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A's medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs

Triggs will undergo thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

Triggs, 27, was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA (24 er, 41.1 ip) with 43 strikeouts in nine starts with Oakland this season. He began the season in the A's rotation before going on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation on May 18. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 13. He made one rehab appearance with Stockton during the postseason on Sept. 5 vs. Visalia. This is the second season in a row that he has ended the year on the disabled list after suffering a strained left hip in 2017.

Oakland Athletics

Chad Pinder to receive Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Thursday

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

In addition, Pinder is a constant at A's community events, participating in events like Game Night, which raised more than $90,000 for the Oakland A's Community Fund; hospital visits to deliver Starlight Gowns to pediatric cancer patients; and distributing shoes, backpacks, T-shirts and A's hats to kids from the M. Robinson Baker YMCA.

The award originated in 1996 in honor of Stewart's many years of community service in the Bay Area. Throughout the years, Stewart has been involved in many non-profit organizations, including the Oakland Boys & Girls Club and Team-Up for Youth, a program that supports healthy development for young people living in low-income communities through after-school sports and physical activity programs. 

Previous winners of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award include: Ernie Young (1996), Scott Spiezio (1997), Tom Candiotti (1998), Art Howe (1999), Jason Giambi (2000), Terrence Long (2001), Tim Hudson (2002), Scott Hatteberg (2003), Eric Chavez (2004), Barry Zito (2005), Mark Kotsay (2006), Mark Ellis (2007), Dana Eveland (2008), Dallas Braden and Kurt Suzuki (2009), Craig Breslow (2010), Josh Willingham (2011), Jonny Gomes (2012), Sean Doolittle (2013), Jed Lowrie (2014), Stephen Vogt (2015, 2016), and Liam Hendriks (2017). 

Oakland Athletics

Cubs name INF Jared Young, RHP Matt Swarmer Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Matt Swarmer the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively.  

Young and Swarmer will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT game Thursday, September 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Matt Swarmer the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively.  

Young and Swarmer will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT game Thursday, September 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Young, 23, batted .300 (134-for-447) with 19 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers and 76 RBI in 120 games this season between Single-A South Bend and Single-A Myrtle Beach. He began the year with South Bend, hitting .313 (81-for-259) with 13 doubles, six triples, 10 homers and 53 RBI in 69 games as he earned Midwest League mid-season All-Star honors. Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June, he batted .340 (34-for-100) with four doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBI on the month before being promoted to Myrtle Beach, July 7. Young appeared in 51 games with the Pelicans to conclude the season, batting .282 (53-for-188) with six doubles, two triples, six homers, 23 RBI and a .368 on-base percentage.

Since making his pro debut in 2017 with Single-A Eugene, Young has batted .290 (170-for-587) with 25 doubles, nine triples, 17 homers and 91 RBI in 159 career contests. He has appeared in 82 games at first base, 33 games at second base, 21 games in left field and one game at shortstop.

A 15th round draft pick in the 2017 Draft, Young attended Old Dominion University where he was named First-Team All-C-USA and a Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings. 

Swarmer, 24, went 9-8 with a 3.22 ERA (46 ER/128.2 IP) in 24 starts between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. He struck out 135 batters while walking just 21, good for a 6.43 strikeout to walk ratio. He began the season with Myrtle Beach, going 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA (13 ER/51.1 IP) and 59 strikeouts in nine starts to earn Carolina League mid-season All-Star honors. He was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April after going 2-2 with a 1.74 ERA (4 ER/20.2 IP) in four starts. Promoted to Tennessee on June 5, Swarmer posted a 3.84 ERA (33 ER/77.1 IP) in 15 starts with the Smokies, striking out 76 batters and walking just 14. 

Swarmer has a career 16-14 record with a 3.84 ERA (106 ER/248.2 IP) in 56 appearances, 41 as a starter. He went 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA (53 ER/101.1 IP) in 24 appearances across four teams in the Cubs organization in 2017, and posted a 3.38 ERA (7 ER/18.2 IP) in eight games with Mesa in his pro debut in 2016. 

Selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft out of Kutztown University (Penn.), Swarmer was named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team in 2016. 

