Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award finalists announced

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The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award is given out each year to the player who “inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.” The six finalists were announced this morning:

  • Clayton Kershaw;
  • Anthony Rizzo;
  • Adam LaRoche;
  • Josh Hamilton;
  • Max Scherzer; and
  • Carlos Beltran

Each of these guys engage in extensive charitable work off-the-field. Kershaw and his wife build schools in Zambia. Rizzo does work for cancer research. LaRoche works with the Wounded Warrior Project. Hamilton runs The FourTwelve Foundation works with ministries to help the underprivileged, oppressed and vulnerable. Scherzer works with multiple Detroit charities. Beltran builds schools and runs a baseball academy in Puerto Rico.

The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award has been given out since 1997. MLB players will choose the award winner from among these six finalists. Here is a list of past winners.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.