I’m taking a few days off and won’t be updating a anything here or on Twitter. There will be some fresh stories appearing on Reds.com this week and any breaking news will be covered.
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In voting results announced Wednesday by Baseball Writers Association of America, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous choice for the National League Cy Young Award. It was Kershaw’s second-straight win and the third for his career. Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto finished in second place.
While Kershaw received first-place votes on all 30 ballots for 210 points. Cueto received 23 second-place votes and six third-place votes and one fourth-place vote for 112 points. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was third after he received seven second-place votes and 23 third-place votes for 97 points.
Cueto, 28, was 20-9 with 2.25 ERA while finishing first in innings (243 2/3), starts (34) and tied for first in strikeouts (242). Along with Wainwright, he was tied for second in wins behind Kershaw, was alone for second to the Dodgers lefty in ERA and WHIP (0.96) and tied for third with four complete games. Cueto was the Major League leader with a .194 opponents’ batting average while Kershaw was second at .196.
For the voting breakdown, click here.
More to come on MLB.com.
Billy Hamilton came in second for National League Rookie of the Year. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is the winner.
deGrom received 25 first place votes and four second-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America for 142 points in a 5-3-1 scoring system.
Hamilton received four first place votes, 23 second-place votes and one third-place vote for 92 points.
Kolten Wong received three second-place votes and 11 third-place votes for 14 points.
In 152 games, Hamilton batted .250/.292/.355 with six home runs, 48 RBIs, 141 hits, 72 runs and 56 stolen bases. He led all NL rookies in runs, hits, steals, RBIs, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases. He led all NL center fielders with 10 outfield assists and a .994 fielding percentage.
Where Hamilton likely lost votes was his second half slide at the plate. He was a .200 hitter with a .254 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored after the All-Star break.
More to come on MLB.com/Reds.com.
The Reds promoted Jim Riggleman to third base coach on the Major League team from his previous post as manager of Triple-A Louisville, it was announced on Monday.
Riggleman, 62, will be the only new addition to manager Bryan Price’s coaching staff. He replaced Steve Smith, who was not retained after one season with Cincinnati.
A former Major League manager with the Nationals (2009-11), Mariners (2008), Cubs (1995-99) and Padres (1992-94), Riggleman joined the Reds organization in 2012. He spent one season managing at Double-A Pensacola and the last two seasons at Louisville.
This will be Riggleman’s first full-time on-field job in the Majors since resigned from managing the Nationals in June, 2011 because of a contract dispute. He has been in uniform for the Reds in some September games the past two seasons as an extra coach after rosters expanded.
**UPDATE: I talked to Riggleman about his new job. Read the story by clicking here:
The annual general managers meetings get underway in Phoenix this week and although I will not be on the ground in Arizona, we will have several MLB.com reporters on the scene. The GM meetings are often a precursor for the Reds and Walt Jocketty to make deals. In the past, he’s commenced talks with a club or agent that have ultimately culminated in a transaction.
MLB.com’s Richard Justice focused on the Reds offseason issues in his piece and the big decisions that Jocketty is facing.
Click to read it here:
*Also, tonight at 6 p.m. ET — is the announcement on MLB.com of the first BBWAA awards winners — AL and NL Rookie of the Year. Of course, Billy Hamilton is a NL finalist. Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom seems to be the odds-on favorite but we’ll know for sure soon enough.
The Jake Elmore era was brief for the Reds. Elmore, who was part of some procedural moves this week that outrighted off the Reds 40-man roster only to be put back on, was claimed off of waivers on Friday by the Pirates.
It puts the Reds’ 40-man roster at 38 players for the moment.
A September call-up, Elmore was 2-for-11 in five games for the Reds. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting a combined .281 (75-for-267) at Louisville and Sacramento.
The Reds had claimed the 27-year-old off of waivers from the A’s on Aug. 2.
The latest accolades for 2014 achievement were presented on Thursday when Louisville Slugger announced its 2014 Silver Slugger Awards. No Reds were winners this year. I thought catcher Devin Mesoraco or third baseman Todd Frazier might have the best chance at one.
Were they shortchanged? Below are the numbers.
The Giants’ Buster Posey won the NL catcher Silver Slugger.
Posey: .311/.364/.490, 22 HR, 89 RBIs, 143 OPS+, 144 wRC+ in 147 games and 605 PA.
Mesoraco: .273/.359/.534, 25 HR, 80 RBIs, 149 OPS+,147 wRC+ in 114 games and 440 PA.
