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Reds 3B Eugenio Suárez named NL Player of the Month for September

Eugenio Suárez at 3B 2016 photo By Hayden Schiff on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

3:38 PM EDT

Third baseman Eugenio Suárez of the Cincinnati Reds has been voted the National League Player of the Month for September.

Suárez earned his first career monthly award and is the second consecutive Reds winner, following his teammate Aristides Aquino, who was awarded NL Player and Rookie of the Month honors in August. It marks the first time since Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (August) and George Foster (July) in 1976 that two different Reds players won back-to-back Player of the Month Awards.

• Posted a slash line of .337/.455/.747 with 11 runs scored, 28 hits, two doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 18 RBI and 16 walks across 25 games played.

• Clubbed his 49th home run of the season on September 25th, establishing a new record for a player from Venezuela, surpassing the mark previously held by Andrés Galarraga (47) in 1996.

• His 49 round-trippers set the record for an NL third baseman and are the most by a Reds player since Foster clubbed 52 homers in 1977.

• Launched a Major League-leading 29 home runs following the All-Star break, a new Club record for homers in the second half of a season.

Eugenio Suárez, Cincinnati Reds (@eugenio_suarez7)

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included outfielder Joc Pederson (.344, 18 R, 13 XBH, 16 RBI) and shortstop Corey Seager (.291, 16 R, 5 2B, 7 HR) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; shortstop Trea Turner (.308, 36 H, 16 XBH, 6 SB) of the Washington Nationals; rookie infielder Tommy Edman (.350, 36 H, 16 XBH, 6 SB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies (.330, 31 H, 6 2B, 5 HR) of the Atlanta Braves; and September’s NL Rookie of the Month Pete Alonso (22 R, 26 H, 11 HR, 19 RBI) of the New York Mets.

 

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Astros Gerrit Cole earns duo honor: American League Pitcher of the Month for September and Player of the Week

 

2:15 PM CDT

 

Cy Young contender also wins first career Pitcher of the Week award

 

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced today that Astros RHP Gerrit Cole has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for September and the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 23-29.

This marked Cole’s third monthly award of the season, as he also won the award for June and July. This also marks the 32nd time for an Astros hurler to win Pitcher of the Month honors. Cole becomes the second Astros pitcher to win three monthly awards in the same season, also Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Cole also recorded his first weekly award of his career and is the Astros fourth weekly award winner of the season, joining Yuli Gurriel, George Springer and Justin Verlander.

Gerrit Cole (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

In September, Cole, who is a solid Cy Young candidate, was 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA. For the month he led AL starters in strikeouts (74), opponent batting average (.140) and WHIP (0.64) was tied for first in wins and second in ERA (1.07). For the season, Cole was 20-5 with an AL-best 2.50 ERA and a ML-best 326 strikeouts. Among AL starters Cole ranked second in opponent batting average (.186), WHIP (0.89) and wins (20). Cole also set an Astros franchise record for strikeouts in a single season with 326, passing J.R Richard’s 313 strikeouts set in 1979. He also recorded 21 double-digit strikeout games this season, becoming the fourth pitcher to accomplish this feat in a single season, also Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson (2x) and Sandy Koufax. Cole finished the season on a 16-game winning streak, a franchise record and the longest single-season streak in the Majors since Roger Clemens also had a 16-game streak in 2001.

For the week, Cole was 2-0 in his two starts with a 0.75 ERA (1ER/12.0IP) with 24 strikeouts and two walks, while allowing just six hits (.143 opponent batting average).

Cole has now won the Pitcher of the Month Award four times in his career, three times this season and once for the Pirates, in April of 2015.

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Arizona D-Backs make coaching staff announcement

1:00 PM MST

 

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the following members of Torey Lovullo’s coaching staff will return for the 2020 season: Darnell Coles, Mike Fetters, Robby Hammock, Eric Hinske, Dave McKay, Jerry Narron, Tony Perezchica and Luis Urueta.

The D-backs have parted ways with Pitching Coach Mike Butcher.

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After just one season, LA Angels of Anaheim fire manager Brad Ausmus; rumors have it that Joe Maddon is top choice for replacement

 

Brad Ausmus as manager of the LA Angels of Anaheim 2019 By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

September 30, 2019

ANAHEIM, CA – The Los Angeles Angels today announced that Brad Ausmus will not return as manager in 2020. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

“I want to thank Brad for his hard work and dedication to this organization over the last two seasons as both a special assistant and field manager. He navigated this franchise through one of its most difficult seasons with class and professionalism,” Eppler said. “This was an incredibly difficult decision but after significant consideration, we’ve decided it is necessary to go in another direction.”

Ausmus, who initially joined the franchise as a special advisor to the General Manager was named the 17th different field manager in franchise history on Oct. 21, 2018. He led the Club to a 72-90 record in 2019 and a fourth place finish in the A.L. West.

Joe Maddon has expressed immediate interest in the job. The 65-year-old Maddon was a coach for the Angels from 1993-2005, before leaving to manage the Tampa Bay Rays. Furthermore, Maddon owns a home in Long Beach. From his home to Anaheim, is 26 miles.

 

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Cubs, manager Joe Maddon agree to part ways; no playoffs for team this season

Joe Maddon 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA on #SpiritDay., CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Joe Maddon is the right man if you want to turn your team into an instant winner. He did that in Tampa Bay and he did it in Chicago with the Cubs.

The fans love him in the Windy City because he helped make the Cubs relevant again as a legitimate contender for five years.

Maddon managed the Cubs to their first title since 1908 when they beat the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

But this 2019 season saw the Cubs fall back to third in the NL Central Division with injuries to starting pitching, bullpen problems and they had trouble beating the 4th place Reds and 5th place Pirates. And the rumors started swirling about a managerial change was coming.

The Cubs were in position to make the playoffs for much of this season. They had a half-game lead in the NL Central on Aug. 22. They had control of an NL wild card into the Month of September.

But a nine-game slide, including five consecutive one-run losses for the first time since 1915, closed any hopes of any postseason chances and made the decision on Maddon’s fate very obvious to everyone.

Earlier on Sunday, September 29, 2019, the last day of the season, the decision was made.

The Cubs will have a new manager 2020 after Maddon and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced today it was time for a change after three years of declining results since the franchise’s historic World Series championship in 2016.

Maddon’s contract expired after today’s season-ending 9-0 loss to the NL Central champion Cardinals, the Cubs hated arch-rivals.

There will be plenty of teams looking at Maddon with San Francisco, San Diego and Pittsburgh with openings for a manager. There may be others who become open this week.

“I want to continue to do this, whatever’s next out there, I want to be able to be on top of that too,” said Maddon. “Oh yeah, I don’t want to wait. I’m ready.”

 

 

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