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.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.