Chicago Cubs

Miles Mikolas headlines Reliving History event at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

Exclusive ticketed event scheduled for September 23rd after game vs. Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will host an exclusive Reliving History event with All-Star pitcher, Miles Mikolas on Sunday, September 23, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the museum in Ballpark Village. As part of the event, Miles will discuss his baseball career, and his connection to our award-winning exhibit Goodwill Through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific during a 45-minute Q&A session with KMOX Sports Director, Tom Ackerman. Matt Slater, Special Assistant to the GM, Player Procurement will also join the discussion to provide insight into how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas and brought him to St. Louis. 

In addition to the program, fans that purchase a ticket will enjoy a photo opportunity with Mikolas, light appetizers, and a complimentary drink. This is the third Reliving History at the Cardinals Museum event. 

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will host an exclusive Reliving History event with All-Star pitcher, Miles Mikolas on Sunday, September 23, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at the museum in Ballpark Village. As part of the event, Miles will discuss his baseball career, and his connection to our award-winning exhibit Goodwill Through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific during a 45-minute Q&A session with KMOX Sports Director, Tom Ackerman. Matt Slater, Special Assistant to the GM, Player Procurement will also join the discussion to provide insight into how the Cardinals scouted Mikolas and brought him to St. Louis. 

In addition to the program, fans that purchase a ticket will enjoy a photo opportunity with Mikolas, light appetizers, and a complimentary drink. This is the third Reliving History at the Cardinals Museum event. 

Mikolas signed as a free agent with the Cardinals on December 5, 2017. In his first season with St. Louis, Miles ranks among NL leaders in wins (15, T4th), winning percentage (.789, 2nd) and ERA (2.99, 6th). He was selected by Major League Baseball to represent the Cardinals on the 2018 National League All-Star team, which he missed due to the birth of his twins on July 16th.  

Tickets for this event are $40 or $30 for Museum Members, and can be purchased at cardinals.com/museum.

St. Louis Cardinals

Brewers announce player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year contract will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns. 

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Elmore Sports Group and relocate our Triple-A team to San Antonio," said Stearns. "San Antonio provides one of the premier Minor League markets in the country and offers our players a quality player development environment. We look forward to many future Brewers making their final Minor League stop at Wolff Stadium."

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a player development contract with Triple-A San Antonio of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year contract will run through the 2020 season. The announcement was made by Brewers General Manager David Stearns. 

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Elmore Sports Group and relocate our Triple-A team to San Antonio," said Stearns. "San Antonio provides one of the premier Minor League markets in the country and offers our players a quality player development environment. We look forward to many future Brewers making their final Minor League stop at Wolff Stadium."

The Missions join the Pacific Coast League after previously playing in the Double-A Texas League. The team plays their home games at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium. 

"We are very excited to be working with the Milwaukee Brewers," said Missions President Burl Yarbrough. "With our promotion to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, they will be terrific partners as we begin a new era of Missions baseball in 2019. The Brewers were in town last week to see our facility and discuss our renovation plans for the clubhouse and batting cages. After meeting with them and seeing their excitement for San Antonio, we feel the Brewers were the best fit for us. The Brewers have one of the top farm systems in baseball and we look forward to helping them put many more players into Major League Baseball."

This marks the second time that the Brewers have had a player development contract with the franchise. San Antonio served as the Brewers Double-A affiliate in 1972. 

Milwaukee Brewers

Pirates Charities announces "Fields for Kids" grant recipients for 2018

Grants impact more than 9,100 youth in three states

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the recipients of the "Fields for Kids" matching grant program for the entire 2018 season. Members of area nonprofits that have benefited this year will be recognized tonight in an on-field pregame ceremony at PNC Park.  

The Fields for Kids program is one of Pirates Charities' signature programs and provides financial support to improve youth baseball and/or softball facilities through matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.   

A total of 34 youth baseball and softball organizations serving over 9,100 youth located throughout three states are impacted by the 2018 grants. Groups in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia were awarded funds to help ensure their programs continue to thrive. In 2018, Pirates Charities distributed the 34 grants over two grant cycles (Spring and Fall) with 22 grants between $1,000 and $5,000 being awarded to area nonprofits, 11 grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 distributed, and one $25,000 grant awarded. 

The positive impact of the grants can be seen throughout western Pennsylvania as 29 of the grants have been awarded over 15 counties in the state, with the remaining five grants awarded in Ohio (2) and West Virginia (3).   

