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26th Annual Players Choice Award Winners Announced



Returning for a 26th season, the Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards were presented Wednesday night.

The awards honor one outstanding player, pitcher, rookie, and “comeback” player in each league.

Here’s who took home the hardware last night:

Most Outstanding Player– Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Most Outstanding Pitcher– Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Most Outstanding Rookie– Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Comeback Player of the Year– Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Most Outstanding Player– Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Most Outstanding Pitcher– Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Most Outstanding Rookie– Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Comeback Player of the Year– Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

Three other awards were also presented:

MLB Player of the Year- Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Always Gamer Award
– Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Marvin Miller Man of the Year– Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

The Marvin Miller Man of the Year (in its 21st season) recognizes the player who displays excellence on and off the field, and the Always Gamer Award returned for its third season, with Jose Altuve winning the previous two times.

Had Altuve won, it would’ve been a three-peat for him in this year’s awards. There’s always next year.


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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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