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Diamondbacks RF J.D. Martinez named NL Player of the Month for September

J.D. Martinez running bases 2017 By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for September, as well as AL Rookie of the Month for the final month of the regular season. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September.

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included two-time All-Star first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (.329, 13 R, 13 XBH, 20 RBI) of the Washington Nationals and three-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado (.333, 18 R, 11 XBH, 19 RBI) of the Colorado Rockies.

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Aaron Judge, and the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, J.D. Martinez will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

The aforementioned Ramírez (.393, 21 R, 12 2B, 9 HR, 21 RBI) also posted a strong month of September for the AL Central Division Champion Indians. The 2017 All-Star finished his breakout season with 56 doubles and 29 home runs on the season, becoming just the sixth player since at least 1901 to reach both of those marks in a single season, joining Garret Anderson (2002), Todd Helton (2000) and Carlos Delgado (2000), as well as Hall of Famers Joe Medwick (1937) and Chuck Klein (1930). Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included outfielder Mitch Haniger (.365, 17 R, 15 XBH, 14 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners and third baseman Nicholas Castellanos (.368, 11 2B, 7 HR, 25 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers.

Martinez batted .404 (40-for-99) with 26 runs scored, eight doubles, 16 home runs, 36 RBI and a stolen base over 24 games to claim his first career Player of the Month Award, and the first for a Diamondbacks position player since Martín Prado in August 2013. Earlier this month, the 30-year-old became 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, following his back-to-back weekly honors for the periods ending September 11th and September 18th. Among qualified NL hitters, Martinez finished his award-winning month first in batting average, extra-base hits (24), runs scored, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.970); second in hits; fourth in on-base percentage (.439); and tied for sixth in doubles.

On September 14th against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field, Martinez 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 seven consecutive 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 road tilt against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 17th, the seven-year veteran notched 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/ Arizona). Additionally, with 16 homers, J.D. matched Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner (1949) for the most home runs hit in the month of September in NL history.

 

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NY Yankees RF Aaron Judge named AL Player of the Month for September

 

Aaron Judge 2016 swinging By Arturo Pardavila on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for September, as well as AL Rookie of the Month for the final month of the regular season. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September.

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Aaron Judge, and the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, J.D. Martinez will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included outfielder Mitch Haniger (.365, 17 R, 15 XBH, 14 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners and third baseman Nicholas Castellanos (.368, 11 2B, 7 HR, 25 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers.

Judge posted a slash line of .311/.463/.889 with 29 runs scored, 28 hits, seven doubles, 15 home runs, 31 RBI, 28 walks and two stolen bases over 27 games played to claim his second career AL Player of the Month Award (also June 2017), as well as his fourth rookie honor of the season. Aaron is the first AL player to earn four rookie honors in a single season since All-Star outfielder Mike Trout accomplished the feat during his AL Rookie of the Year Award-winning 2012 campaign. Among qualified AL leaders, the 25-year-old finished the month first in runs scored, home runs, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and matched All-Star infielder José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians for the most extra-base hits (22).

On September 20th against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, Judge went 1-for-3 with a homerun and his 100th RBI of the season. The Fresno State University product became the second rookie in Major League history to record at least 100 runs scored, 100 RBI and 100 walks in a single season, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1939). In addition, the slugging outfielder became the eighth Yankee in team history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, as well as Charlie Keller, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams and George Selkirk. Against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 22nd, the Linden, California native notched his second home run in as many days as part of a multi-hit effort. The first-inning solo shot extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one run scored to 12 contests, dating back to September 9th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other rookies in the past 65 years have posted a longer such streak – eventual Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (13) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and Trout (15) in 2012. Additionally, Judge logged the longest such streak by a Yankees hitter since Johnny Damon’s 12-game streak in 2007. Posting a career-high 15 home runs in the final month of the 2017 regular season campaign, the AL MVP candidate finished his outstanding rookie season with 52 round-trippers, establishing a new Major League record for home runs hit by a rookie in a single season.