The largest matching grant received this round was awarded to the New Castle Area School District in Lawrence County. The group received $25,000 to assist with the renovation of a 20,000 square foot indoor training facility for use by all students in the district. The project includes the installation of three batting cages, field turf and more.  

"The Pirates Organization has afforded the children of the New Castle Area School District an opportunity of a lifetime," said Debbie DeBlasio, acting Superintendent of the New Castle School District. "Through the kindness of the organization's donation, the New Castle Area School District students will have a training facility that will be state of the art. The facility will be primarily used as a training center for all of our athletic teams. The support means so much, not only to the school, but to the students this is helping." 

Nearly $110,000 in grants were awarded in the $5,000 to $10,000 range to 11 area organizations including the Bridgeville Athletic Association, in Allegheny County, to assist with flood restoration of a field. In neighboring Beaver County, the Central Valley Youth Baseball Association received help to replace an infield, warning track and irrigation system and more; and the Hopewell Youth Baseball Association, will receive assistance for a field lighting project for a field used by nearly 300 boys and girls. 

In Crawford County, the City of Titusville received a $10,000 grant to assist with fence replacement, field leveling and the installation of a scoreboard. In Erie County, the Millcreek Youth Athletic Association was awarded a grant to rebuild dugouts and retaining walls, install drainage, replace dirt, grass, a shed and gate, as well as field grading. Over 1,000 boys and girls participate in this program.   

In Indiana County, two organizations received grants totaling $19,500 as Clymer Little League and Homer City Area Athletic Boosters Club each were awarded grants for fencing, drainage, backstops, benches and more. In Fayette County, South Union Township serves over 350 boys and girls and received assistance with backstop reconstruction, as well as installation of a retaining wall and fencing. 

In Westmoreland County, the Burrell Baseball Association received help to replace a pitching mound and batting cage netting; and in Venango County, the Franklin Little League received a grant to build fencing that will help protect players and spectators.   

In Ohio's Trumbull County, the Newton Falls Youth Baseball and Softball League received a $10,000 grant to help repair and replace fencing on five fields, construct a concession stand, rebuild a dugout, remove trees and repair lighting.  

The remainder of the Fields for Kids matching grants awarded throughout the two grant cycles are in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. This season there were 22 of these grants awarded in 15 counties and they include: 

Pennsylvania

o Allegheny County:  
§ Bethel Park Girls Softball Association
§ Brentwood Athletic Association
§ Elizabeth Forward Youth Athletics
§ Kennedy Girls Softball, Inc.
§ Mount Lebanon Girls Softball Association § Natrona Heights Baseball Softball Association, Inc

o Armstrong County: Leechburg Area School District '
o Cambria County:  
§ Coaches4Kids Foundation
§ VE Arbutas Youth Softball and Baseball League

o Fayette County: North Union Township
o Greene County: Charmichael High School Softball  
o Lawrence County: Shenango Athletic Association
o Mercer County:  
§ Reynolds Rebels Fastpitch Softball
§ Mercer Girls Fastpitch Summer League

o Somerset County: Berlin Youth Baseball and Softball League
o Washington County:  
§ Burgettstown Area Youth Baseball League
§ Union Finley Athletic Association

o Westmoreland County: Central Hempfield Baseball Softball 

• West Virginia

o Doddridge County: Doddridge County Parks
o Hancock County: Weirton Baseball Association
o Monongalia County: City of Morgantown 

• Ohio

o Jefferson County: Toronto City School District 

Grant funds may be used for the upgrading of essential field components such as sod, infield playing surfaces, fencing, dugouts and irrigation systems. Upgrades to the overall facility, including lights, bleachers, scoreboards and concession stands are also eligible.  

Since the Fields for Kids program's inception in 2009, 326 individual grants have been distributed in the greater Pittsburgh region, in addition to 44 grants in the Pirates Spring Training Home of Bradenton, Florida since the program began there in 2011. To find out more information, including a downloadable application, please visit pirates.com/piratescharities.  

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cardinals announce postseason ticket details for Wild Card & Division Series

Tickets for potential NL Wild Card Game & NLDS home games on sale Thursday at noon CT

As postseason play approaches, tickets for potential Cardinals Wild Card and Division Series games will go on sale Thursday, September 20, at noon CT. 

