Adam Jones avoids arbitration: one year, $3.25 million

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Sometimes the headline says it all, huh?  Jones made $465,000 last year, so he’s probably having his second best morning in some time today.

Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs.  His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if Buck Showalter has anything to do with that.  If so, it makes me wonder if Jones, after a couple of more or less identical years, is ready to break out in 2011 like many people expect he eventually will.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.