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Bellinger, Judge Both Unanimously Named Rookie Of The Year

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Ready for a shock? Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge were both named Rookie of the Year for their respective leagues on Monday in a unanimous vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. The last time both league’s Rookie of the Year were a unanimous choice was 1997 when Scott Rolen and Nomar Garciaparra both took the honor.

Cody Bellinger’s rookie campaign for Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers was, in a word, electric. Despite being just old enough to drink at season’s beginning, the calm and quiet Bellinger delivered a performance that stands out even in the illustrious history of his team. Batting .267 with 39 homers and 97 RBI while splitting time at two different positions is remarkable for any player, even more so for a kid.

The Dodgers may have fallen short in the Fall Classic against Houston, but they never even would have been there had it not been for Bellinger’s contributions. He is LA’s second-straight Rookie of the Year winner behind Corey Seager last year.  St. Louis’ Paul Dejong was the runner-up and Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell came in third.

Aaron Judge’s first full season for the New York Yankees was nothing short of wowing. It saw him break the Yankee record for home runs by a rookie..before the All-Star Game. Though he tailored off majorly from July until September, the 25-year-old recomposed himself and delivered a monster final month that helped propel the Bombers to the Wild Card.

The behemoth of a right fielder finished with a .284 AVG, 114 RBI and an AL leading 52 home runs, a new American League rookie record. Boston’s Andrew Benintendi came in second while Baltimore’s Trey Mancini placed third.

Judge is a finalist for MVP later this week as well and though I don’t think he should win that, nothing can take away from the amazing season that we saw from the humble giant. All Rise.

Both of these guys are remarkable young players that have a chance to be superstars for a long time to come. Check back with us tomorrow night for the unveiling of Manager of the Year!

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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