Based on the final standings, the Cardinals could host the National League Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 2, and/or up to three National League Division Series (NLDS) games from October 4-10. 

As postseason play approaches, tickets for potential Cardinals Wild Card and Division Series games will go on sale Thursday, September 20, at noon CT. 

Based on the final standings, the Cardinals could host the National League Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 2, and/or up to three National League Division Series (NLDS) games from October 4-10. 

Tickets for the potential NL Wild Card and NLDS games will be available at cardinals.com, via phone at 314.345.9000 and at the Busch Stadium Box Office on 8th Street. 

In advance of the public sale, fans can also receive ticket access for all 2018 Cardinals Postseason games by placing a deposit on new 2019 season tickets.

Ticketing details for possible Tiebreaker, National League Championship Series and World Series games will be announced at a later date.
For a full calendar of the 2018 MLB Postseason schedule, visit mlb.com/postseason.
 

St. Louis Cardinals

Start time of today's Yankees-Red sox game moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon

The New York Yankees announced that the start time of today's game between the Yankees and Red Sox has been moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to the current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon.

All Yankee Stadium Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 5:30 p.m.

The New York Yankees announced that the start time of today's game between the Yankees and Red Sox has been moved to 7:05 p.m. tonight due to the current forecast of inclement weather throughout the afternoon.

All Yankee Stadium Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 5:30 p.m.

Tonight's game will be broadcast on WPIX (New York market), MLB Network (outside the New York market) and Facebook (outside the New York market).

Fans holding paid tickets for today's game (Sept. 18) may use them tonight or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium through the end of the 2019 season (subject to availability). Exchanges may be made at Yankee Stadium ticket windows beginning tomorrow (Wed., Sept. 19) at 9:00 a.m., and at all other times the ticket windows are open during the regular season.

For complete information about the Yankees' rainout policy (which will be applied to this game), please visit www.yankees.com/rainout.

With respect to tickets purchased through StubHub, please visit www.StubHub.com or call 866-STUBHUB (866-788-2482) for complete information about StubHub's policies.

Fans holding complimentary (COMP) tickets for today's game must use them for tonight's game. COMP tickets or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.

New York Yankees

Dodgers name Tony Gonsolin, Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher/Player of the Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Vacaville, California native was selected in the ninth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary's College where he split playing time as an outfielder and pitcher before he transitioned to pitching full-time with the Dodgers. In 87 career minor-league games (26 starts), the right-handed pitcher went 18-10 with 10 saves, 3.14 ERA (80 ER/229.0 IP) and struck out 265 batters against 68 walks.  

Lux started 2018 with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga batting .312 (72-for-231) with eight home runs and 35 RBI and was named a Mid-Season All-Star. The 20-year-old continued his dominance in the second half of the season, slashing .346/.396/.528 and was selected as a post-season California League All-Star, to finish ranked among league leaders in average (.324, 3rd), OBP (.396, 2nd), SLG (.520, 3rd) and OPS (.916, 2nd). After 88 games with the Quakes, the Kenosha, Wisconsin native was promoted to Double-A Tulsa where he hit .324 (34-for-105) with four home runs, nine RBI and a .408 on-base percentage in 28 appearances.

Since being selected as the first-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft, the shortstop has appeared in 283 career minor league games, slashing .288/.368/.432 with 22 homers, 54 doubles, and 117 RBI.   

Gonsolin and Lux will both be presented their respective awards and honored in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 18 vs. Colorado. 


Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year: 1989-2018

Year | Player of the Year | Pitcher of the Year
1989 | Mike Huff, Albuquerque (OF) | Jim Poole, Vero Beach (LHP)
1990 | Henry Rodriguez, San Antonio (OF) | Jamie McAndrew, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1991 | Eric Karros, Albuquerque (IB) | Pedro Martinez, San Antonio/Albuquerque (RHP)
1992 | Mike Piazza, San Antonio/Albuquerque (C) | Todd Williams, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1993 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Kip Gross, Albuquerque (RHP)
1994 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Greg Hansell, Albuquerque (RHP)
1995 | Adam Riggs, San Bernardino (IF) | Gary Rath, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1996 | Paul Konerko, San Antonio/Albuquerque (IF) | Billy Neal, Vero Beach (RHP)
1997 | Paul Konerko, Albuquerque (IF) | Dennys Reyes, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1998 | Angel Peña, San Antonio (C) | Luke Prokopec, San Bernardino/San Antonio (RHP)
1999 | Chin-Feng Chen, San Bernardino (OF) | Eric Gagné , San Antonio (RHP)
2000 | Joe Thurston, San Bernardino (IF) | Carlos Garcia, San Bernardino (RHP)
2001 | Phil Hiatt, Las Vegas (IF) | Ricardo Rodriguez, Vero Beach (LHP)
2002 | Joe Thurston, Las Vegas (IF) | Edwin Jackson, South Georgia (RHP)
2003 | Franklin Gutierrez, VB/Jacksonville (OF) | Greg Miller, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (LHP)
2004 | Joel Guzman, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (OF) | Chad Billingsley, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (RHP)
2005 | Andy LaRoche, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (IF) | Chad Billingsley, Jacksonville (RHP)
2006 | James Loney, Las Vegas (1B) | Mark Alexander, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (RHP)
2007 | Chin-lung Hu, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (IF) | James McDonald, Inland Empire/Jacksonville (RHP)
2008 | Ivan De Jesus, Jr., Jacksonville (IF) | James McDonald, Jacksonville/Los Angeles (RHP)
2009 | Dee Gordon, Great Lakes (IF) | Scott Elbert, Chattanooga/Albuquerque/Los Angeles (LHP)
2010 | Jerry Sands, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Rubby De La Rosa, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (RHP)
2011 | Scott Van Slyke, Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Shawn Tolleson, Great Lakes/Rancho/Chattanooga (RHP)
2012 | Joc Pederson, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | John Ely, Albuquerque (RHP)
2013 | Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Chattanooga (RHP)
2014 | Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (OF), Corey Seager, Rancho Cucamonga/Chattanooga (IF) | Julio Urias, Rancho Cucamonga (LHP)
2015 | Alex Verdugo, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Oklahoma City (RHP)
2016 | Edwin Rios, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (IF) | Brock Stewart, Rancho Cucamonga/Tula/Oklahoma City/LA (RHP)
2017 | Keibert Ruiz, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (C) | Walker Buehler, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa/Oklahoma City (RHP)
2018 | Gavin Lux, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (INF) | Tony Gonsolin, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (RHP)

Los Angeles Dodgers

Yasiel Puig named National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

On Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Puig clubbed a pair of solo home runs as part of a three-hit game to lead the Dodgers to an important 3-0 win. The outing was his second multi-homer game of the season, previously doing so on August 2nd against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cuban native enjoyed one of his best games as a Major Leaguer in the following contest on Saturday, driving in a career-high seven runs to go along with his first career three-homer game. Yasiel joined NL MVP candidate Matt Carpenter (July 20th) of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only players in the Majors this season to record three home runs and seven RBI in a contest.  

In addition, the dynamic outfielder became just the fourth Cuban-born player to ever reach those totals in a game, joining Jose Canseco (June 13, 1994), Yoenis Céspedes (August 21, 2015) and Kendrys Morales (August 31, 2017). Puig became just the ninth player in franchise history to log back-to-back multi-homer games (last: Cody Bellinger; June 11-13, 2017), and the 24th player in Club history to post a three-homer game (last: Corey Seager; June 20, 2017). Additionally, the 2014 All-Star became just the second player in Dodgers lore to record five round-trippers in consecutive games, joining Shawn Green, who accomplished the feat on May 23-24, 2002. The Dodgers recorded at least one home run in 23 consecutive games from August 21st-September 15th, the second-longest streak in franchise history, and the longest since 1953 when the then-Brooklyn Dodgers posted a streak of 24 games. Entering play today, the Dodgers (82-68) are tied with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot, and sit just a half-game behind the Colorado Rockies (82-67) in the tight NL West.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Yasiel Puig will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dana-Farber Pediatric Patients join Fenway's Bullpen Buddies, Celebrate 68 Years with Red Sox

After 68 years of partnership between the Boston Red Sox's charitable Red Sox Foundation and the Jimmy Fund, a charity supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic received a unique honor that most Bostonians spend their whole lives only dreaming about: Fenway Park Field Access. 

As part of the Bullpen Buddies charity initiative, sponsored by IBEW Local 103 and NECA, Dana-Farber pediatric patients stood on the field of the oldest, most beloved Major League ballpark in America and cheered on the Red Sox during their batting practice. 

