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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Max Scherzer wins the 2016 National League Cy Young Award

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been named the 2016 National League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He’s the first member of the Nationals/Expos to win the Cy Young Award since Pedro Martinez in 1997 as a member of the Expos.

Scherzer, 32, led the majors with 284 strikeouts while leading the National League with 20 wins and 228 1/3 innings. He also compiled a 2.96 ERA which ranked eighth among qualified starters in the NL, but had a 3.24 FIP (5th) and a 3.37 xFIP (3rd).

Scherzer has now won the Cy Young Award in both leagues. He’s the sixth player to do so, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Roy Halladay.

Scherzer received 25 of 30 first-place votes. Cubs starters Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks finished in second place, respectively, followed by Madison Bumgarner of the Giants, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Johnny Cueto of the Giants, Jose Fernandez of the Marlins, Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Jake Arrieta of the Cubs, and Tanner Roark of the Nationals.

Tom Ricketts plans to reach out to Steve Bartman for “closure”

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 04:  Owner and charirman Tom Ricketts of the Chicago Cubs speaks to the crowd during the Chicago Cubs victory celebration in Grant Park on November 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs won their first World Series championship in 108 years after defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tom Ricketts, owner of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs, plans to reach out to Steve Bartman to provide closure, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Bartman, you may recall, was the fan who interfered with left fielder Moises Alou on a foul ball catch attempt down the left field line at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS between the Marlins and Cubs. The ball deflected off of Bartman, much to the chagrin of an angry Alou. The Marlins would go on to have an eight-run inning, overcoming a 3-0 deficit. They would also win Game 7 by a 9-6 margin to advance to the World Series.

Bartman was persona non grata in Chicago almost immediately. As the years went by, Cubs fans’ hatred of Bartman subsided, but he never put himself back in the spotlight. He declined interview and other appearance requests. There was even a push to allow him to throw out the first pitch before one of the Cubs’ World Series games this past postseason, but he declined that as well.

Ricketts said of Bartman, “I’m sure we’ll reach out to him at the right time and I’m sure we’ll figure something out that provides closure for everybody. Hopefully, we can make it work. But you know, I never focused on ghosts or curses or Bartmans or any of that stuff. It’s always been about needing a better team on the field. We wanted to eventually get to that point where we can pick out rings, like we did (Tuesday), and here we are.”

Mike Redmond signs with the Rockies as a bench coach

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 22: Manager Mike Redmond of the Miami Marlins looks on during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 22, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Rockies announced on Wednesday that Mike Redmond has signed with the club as a bench coach.

Redmond, 45, was the Marlins’ manager from 2013-15 but the club put up a lackluster 155-207 (.428) record, leading to his dismissal 38 games into the 2015 season. He had previously managed Single-A Lansing in 2011 and High-A Dunedin in 2012, both in the Blue Jays organization.

Redmond will be working under new Rockies manager Bud Black, who was hired on November 6.