Bud Selig on St. Louis: “You are the best baseball city.”

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Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attended the 57th annual St. Louis BBWAA Dinner on Sunday night. Addressing a rather crowded audience, he spoke highly of St. Louis:

No word on whether Cardinals fans are the best fans in baseball, however.

During the event, many awards were handed out:

  • Hall of Famer and former manager Red Schoendienst was honored with the Schoendienst Medal, presented by Rick Hummel
  • Selig was the first recipient of the Schoendienst Medal
  • Ron Jacober and Dick Kaegel accepted the Hyland/Hummel award for journalistic contributions to baseball
  • Magneuris Sierra won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year Award
  • Marco Gonzales won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award
  • 2014 National League stolen base leader Dee Gordon was presented with the Lou Brock Award
  • Kolten Wong won the Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award
  • Adam Wainwright accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink “Man of the Year” Award, dedicating it to Oscar Taveras and Brian Burwell
  • Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each received the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball

I think the informal “best fans” award is the one people are going to be talking about, however.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.