It’s not often you see teams pick up a contract option for a 42-year-old reliever, but that’s exactly what the Rockies just did in bringing back LaTroy Hawkins for $2.25 million next season.
And it was probably an easy call, because Hawkins threw 54 innings with a 3.31 ERA and has now posted an ERA under 4.00 in seven of the past eight seasons. He even saved 23 games after being labeled incapable of closing at times early in his career.
This season Hawkins became one of 16 pitchers in MLB history with 1,000 or more appearances and if healthy he’ll move into the top 10 next season.
As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.
The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.
Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:
Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:
And now the National League:
Vote early, vote often.