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  • Gregor: Veteran talent may be on the way for Sox Nov 15, 2014 9:50 PM
    Executive vice president Kenny Williams had some interesting comments last week, namely that he is tired of "taking it on the chin." That appears to be code for the White Sox beefing up the payroll with some needed veteran talent this off-season.

     
  • Cubs to play first night opener in history Nov 14, 2014 5:06 PM
    The Cubs will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the Sunday night major league opener on April 5. Originally scheduled for April 6, the game was moved up to become ESPN’s opening national telecast of the season.

     
  • Kershaw, Trout win baseball’s MVP awards Nov 13, 2014 7:40 PM
    Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday. Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL honor after finishing second the previous two years. The 23-year-old became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history and the youngest unanimous selection. Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace, breezed past Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the NL award. Bob Gibson in 1968 was the previous pitcher to be the NL MVP. Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander won the AL MVP in 2011. “To have people think you mean that much to your team, it really is a huge honor,” Kershaw said on the MLB Network telecast. There was plenty of everyday player-vs.-pitcher MVP debate leading up to this announcement. Soon after Kershaw unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, he acknowledged “there are so many people out there who don’t think a pitcher should win.” This time, the 26-year-old lefty’s numbers again dominated hitters — Kershaw led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter for the NL West champions. Kershaw got 18 of 30 first-place votes and 355 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Stanton got eight first-place ballots and 298 points. He led the NL with 37 homers and was second with 105 RBIs, and missed the last 17 games for the fourth-place Marlins after being hit in the face by a fastball. McCutchen got four firsts and 271 points in his bid to win the award for the second straight year. He hit .314 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs for the wild-card Pirates. Six AL pitchers have won the MVP since Gibson took it for the St. Louis Cardinals. Before Gibson, seven pitchers had won the NL MVP, a list that includes Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Hubbell and Dizzy Dean. The AL MVP has been won 12 times by pitchers, starting when it was first presented in 1931 to Lefty Grove. Kershaw won the major league season opener in Australia on March 22, then missed more than a month when a strained upper back put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Kershaw came back to win his second straight NL Cy Young and third in four years. Featuring sharp breaking balls, Kershaw was the first pitcher to top the majors in ERA for four straight years. Kershaw led the big leagues in complete games and was best among starters in strikeouts per nine innings and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning). The four-time All-Star struck out 239 in 198 1-3 innings. On June 18, he threw the first no-hitter of his career, at Dodger Stadium against Colorado. Dodgers players have won 11 MVPs, led by Roy Campanella in 1951, ‘53 and ‘56. Also winning were Dolph Camilli (1941), Jackie Robinson (1949), Don Newcombe (1956), Maury Wills (1962), Koufax (1963), Steve Garvey (1974) and Kirk Gibson (1988). Trout received all 30 first-place votes and 420 points. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez was second with 229 points and Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley third with 185. Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine). He also was MVP of the All-Star game in July. “It’s something special, for sure,” Trout said. “If you would have told me this before the season started, I would have just laughed at you. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.” Trout was a unanimous pick as the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and was second in MVP voting to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in both of his first two full seasons, 81 points back in 2012 and 103 points behind last year. He joined Mickey Mantle as the only players to win after finishing second twice in a row. At 23 years, 52 days on the final day of the regular season, Trout is younger than all MVPs except Vida Blue (1971), Johnny Bench (1970), Stan Musial (1943) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1983), according to STATS. Musial, Bench and Blue were 22, and Ripken was 23 years, 39 days. He is the third Angels player to win after Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero (2004). Kershaw and Trout won the last of baseball’s major postseason awards. Just in time, too. Pitchers and catchers are due at spring training in only 98 days.

     
  • Zouras commits to baseball at Illinois State Nov 15, 2014 9:32 AM
    Hersey's Nick Zouras and Wheeling's Brenden Spillane have made college commitments in baseball, while Wheeling's Theresa Godlewski (swimming, South Dakota) and Deanna Kuzmanick (basketball, Alabama-Birmingham) also signed their letters of intent.

     
  • Official: Taveras was drunk during fatal crash Nov 12, 2014 6:55 PM
    Dominican officials say St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month. Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in Puerto Plata.

