past March, established a new club record for homers over a 30-game span. The impressive total is the most among active Major Leaguers, while Josh Hamilton was the last player to record 18 homers in a 30-game stretch, accomplishing the feat during his 43-home run season in 2012. In Miami’s following contest against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park, the 27-year-old slugger clubbed his 40th home run on the season in Miami’s 114th game of the 2017 campaign. Since 2001, Stanton reached the 40-homer mark in the third-fewest games played by his team, trailing only David Ortiz (110) in 2006 and Chris Davis (110) in 2013. The Panorama City, California native concluded his award-winning week by homering for the fourth time in as many games on Sunday afternoon against Colorado. The Marlins’ second round selection in the 2007 MLB Draft homered in four straight contests for the second time in his career (also August 14-17, 2011), matching the franchise record shared by seven others. With his home run in the third inning, Miami’s all-time home run leader logged his 42nd homer this season, already matching Gary Sheffield (1996) for the single-season Club record. In addition, the blast was the 250th of his career in his 3,405th career at-bat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion, who also participated in front of his home crowd during the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, became the fifth-fastest to reach the milestone in MLB history, trailing only Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew (3,097 at-bats), Ralph Kiner (3,133) and Babe Ruth (3,145), as well as Ryan Howard (3,166).





MLB suspends two minor league players for violation of drug policies

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Miami Marlins Minor League outfielder Cameron Baranek, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Marlins, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for the stimulants Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA) and an isomer of Methylhexaneamine (DMAA).

Atlanta Braves Minor League pitcher Madinson Colón, who is currently on the roster of the Club’s Dominican Summer League team, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.





MLB, MLBPA announce creation of “Players Weekend” and unique jerseys for each player


(courtesy MLB)

Major Leaguers will let their personalities and passions shine during Players Weekend, a newly created event taking place during all MLB games scheduled between August 25th-27th, it was announced today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Players Weekend is a player-focused event that will include the players wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth league uniforms. Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of the jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks, and bats.

During Players Weekend, the players will also be wearing specially designed caps by New Era, and socks from Stance. In addition, players will have the option of wearing t-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

Several Major Leaguers will serve as Players Weekend Ambassadors by taking an active role in promoting the event, including: Yonder Alonso (Seattle Mariners), Javier Báez (Chicago Cubs), José Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays), Nelson Cruz (Seattle Mariners), Ender Inciarte (Atlanta Braves), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) and Chris B. Young (Boston Red Sox). The players will support the event by posting to social media using #PlayersWeekend.

Additionally, during Players Weekend, the right sleeve of each player’s jersey will feature a patch with a blank space for him to write the name of a person or organization that was instrumental to his development. The patch features a new logo that shows a progression of five players increasing in size to demonstrate the process of a player’s path from Little League and youth leagues to Major League Baseball. The new “Evolution” logo, which symbolizes solidarity with local youth baseball and softball organizations, will also appear on the back of each Club’s cap and jerseys in place of the MLB silhouetted batter.

“The journey from youth leagues to Major League Baseball is one that players don’t take alone,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “Major League players have been supported by family members, coaches, and organizations that helped them develop their unique skills and overcome challenges to reach the highest level of the sport. These games will allow the players to thank those who were important in their lives while showcasing their personality in a fun way that fits baseball’s community-driven focus.”

“Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests,” stated MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark. “The collective desire to express their diverse interests and backgrounds is what motivated Players to advocate for the creation of Players Weekend. This will be an exciting and unique opportunity for the Players to literally wear their passions on their sleeves, and equipment, too, as they embrace this chance to let their true identities shine.”

Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at with 100% of net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.

The special features of the Players Weekend games will also be adopted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals during the MLB Little League Classic to be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, August 20th during the 2017 Little League World Series. The game, which will celebrate youth baseball, will be played in front of a crowd of primarily Little League players and their families at a renovated, historic Bowman Field. Earlier in the day, Major League players will attend Little League World Series games and cheer on these youngsters as a demonstration of the players’ passion and commitment to helping grow the game at the youth level. The MLB Little League Classic will air nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.




MLB announces 2017 Postseason schedule

Major League Baseball recently announced the schedule for the 2017 Postseason, which is set to open with the American League Wild Card Game on ESPN on Tuesday, October 3rd, followed by the National League Wild Card Game on TBS on Wednesday, October 4th. Game One of the 2017 World Series on FOX is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th at the home of the League Champion with the better 2017 regular season record.

Following the scheduled Sunday, October 1st conclusion to the regular season, potentially necessary regular season Tiebreaker Games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN on Monday, October 2nd. Tuesday’s AL Wild Card Game on ESPN will be followed by the Wednesday, October 4th National League Wild Card Game, which will be telecast exclusively by TBS.

Both AL Division Series will be scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 5th. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NL Division Series openers and a pair of ALDS Game Two contests, will be held on Friday, October 6th. Overall, the Division Series are scheduled to run from Thursday, October 5th through the following Thursday, October 12th, with potential Game Fives on Wednesday, October 11th (ALDS) and Thursday, October 12th (NLDS). TBS will cover all NLDS games, while FS1 and MLB Network will cover the ALDS.

The American League Championship Series, beginning on Friday, October 13th, will be telecast by FOX or FS1. The National League Championship Series, set to start on Saturday, October 14th, will be telecast by TBS. A potential Game Seven of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st, while a potential Game Seven of the NLCS is set for Sunday, October 22nd.

Game One of the 2017 World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th, and the 113th Fall Classic will change sites for Game Three on Friday, October 27th. If a Game Seven proves necessary, it would be scheduled for Wednesday, November 1st. The scheduled off days during the World Series are Thursday, October 26th and Monday, October 30th (if a Game Six is necessary). FOX Sports will present live telecast coverage of the World Series for the 20th time.

All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS, FS1 and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.

The AL Wild Card Game, as well as any necessary tiebreakers, will also be available via the ESPN App. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2017 MLB Postseason games, including the Wild Card Games and any necessary Tiebreakers.

The 2017 Postseason schedule, subject to change, accompanies this press release and can be viewed in its entirety at




Rockies owner Dick Monfort remembers former manager Don Baylor

Don Baylor in 2010 By J. Elden Bailey on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

On behalf of the Rockies organization, Owner/Chairman & CEO Dick Monfort made the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Becky and the entire Baylor family. Don was instrumental in the creation of the Rockies and in his two stints with the club, he left an impact on each and every one of us. He was a big man with an even bigger heart, a friend of so many. His persona will be a part of our club heritage forever. This is a sad day in Colorado and for all of baseball.”

Beginning tomorrow for their game in Cleveland, the Rockies will honor their original manager by hanging a jersey with his name on the back in their dugout.

The club is planning a tribute to Don Baylor when the team returns home on Monday, August 14.




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