Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a sixth-inning solo home run off of Colby Lewis on Sunday, adding insurance by pushing the Mariners’ lead to 4-2. Cruz is now hitting .325/.391/.607 with 33 home runs and 69 RBI on the season.
During his 19-game hitting streak, Cruz is batting .422/.473/.928 with 12 home runs and 15 RBI. The Mariners, however, have mustered only a 10-9 record in that span of time. At 52-60 overall, the Mariners sit disappointingly in fourth place in the AL West.
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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).