Anthony Rendon of the Nationals won the Silver Slugger for NL third basemen
Rendon: .287/.351/.473, 21 HR, 83 RBIs, 125 OPS+, 130 wRC+ in 153 games and 613 PA.
Frazier: .273/.336/.459, 29 HR, 80 RBIs, 123 OPS+, 122 wRC+ in 157 games and 660 PA.
Unlike the Gold Gloves and BBWAA awards, no finalists were named for the Silver Sluggers, so there are no voting results or sense of the consideration Frazier or Mesoraco might have received. Votes are cast by Major League coaches and managers, who consider a combination of offensive stats — including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage — as well as basic impressions of a player’s value at the plate. Those who cast a ballot may not vote for players on their own team.
I do wonder if Mesoraco’s two stints on the disabled list hurt his chances even if his injury-shortened season numbers were about as good as Posey’s. As for Frazier, he played 43 games at first base this season with Joey Votto out. It prevented him from racking up his numbers solely at third base. Again, I wonder how that might have hurt his chances at winning the award.
The Reds were shutout for Gold Gloves on Tuesday but they received some defensive honors on Wednesday. Their efforts on the field were recognized as Cincinnati was named the Wilson Defensive Team of the Year.
Individually, Reds rotation ace Johnny Cueto won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award for pitchers.
Established in 2012 as the only official defensive award recognized by Major League Baseball, the Wilson Sporting Goods Co., changed its format this year by giving an award to the nine best defensive players at each position among a combined pool of American League and National League candidates and one team award for each league. Previously, Wilson presented its award to one individually selected player for each team.
More details to come soon on MLB.com.
2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners
(P) Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
(C) Russell Martin – Pittsburgh Pirates
(1B) Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
(2B) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
(3B) Juan Uribe – Los Angeles Dodgers
(SS) Andrelton Simmons – Atlanta Braves
(LF) Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
(CF) Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
No Reds were winners of National League Gold Gloves on Tuesday. The leagues’ managers and coaches vote for the Gold Gloves, which is based on 75 percent of the votes while 25 percent is based on defensive metrics. Based on those metrics, it looks like the right winners got the awards here.
At 2B, Brandon Phillips lost out on a fifth career NL Gold Glove when the award went to D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies. Phillips committed only two errors and had a .996 fielding percentage but LeMahieu stood well above the rest at his position in the advanced stats with a 10.7 ultimate zone rating and 16 defense runs saved. Phillips had a 9.9 UZR and a 6 DRS. Chase Utley of the Phillies was the third finalist.
At SS, the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons bested Zack Cozart and the Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria. In the advanced stats, Simmons led the league at the position with a 28 DRS while Cozart was second with 19. Simmons had at 15.5 UZR that led the league while Cozart was second at 12.1. Cozart (10) had fewer errors than Simmons (14) and a better fielding percentage with .984 compared to Simmons’ .978.
At CF, Juan Lagares of the Mets won over Billy Hamilton and Denard Span of the Nationals. Lagares led the NL with a 28 DRS while Hamilton was second at 14. Hamilton had a better UZR at 20.1 to Lagares’ 18.6. Hamilton also led all NL center fielders with 10 assists and a .994 fielding percentage.
*Earlier on Tuesday, two Reds were named finalists for BBWAA awards. Johnny Cueto is up for the NL Cy Young Award and Hamilton is a candidate for NL Rookie of the Year.
For nostalgic Reds fans that recall road trips vs. the Expos, this news should be right in your wheelhouse. It was announced on Tuesday that the Blue Jays will host the Reds in a pair of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on April 3-4, 2015.
From MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, our Blue Jays beat writer:
Montreal blew away expectations in the spring by selling more than 96,000 tickets for the two games between Toronto and New York. Organizers are hopeful for a similar turnout next year, as the former home of the Expos attempts to prove there is a strong desire to see the return of Major League Baseball to the city. …
Montreal plans to honor Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Roberto Alomar, alongside longtime Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. Perez is one of the Reds’ all-time greats, and he was a key member of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, which won the World Series in 1975 and ’76 .
The Expos began in 1969 as an expansion club in the National League and remained until 2004 before a move to Washington to become the Nationals. The Reds were 70-72 all time in games played at Olympic Stadium and 28-20 at the Expos’ first home, Jarry Park.
As for the rest of the Reds Spring Training exhibition schedule in the Cactus League, that has yet to be announced.