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.

Matt Shoemaker to undergo MRI on sprained left knee

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Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain following his early departure from Saturday’s game. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday, after which the club will be able to determine the extent of his injury and draw up a more definite timeline for his return to the mound.

The right-hander held the A’s scoreless through three innings of three-hit, one-strikeout ball on Saturday. In the bottom of the third, with two outs and Matt Chapman on first, Shoemaker helped complete an inning-ending putout after Chapman tried to steal second. He tagged Chapman between first and second base, but appeared to twist his leg in the process and immediately started limping away.

Shoemaker was helped off the field after the play and was swiftly replaced by righty Sam Gaviglio in the bottom of the fourth. This is the first serious injury the 32-year-old has sustained since he underwent forearm surgery and missed nearly all of his 2018 campaign with the Angels. While he’s not expected to be sidelined for quite as long this time around, it’s still a concerning setback for the Blue Jays’ no. 2 starter, who currently boasts a sterling 1.57 ERA, 2.8 BB/9, and 7.5 SO/9 through his first 28 2/3 innings of 2019.

The Blue Jays will undoubtedly feel the lack of Shoemaker’s presence over the next few days, but they managed deliver a blowout win on Saturday even without his help. Behind six innings of one-run ball from Gaviglio and Elvis Luciano, the offense mustered up 10 runs — the most they’ve collected in a single game all season — and kept the A’s hardest hits at bay with impressive catches from Billy McKinney and Freddy Galvis.