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.
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.