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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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