The Red Sox Foundation has worked closely with Dana-Farber and its revered Jimmy Fund for decades, partnering to raise money for cancer research and treatment for adults and children. 

Throughout the Red Sox batting practice, Jimmy Fund Clinic patients were greeted at the bullpen by some hometown heroes: players of the Boston Red Sox. After getting autographs from their new friends, patients and their families then stayed to watch the Red Sox match up against the Toronto Blue Jays, together enjoying America's favorite pastime in America's favorite park. 

IBEW Local 103 and NECA also provided each of the young visitors with IBEW Local 103 t-shirts, Red Sox hats, a baseball, and other Red Sox merchandise in a complimentary swag bag as part of the experience. 

"Bullpen Buddies is a really special initiative, and we're proud to play a part in making such a positive, lasting memory for local youth," said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager of IBEW Local 103. "That's what this partnership with the Sox is all about: working together for our community." 

The members of IBEW Local 103 and NECA have been servicing Fenway Park for over 100 years. Now, IBEW Local 103 members, along with the union contractors of NECA, have forged a broader partnership with the Boston Red Sox that will help power a number of key charitable initiatives. In addition to Bullpen Buddies, these initiatives include the recent Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive and an expansion of the "Helmets to Hardhats" program that helps returning military service veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in the construction trade industry.

"Generations of Red Sox players, staff, and fans have raised millions for cancer treatment and research for the Jimmy Fund. We're excited to celebrate our partnership, which is the oldest and most extensive team-charity relationship in professional sports. There isn't a better way to celebrate that than to give our young patients the chance to meet their favorite players on the field at Fenway Park," said Jimmy Fund spokesperson Molly McHale. "We can't thank IBEW and NECA enough for choosing The Jimmy Fund for what was a special day for patients and their families." 

About the Jimmy Fund: The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events. Their charity partners include the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. 


About IBEW Local 103: IBEW Local 103's mission is to provide Greater Boston's developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live, and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by the recently built addition to our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advance electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions is only a small part of our Union's focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and expertise to causes and charities serving those less fortunate throughout our jurisdiction.

About NECA of Greater Boston: For over 100 years, NECA of Greater Boston has guaranteed Eastern New England construction developers the highest level of quality in electric and telecommunication service. Through representation of more than 80 of the finest electrical and telecom contractors in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, NECA of Greater Boston strives every day to bring reliability and safety to each local project. Our tireless dedication to construction quality is synonymous to our dedication to the communities we serve, and we're proud to share and amplify those values through partnerships with the union electrical industry. Together our priority is simple: to advocate for the education, management and skilled workforce training, and labor relations that are constantly raising the standards of the industry.

After 68 years of partnership between the Boston Red Sox's charitable Red Sox Foundation and the Jimmy Fund, a charity supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic received a unique honor that most Bostonians spend their whole lives only dreaming about: Fenway Park Field Access. 

As part of the Bullpen Buddies charity initiative, sponsored by IBEW Local 103 and NECA, Dana-Farber pediatric patients stood on the field of the oldest, most beloved Major League ballpark in America and cheered on the Red Sox during their batting practice. 

The Red Sox Foundation has worked closely with Dana-Farber and its revered Jimmy Fund for decades, partnering to raise money for cancer research and treatment for adults and children. 

Throughout the Red Sox batting practice, Jimmy Fund Clinic patients were greeted at the bullpen by some hometown heroes: players of the Boston Red Sox. After getting autographs from their new friends, patients and their families then stayed to watch the Red Sox match up against the Toronto Blue Jays, together enjoying America's favorite pastime in America's favorite park. 

IBEW Local 103 and NECA also provided each of the young visitors with IBEW Local 103 t-shirts, Red Sox hats, a baseball, and other Red Sox merchandise in a complimentary swag bag as part of the experience. 

"Bullpen Buddies is a really special initiative, and we're proud to play a part in making such a positive, lasting memory for local youth," said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager of IBEW Local 103. "That's what this partnership with the Sox is all about: working together for our community." 

