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2014 Silver Slugger Award winners are announced


The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger will be announced this evening (6:00 p.m. ET) during an hour-long special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top hitter at each position in both the American League and the National League. Votes are cast by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the names of this year’s recipients as they are announced:

American League

First Base:

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Second Base:

Jose Altuve, Astros


Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre, Rangers


Mike Trout, Angels

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

Michael Brantley, Indians


Yan Gomes, Indians

Designated Hitter:

Victor Martinez, Tigers


National League

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

Second Base:

Neil Walker, Pirates


Ian Desmond, Nationals

Third Base:

Anthony Rendon, Nationals


Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Justin Upton, Braves

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins


Buster Posey, Giants

Starting Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

2014 Gold Glove winners

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The 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being revealed during an hour-long special airing right now (7:00 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. We will list all of the winners here, position-by-position, as they are announced by the Baseball Tonight crew …

National League

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Andrelton Simmons, Braves
LF Christian Yelich, Marlins
CF Juan Lagares, Mets
RF Jason Heyward, Braves
P Zack Greinke, Dodgers

American League

C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B Kyle Seager, Mariners
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
RF Nick Markakis, Orioles
P Dallas Keuchel, Astros

Gold Glove Awards are voted on by the managers and coaches in each league. A sabermetric component was added in 2013, providing a statistical research guide from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to the voters, but there are obviously still deep flaws. Leave some outrage in the comments if you’d like.

2014 Fielding Bible Award winners announced

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The Fielding Bible Awards are back. And they have an interesting wrinkle this time around.

If you aren’t familiar with the Fielding Bible Awards, just think of them as an alternative to the traditional Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Voted on by a 12-person panel consisting of some familiar names, including Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny, Rob Neyer, and others, the award aims to identify who was the best defensive player at each position for each season.

The big change this year is the introduction of the multi-position award, which recognizes a brilliant defensive player who plays multiple positions. In order to qualify, a player must have played at least 600 innings across all positions and played no more than 70 percent of those innings at any one position. I think you are going to like their choice.

Here’s the full list of the 10 winners for 2014:

Multi-position –  Lorenzo Cain, Royals
C– Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B – Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
SS – Andrelton Simmons, Braves
3B– Josh Donaldson, Athletics
LF – Alex Gordon, Royals
CF – Juan Lagares, Mets
RF – Jason Heyward, Braves
P – Dallas Keuchel, Astros

It’s hard to quibble with these choices. Six of the 10 are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, including Cain, Gonzalez, Donaldson, Lagares, Lucroy, and Keuchel. Of course, what’s interesting about Cain is that he wasn’t even a finalist for a Gold Glove Award this year. Too bad.

You can see the full ballot here.

Giants on re-signing Sandoval: ‘We’ll do the best we can’


KANSAS CITY – Once again, Pablo Sandoval proved that he is a big money player in October. Now the bill comes due.

After a record-setting postseason in which he collected 26 hits, including three in Wednesday night’s 3-2, World Series clinching Game 7 victory at Kauffman Stadium, and then splashed flat on his back in the grass in blissful repose after catching the final out in foul territory, Sandoval will become a free agent.

The Giants want him back. They know that desire guarantees nothing, though.

“Look, we’ll do the best we can,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said. “And up till now, the best we can has been to secure our guys.”

[INSTANT REPLAY: Giants win third World Series in five years]

The Giants were due to land back in San Francisco after 4 a.m. Thursday. GM Brian Sabean will meet with ownership and members of his baseball staff that afternoon. There’s no luxury to rest when you win Game 7 of the World Series. The offseason begins before you pop the first cork.

“Pablo’s at the top of that list. We all know it,” Sabean said. “Every negotiation is different. Every intention on the part of the player is different. I know we love Pablo and he loves the Giants and we’ll see what happens.”

For all the consternation regarding his conditioning, Sandoval made himself into a Gold Glove finalist at third base this season and he continued to come up big when it mattered most. He has a .344 batting average in the postseason and hit .366 this October with six doubles, five RBIs and 12 runs scored in 17 games. His 26 hits this month established a major league record for one postseason, passing up the previous record of 25 held by Marquis Grissom and Darin Erstad.

In 12 career World Series games, Sandoval is batting .426 with four doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. He didn’t crush three home runs this time, like he did in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series on the way to MVP honors, but he reached safely in all four plate appearances Wednesday – including three times when leading off an inning — and scored two of the Giants’ three runs.

“I just love being under pressure and trying to doing my job,” said Sandoval whose final out pose will be replayed for years and years. “I just try to do the best I can. I do love (San Francisco). I love my teammates and the fans. They deserve this. This opportunity the Giants organization gave to me to be here, to learn the game, it’s so exciting.”

Asked about his free agency, he said, “I’m just going to celebrate.”

The buzz will wear off soon enough. The Giants offered Sandoval a three-year, $40 million contract in the spring that was rejected by his camp, who hoped to start negotiations nearer to the five-year, $90 million deal that Hunter Pence received after last season. It’s clear the Giants will increase their offer now. It’s less clear how far Sandoval’s expectations will go up.

The Boston Red Sox, especially, are keen on improving at third base and have money to spend. They also have a DH spot that they could use at some point in the future, allowing them to guarantee more years to Sandoval than an NL club might be comfortable offering.

[RELATED: Eight World Series items headed to Cooperstown]

But there is a downside to signing with the Red Sox, particularly for players who don’t get off to a good start. Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford know something about that. Sandoval is beloved in San Francisco, which club officials hope will count for something.

“Pablo’s an amazing baseball player,” Baer said. “He’s a sweet guy. He plays the game like a kid but he’s a man’s man. We all know he’s got a lot of talent and we all know you go through highs and lows with a player. In the end, he’s a heck of a baseball player and he fits in this crazy quilt framework of ours really well. Having said that, you can’t predict free agency, and other teams, and agents and everything. So we’ll see.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy made it clear what his preference would be.

“Great players, they have a way of rising to the occasion. He did that,” Bochy said. “You could see a difference in Pablo once the postseason started. His focus, his third base play was as good as I’ve seen from any third baseman. That’s what I’m proud of about him, is how he made himself such a good defender.

“As for what happens, I don’t know. It’s obvious I love this kid, too. I’ve had him since he came up, and hopefully something gets done, but these are things that take care of themselves in the winter.”

Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong and Sergio Romo also are expected to file for free agency; the Giants have had preliminary discussions with Peavy about coming back, but have not discussed parameters of a deal.

Gold Glove finalists announced

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Gold Glove award winners are announced November 4, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Alex Avila, Yan Gomes, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Eric Hosmer, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler
AL, third base: Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager
AL, shortstop: Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez
AL, left field: Alex Gordon, Michael Brantley, Yoenis Cespedes
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Adam Eaton, Jackie Bradley Jr.
AL, right field: Kole Calhoun, Kevin Kiermaier, Nick Markakis
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel

NL, catcher: Jonathan Lucroy, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Morneau, Adam LaRoche
NL, second base: D.J. LeMahieu, Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, Pablo Sandoval
NL, shortstop: Zack Cozart, Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons
NL, left field: Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Christian Yelich
NL, center field: Billy Hamilton, Denard Span, Juan Lagares
NL, right field: Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra, Giancarlo Stanton
NL, pitcher: Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright

I stopped paying much attention to the Gold Glove awards a long time ago–somewhere between Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a designated hitter and Derek Jeter winning five as a shortstop–but feel free to complain about the finalists.