     
  • Acevedo calm as he takes over Waubonsie baseball program Nov 12, 2014 9:53 PM
    Bryan Acevedo said heading a baseball program was a dream job. Just don’t expect him to turn somersaults over it. Keeping an even keel is something he learned during five years with Dan Fezzuoglio at Waubonsie Valley. Following Fezzuoglio’s resignation as Warriors head varsity baseball coach Sept. 19 citing family reasons, the 31-year-old Acevedo has been tabbed as his successor.

     
  • Cooper on Sale: He’s my Cy Young, that’s for sure Nov 12, 2014 10:42 PM
    After going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA and striking out 208 in 174 innings, White Sox ace Chris Sale finished third in American League Cy Young Award voting. Cleveland's Corey Kluber edged Seattle's Felix Hernandez to win the Cy Young.

     
  • Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards Nov 12, 2014 6:35 PM
    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous choice for his third NL Cy Young Award, and Cleveland's Corey Kluber edged Seattle's Felix Hernandez to win the AL honor for the first time. Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.

     
  • Rozner: Cubs got their money’s worth in Maddon Nov 11, 2014 7:30 PM
    Joe Maddon is a stunning combination of schools old and new, which has to make uncomfortable those who believe there is only one way to manage the Chicago Cubs.

     
  • Showalter, Williams voted MLB Managers of the Year Nov 11, 2014 6:39 PM
    Baltimore's Buck Showalter was voted AL Manager of the Year for the third time on Tuesday, and Washington's Matt Williams won the NL honor following his first season as a big league skipper. Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He kept up his pattern of winning the award once a decade following victories with the New York Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. "I won't be doing it 10 years from now," Showalter said on the MLB Network telecast.

     
  • Images: Jose Abreu, AL Rookie of the Year Nov 10, 2014 11:30 PM
    Images of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, named Monday as the Baseball Writers Association of America American League Rookie of the Year for his performance in the 2014 baseball season. Abreu, a defector from Cuba, belted 36 home runs and drove in 107 runs in his remarkable campaign.

     
  • White Sox’ Abreu wins rookie award, looks forward to next year Nov 10, 2014 9:49 PM
    The Baseball Writers’ Association of America is announcing its annual awards this week, and most categories are expected to be closely contested. One of them — the American League Rookie of the Year — was essentially decided months ago. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu all but wrapped up the honor in the first half of the season when he was voted AL Player of the Month in April and July and AL Rookie of the Month in April, June and July.

     
  • Starting pitchers, catcher among Cubs’ offseason targets Nov 9, 2014 8:43 PM
    Jed Hoyer will head to the general managers meetings in Phoenix this week as the baseball off-season begins to heat up. The Cubs are in a position to target several needs, whether through free agency or trades.

     
  • Chicago Little League team visits White House Nov 6, 2014 7:18 PM
    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team has made the obligatory champions’ visit to the White House. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met Thursday with the team, their coaches, managers and Little League officials.

     
  • These managers and coaches can carve up opponents Nov 7, 2014 12:17 PM
    If there were separate Mount Rushmores for active managers/coaches in each of the four major sports leagues, I think it’s fair to say that Chicago right now would be represented on three of them by Tom Thibodeau, Joel Quenneville and Joe Maddon.

     
  • Lawyer: A-Rod admitted steroids use to DEA Nov 6, 2014 4:46 AM
    A lawyer for the University of Miami’s former pitching coach said Wednesday that Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic.

     
  • Imrem: Cubs are hot news; what about White Sox? Nov 4, 2014 7:46 PM
    The Cubs' newer ownership is making things happen with new ideas. If they re-establish their team's popularity, where will that leave the old-school White Sox?

     
  • What kind of manager did the Cubs get? Nov 4, 2014 8:42 PM
    Now that the euphoria from Joe Maddon's introductory news conference has begun to fade, Cubs fans will want to know how many wins he'll be worth and what kind of manager he'll be during games. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles gathered some insights.

     
  • Pitcher Wada agrees to 1-year deal with Cubs Nov 3, 2014 10:37 AM
    Before the Cubs introduced new manager Joe Maddon to the media on Monday they took care of some business with his pitching staff, announcing they had reached an agreement with left-handed starter Tsuyoshi Wada on a 2015 contract.

     
  • Hanover Park gets $500,000 state grant for sports complex Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hanover Park will receive a $500,000 state grant to make improvements at a youth sports complex on Barrington Road that has earned a reputation as an eyesore. “This is seed money to begin a refresh to that complete area,” Mayor Rodney Craig said.

     
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