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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and Astros’ Jose Altuve Named MVP Award Winners

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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards wrapped up on Thursday night with the presentation of each league’s MVP Award winner. Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton won the National League MVP Award, while Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve took home the honor in the American League.

Stanton and Altuve had both never won the MVP Award before. For Stanton, this was the first season in a long time that he was able to stay healthy for the entire year. In 159 games played, he batted .281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. Stanton led the MLB in home runs and RBIs during the 2017 season. He had a .631 slugging percentage, which was also the best in baseball.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto finished just two percentage points behind Stanton in the NL MVP Award voting, making it one of the closest races for this award in MLB history. Votto had a higher batting average than Stanton, as he hit .320 this season. However, only he hit 36 home runs and drove in 100 runs, significantly less than Stanton in both categories. Votto finished the season with an on-base percentage of .454, while Stanton’s OBP was .376.

Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished in third place in the voting.

It was a very memorable 2017 season for Altuve. Not only did he just win his first AL MVP Award, but he also won his first World Series just a few weeks ago. Altuve batted.346 this season and hit 24 home runs while collecting 81 RBIs. He won the AL Batting Title for the third time in his career. Altuve led the MLB in batting average and was second in hits this year. He also stole 32 bases.

New York Yankees slugging right fielder Aaron Judge came in second place in the AL MVP Award voting. Judge batted .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs this season. His power numbers were clearly better than Altuve’s. However, Altuve had him beat in batting average and hits.

What most likely distinguished Altuve from Judge in the voters’ minds was the fact that the latter was more consistent. Although Judge put up incredible power numbers this year, he did go through a slump during the second half of the season. Altuve never really struggled during the 2017 season. This race was not nearly as close as it was in the NL, as Altuve received 27 first place votes while Judge got just two.

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez finished in third place in the voting.

Stanton and Altuve are your 2017 MVP winners. This wraps up the BBWAA Awards for 2017. Now that award season is over, the next thing we have to look forward to is spring training.

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

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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

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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 SNY.tv’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

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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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