2014 Silver Slugger Award winners are announced

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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

Shortstop:

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Outfield:

Mike Trout, Angels

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

Michael Brantley, Indians

Catcher:

Yan Gomes, Indians

Designated Hitter:

Victor Martinez, Tigers

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National League

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

Second Base:

Neil Walker, Pirates

Shortstop:

Ian Desmond, Nationals

Third Base:

Anthony Rendon, Nationals

Outfield:

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Justin Upton, Braves

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Catcher:

Buster Posey, Giants

Starting Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.