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MLB announces Umpires for League Championship Series

 

Major League Baseball has announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2017 American League and National League Championship Series, both of which are presented by Camping World. The ALCS crew chief will be Gary Cederstrom, while the NLCS crew chief will be Mike Winters. Both crew chiefs were assigned to this year’s Wild Card Games, with Winters having worked the AL side at Yankee Stadium and Cederstrom the NL at Arizona’s Chase Field.

All games telecast on TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2017 MLB Postseason games.

Cederstrom’s ALCS crew includes Mark Carlson, Chad Fairchild, Chris Guccione, regular season crew chief Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Hunter Wendelstedt. Carlson, Guccione and Reynolds joined Cederstrom for this Postseason’s NL Wild Card Game. Winters’ NLCS crew has Lance Barksdale, Eric Cooper, Alfonso Marquez, Todd Tichenor, Bill Welke and Jim Wolf. Barksdale, Cooper and Marquez joined Winters for the AL Wild Card Game.

Carlson (ALCS) and Cooper (NLCS) will serve as the Replay Officials for Games One and Two of each LCS. Following each Game Two, Fairchild (ALCS) and Barksdale (NLCS) will shift from on-field roles to Replay Official duties in their respective series, with Carlson and Cooper joining each crew in left field for Game Three. The Replay Assistant for both League Championship Series will be Major League Umpire Mike Muchlinski.

ALCS crew chief Gary Cederstrom 2011 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NLCS crew chief Mike Winters 2011 photo By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

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MLB announces start times for the remainder of League Championship Series

Major League Baseball recently announced the start times for the entire 2017 American League and National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. The ALCS will be covered exclusively by FS1 or FOX, while TBS will exclusively televise the National League Championship Series. See the accompanying table for the start times of all League Championship Series games.

All games telecast on TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2017 MLB Postseason games. The entire 2017 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason.

 

 

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Astros SS Carlos Correa earns final AL regular season Player of the Week award

 

Carlos Correa in 2015 in dress clothes on MLB Network By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending October 1st.

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

Other noteworthy performances last week included Carlos’ teammates Alex Bregman (.393, 5 R, 5 XBH, 9 RBI) and Marwin Gonzalez (.474, 4 R, 3 XBH, 8 RBI); All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge (.368, 6 R, 6 XBH, 9 RBI) and starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 15 SO) of the New York Yankees; three-time All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson (.450, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays; and starting pitcher Parker Bridwell (2-0, 1.98 ERA, 13.2 IP) of the Los Angeles Angels.

Correa batted .520 (13-for-25) with eight runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI over six games played to earn his third career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending August 14, 2016. Among his AL counterparts, Carlos finished his strong week first in batting average, hits, runs scored and RBI; second in on-base percentage (.571); tied for second in doubles; tied for third in home runs; and third in slugging percentage (1.040). This is Houston’s third AL Player of the Week Award this season, following Correa’s All-Star teammates George Springer (June 4th) and Jose Altuve (July 9th).

Over a four-game stretch from Monday to Thursday, the Astros outscored their opponents 49-9, winning each contest by a margin of at least nine runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Detroit Wolverines of the National League in 1887 were the last team to win four straight games by at least nine runs. Additionally, Houston became only the third team since 1931 to tally at least 11 runs in four consecutive games on one road trip, joining the 1950 Boston Braves and the 2000 Seattle Mariners. Correa, who notched consecutive four-hit games on Wednesday and Thursday, became the ninth player in Club history to log consecutive games with at least four hits, and the second of the 2017 season. Altuve, who has accomplished the feat three times in his career, did so earlier this season for the Astros from July 23rd-24th. Per Elias, Correa, who also notched a three-hit game on Tuesday, became the first player in team history to record three straight games with at least three hits and three RBI in a single season, and the first Major Leaguer since Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers in 2011. The 2015 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner became just the fifth shortstop to do so, joining Hanley Ramirez (2010), Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. (1995), Alvin Dark (1956) and Glenn Wright (1928). In addition, his two-homer output on Wednesday was his third multi-homer effort of the season (also: June 29th and July 9th). Finishing his All-Star campaign with 24 round-trippers on the season, the first overall selection of the 2012 MLB Draft established a new franchise record for home runs hit by a shortstop, and he is the first shortstop in MLB history to reach the 20-homer mark in each of his first three Major League seasons.

 

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