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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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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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