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Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton Win 2017 Hank Aaron Award

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We officially have our 2017 Hank Aaron Award winners- Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Prior to Game 2 of the World Series last night in LA, Altuve and Stanton were presented the award by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who was joined by the man himself- Hank Aaron.

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Following the ceremony, Aaron gave praise to the two young stars on Twitter:

Aaron of course hit 755 career home runs in 23 Major League seasons, which some regard as the true home run record.

The Hank Aaron Award is presented to the best overall offensive performer in each league. 2017 marks the 19th season that MLB has given out the award.

Both players had exceptional years at the dish. Altuve hit .346 with 24 homers and 81 RBIs, setting career highs in on-base percentage (.410) and slugging percentage (.547). Stanton of course led the majors with his 59 homers (most in MLB since 2001) and 132 RBIs, while hitting .281, slugging .631, and scoring 123 runs.

Very well deserved for both players, the first such honor for Altuve and second for Stanton (2014).

Altuve fittingly hit the first of back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning for the Astros last night, helping them slug out a 7-6 win in 11 innings. Guess that award gave him some extra good luck prior to the game:

What a night for the little big guy!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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