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Jose Fernandez wins Comeback Player of the Year in the Players Choice Awards

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Last night the winners of the Players Choice Awards, handed out by the Major League Baseball Players Association, were held. One of the awards was, to say the least, bittersweet.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident in September, was voted the NL comeback player of the year. Fernandez, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and only pitched a half season in 2015. This past season he reclaimed his position of one of baseball’s most electrifying aces, going 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA, leading the league in strikeouts per nine innings and making the All-Star team. He died on Sept. 25, at age 24, when the boat he and two friends was riding in crashed into a jetty on Miami Beach.

Mark Trumbo of the Orioles, who led the majors with 47 home runs after hitting only 13 for the Mariners in 2015, was voted the AL comeback player of the year. In other awards:

  • New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson earned his second Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given to the player who most inspires his fellow players through his on-field performances and contributions to his community. Granderson also won in 2009.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was voted the AL’s outstanding player. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was selected the NL’s outstanding player.
  • Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs, who led the majors in ERA, was the NL’s outstanding pitcher. Red Sox starter Rick Porcello won the AL award.
  • Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer was the AL’s top rookie, and odgers shortstop Corey Seager the top NL rookie.

 

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.