The members of IBEW Local 103 and NECA have been servicing Fenway Park for over 100 years. Now, IBEW Local 103 members, along with the union contractors of NECA, have forged a broader partnership with the Boston Red Sox that will help power a number of key charitable initiatives. In addition to Bullpen Buddies, these initiatives include the recent Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive and an expansion of the "Helmets to Hardhats" program that helps returning military service veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in the construction trade industry.

"Generations of Red Sox players, staff, and fans have raised millions for cancer treatment and research for the Jimmy Fund. We're excited to celebrate our partnership, which is the oldest and most extensive team-charity relationship in professional sports. There isn't a better way to celebrate that than to give our young patients the chance to meet their favorite players on the field at Fenway Park," said Jimmy Fund spokesperson Molly McHale. "We can't thank IBEW and NECA enough for choosing The Jimmy Fund for what was a special day for patients and their families." 

About the Jimmy Fund: The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events. Their charity partners include the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. 


About IBEW Local 103: IBEW Local 103's mission is to provide Greater Boston's developers with the best trained, most efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union's values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live, and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by the recently built addition to our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advance electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits, and fair working conditions is only a small part of our Union's focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and expertise to causes and charities serving those less fortunate throughout our jurisdiction.

About NECA of Greater Boston: For over 100 years, NECA of Greater Boston has guaranteed Eastern New England construction developers the highest level of quality in electric and telecommunication service. Through representation of more than 80 of the finest electrical and telecom contractors in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, NECA of Greater Boston strives every day to bring reliability and safety to each local project. Our tireless dedication to construction quality is synonymous to our dedication to the communities we serve, and we're proud to share and amplify those values through partnerships with the union electrical industry. Together our priority is simple: to advocate for the education, management and skilled workforce training, and labor relations that are constantly raising the standards of the industry.

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Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros named American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier on MLB Network.

Across two starts, Verlander compiled a perfect 2-0 record while posting a 1.93 ERA over 14.0 innings pitched to claim his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also April 15th), and the eighth of his career. The 2011 AL MVP tallied 21 strikeouts and issued just two free passes along with nine hits in two dominant starts last week. Justin, a product of Old Dominion University, paced his AL counterparts in innings pitched and strikeouts. The last Astros hurler to take home weekly honors other than Verlander was Mike Fiers on August 23, 2015.

All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier on MLB Network.

Across two starts, Verlander compiled a perfect 2-0 record while posting a 1.93 ERA over 14.0 innings pitched to claim his second AL Player of the Week Award this season (also April 15th), and the eighth of his career. The 2011 AL MVP tallied 21 strikeouts and issued just two free passes along with nine hits in two dominant starts last week. Justin, a product of Old Dominion University, paced his AL counterparts in innings pitched and strikeouts. The last Astros hurler to take home weekly honors other than Verlander was Mike Fiers on August 23, 2015.

In his return to Comerica Park on September 10th against his former Club, the Detroit Tigers, Verlander tossed 7.0 innings of two-run ball with 10 strikeouts, permitting six hits and one walk en route to earning his first win against Detroit. With the performance, the seven-time All-Star reached the 15-win mark for the 10th time in his career, and is the only active Major League pitcher to have 10 double-digit win seasons. In the second outing of his award-winning week, the second overall selection of the 2004 MLB Draft earned the win after limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to just one run on three hits with 11 punchouts. The performance was his 10th this season in which he recorded at least 10 strikeouts while issuing no more than one walk, extending his franchise record for such games in a single season. In addition, the 35-year-old notched his 11th career season of at least 200 innings, joining Mark Buehrle (14) and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (12) as the only pitchers with as many such seasons in the Wild Card era (since 1994). Entering play today, Verlander, who has matched his career high from 2009 with 269 strikeouts, and his All-Star rotation-mate Gerrit Cole (260) rank first and second in the AL in strikeouts, respectively. The duo are the first pair of right-handed pitchers since at least 1900 to each surpass 250 punchouts in a season for the same Club.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius (.333, 7 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI) of the New York Yankees also posted a strong week at the plate. On Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, Gregorius logged his fifth multi-homer game of the season, culminating with his fourth home run in as many days. Following the performance, the 28-year-old established a new career high with 26 round-trippers on the season, and set a new franchise record for home runs by a shortstop in a single campaign. Other noteworthy performances last week included shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (.419, 13 H, 7 RBI, 5 SB) and second baseman Whit Merrifield (.310, 10 R, 4 XBH, 5 SB) of the Kansas City Royals, and outfielder Mitch Haniger (.407, 5 R, 4 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Justin Verlander will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers named National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Yasiel finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Yasiel finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

On Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Puig clubbed a pair of solo home runs as part of a three-hit game to lead the Dodgers to an important 3-0 win. The outing was his second multi-homer game of the season, previously doing so on August 2nd against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cuban native enjoyed one of his best games as a Major Leaguer in the following contest on Saturday, driving in a career-high seven runs to go along with his first career three-homer game. Yasiel joined NL MVP candidate Matt Carpenter (July 20th) of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only players in the Majors this season to record three home runs and seven RBI in a contest. In addition, the dynamic outfielder became just the fourth Cuban-born player to ever reach those totals in a game, joining Jose Canseco (June 13, 1994), Yoenis Céspedes (August 21, 2015) and Kendrys Morales (August 31, 2017). Puig became just the ninth player in franchise history to log back-to-back multi-homer games (last: Cody Bellinger; June 11-13, 2017), and the 24th player in Club history to post a three-homer game (last: Corey Seager; June 20, 2017). Additionally, the 2014 All-Star became just the second player in Dodgers lore to record five round-trippers in consecutive games, joining Shawn Green, who accomplished the feat on May 23-24, 2002. The Dodgers recorded at least one home run in 23 consecutive games from August 21st-September 15th, the second-longest streak in franchise history, and the longest since 1953 when the then-Brooklyn Dodgers posted a streak of 24 games. Entering play today, the Dodgers (82-68) are tied with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot, and sit just a half-game behind the Colorado Rockies (82-67) in the tight NL West.

Other noteworthy performances last week included rookie sensation Juan Soto (.393, 8 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Washington Nationals; starting pitcher Luis Castillo (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Cincinnati Reds; outfielder Marcell Ozuna (.333, 6 R, 3 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Cardinals; outfielder Michael Conforto (.333, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and All-Star starter Jacob deGrom (14.0 IP, 3.21 ERA, 21 SO, 3 BB) of the New York Mets; and starter Chris Stratton (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 7 SO) of the San Francisco Giants.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Yasiel Puig will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Verlander Named American League Player of the Week

Astros Ace wins his eighth career weekly award and his second in 2018

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10-16. This marks the eighth career American League Player of the Week award for Verlander and his second this season. The other came the week of April 9-15. 

Over the past week, Verlander was 2-0 in two starts with a 1.93 ERA (3ER/14IP) with 21 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings pitched. He allowed just nine hits for a .184 opponent batting average. Verlander posted double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts. On Monday, in what was his first start back at Tiger Stadium since being acquired by the Astros, Verlander tallied 10 K's in his 7.0 innings of work in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. Yesterday afternoon, he tallied 11 K's in 7.0 innings while allowing just one run in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

For the season, Verlander is 16-9 with a 2.67 ERA, and leads the AL with 269 strikeouts, the latter of which matches his career-high for a season. For the month of September, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA (4 ER/21IP) and 29 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched. In recognition of his AL Player of the Week award, Verlander will be presented with a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Prior to this season, Verlander won the AL Player of the Week Award for the weeks of May 22-28, 2006, June 11-17, 2007, May 2-8, 2011, June 13-19, 2011, Sept. 12-18, 2011 and Sept. 24-30, 2012. 

An Astros player has now been named AL Player of the Week four times in 2018. In addition to Verlander winning the award twice, Evan Gattis (June 11-17) and Alex Bregman (June 25-July 1) have also won the award. The Astros have also won two monthly awards this season, with Verlander capturing AL Pitcher of the Month honors for May and Bregman winning AL Player of the Month honors for June.   


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Updates on RF Aaron Judge and LHP Aroldis Chapman

Earlier today at a simulated game at Yankee Stadium, RF Aaron Judge had 11 live at-bats off of RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams and minor-league LHP Phillip Diehl. 

Additionally, LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. 

Earlier today at a simulated game at Yankee Stadium, RF Aaron Judge had 11 live at-bats off of RHP A.J. Cole, RHP Chance Adams and minor-league LHP Phillip Diehl. 

Additionally, LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. 

Both Judge and Chapman completed their sim-game programs without issues.

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