MLB pocket book: Trout, Bellinger earn MVP honors

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Los Angeles Angels middle fielder Mike Trout turned the 11th participant in baseball historical past to win at the least three MVP awards, topping Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in outcomes introduced Thursday.

Los Angeles Angels middle fielder Mike Trout runs previous an outfield signal earlier than enjoying the New York Yankees of their MLB American League sport at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 12, 2013. Information/Ray Stubblebine

In voting by the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America, Trout acquired 17 first-place votes and 355 voting factors. Bregman was the runner-up with 13 first-place votes and 335 factors, and Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was a distant third with 228 factors.

Trout joins an inventory of gamers with three-plus MVPs that’s headed by Barry Bonds, a seven-time winner. Nobody else has received greater than the three captured by Trout, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio and Jimmie Foxx.

Trout completed within the prime two in AL MVP voting for the seventh time in eight full main league seasons. This yr, he led the majors with a .438 on-base proportion and the AL with a .645 slugging proportion whereas batting .291 with 45 homers (second within the AL) and 104 RBIs.

—Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger was voted the Nationwide League’s Most Invaluable Participant, topping the 2018 winner, Milwaukee Brewers proper fielder Christian Yelich.

Bellinger acquired 19 of the 30 first-place votes by the BBWAA and completed with 362 voting factors. Yelich obtained 10 first-place votes and wound up with 317 factors. Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon acquired the opposite first-place vote and took third place with 242 factors.

Bellinger, 24, received the NL Rookie of the 12 months in 2017, and he captured his first Gold Glove this yr. He batted .305 with a .406 on-base proportion, a .629 slugging proportion, 47 homers and 115 RBIs — all profession highs — whereas main the league with 351 whole bases.

—Gerrit Cole formally turned a free agent when he declined a qualifying provide from the Houston Astros. He was considered one of 10 pending free brokers who acquired qualifying provides of a one-year, $17.eight million contract from their present groups on Nov. four.

Two of the 10 accepted the provide, making them signed gamers for 2020: Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

The opposite eight gamers declined the qualifying provide and can head into free company: Cole, Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, San Francisco Giants left-handers Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna and New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.

—Smith subsequently signed with the Braves, getting a three-year, $39 million contract in a deal that features a 2023 membership choice for $13 million.

The 30-year-old left-hander was an All-Star with the Giants in 2019, ending 6-Zero with 34 saves and a 2.76 ERA in 63 appearances.

Smith struck out 96 batters and walked 21 in 65 1/three innings, holding opponents to a .196 common. Left-handed hitters batted simply .157 in opposition to him with two extra-base hits.

—Former main league catcher and first baseman Mike Napoli will be part of the Chicago Cubs’ teaching workers, in accordance with a number of experiences.

Napoli, who hit 267 dwelling runs over 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Crimson Sox and Cleveland Indians, will change into the Cubs’ high quality assurance coach below new supervisor David Ross, in accordance with The Athletic. Napoli and Ross had been teammates with the Boston Crimson Sox in 2013.

Napoli, 38, received a World Sequence with the Crimson Sox in 2013 and was on the Indians workforce that superior to the World Sequence in 2016. Cleveland was defeated in that collection by the Cubs, the group Napoli will now be part of.

—The New York Yankees made it official, asserting Matt Blake as their new pitching coach after experiences of his hiring surfaced final week.

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Blake served because the Cleveland Indians’ assistant director of participant growth for 3 seasons earlier than being promoted to be the workforce’s director of pitching growth. The 34-year-old will substitute Larry Rothschild, who had served because the Yankees’ pitching coach since 2011 earlier than he was fired on Oct. 28.

Regardless of a rash of accidents this yr, New York completed in the course of the pack (14th) within the main leagues with a four.31 regular-season ERA. The Yankees’ 2.87 ERA within the postseason ranked second among the many 10 playoff groups.

—Area Degree Media