In his first full season at the helm, Mike Shildt led St. Louis to the National League Central crown, and on Tuesday, he was named the league's manager of the year, edging Milwaukee's Craig Counsell.
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St. Louis needs more pop despite adding Paul Goldschmidt, Chicago gets a new direction with David Ross and Milwaukee needs to bolster its rotation.
Here's what you need to know as baseball's best performers of the season are honored, including analysis of the results.
Will late injuries cost Mike Trout and Christian Yelich an MVP? Which Astros pitcher will win the Cy Young? Awards season is here.
The Brewers star's overlooked talent and the value of the shift are part of the next-level fun in the annual analytics manual.
Jeff Passan ESPN
A hot name in the relief market: Drew Pomeranz. After the Brewers dealt for him and moved him full-time to the bullpen, he was incredible: 26.1 IP, 45 Ks, 2.39 ERA. With a paucity of left-handed relievers available, he's going to get a multiyear deal at a strong AAV.
Sorry, Detroit: Your team follows in the footsteps of other recent biggest losers. Where did every other club fall?
Milwaukee closer Josh Hader and Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias made the list of 23 "Super 2s" who are eligible for salary arbitration, while the Marlins' Jarlin Garcia and Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver just missed.
The Brewers traded right-hander Chase Anderson to the Blue Jays and declined the 2020 option of slugger Eric Thames on Monday.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The HoF announced Mon. that 9 former players and pioneering union leader Marvin Miller are on its "Modern Baseball Era" (1970-87) ballot to be voted on 12/8 by a 16-member committee. Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker are the players. 75% of votes are required for election.
Nolan Arenado is among those who extended impressive streaks as baseball's award season got underway.
Rockies star Nolan Arenado won his seventh straight Gold Glove Award on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of fourth place among third basemen. The Diamondbacks had four Gold Glove winners on their team this season.
Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal declined their mutual options with the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming free agents.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The 8 finalists for the HoF's 2020 Ford Frick excellence in baseball broadcasting award were announced Friday - Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Tom Hamilton, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin, Mike Shannon & Dewayne Staats. More than 200 broadcasters were eligible for the award, to be announced Dec. 11 (awarded this & every 3rd year to team-specific announcers — the other 2 years' winners are "national voices" & "broadcast beginnings" historic figures).
After a stunning World Series title, Washington faces some uncertainty this offseason. Will the Nats be No. 1 again or will the Astros or Dodgers take their place?
Hader won the National League award, which is named for Trevor Hoffman, for the second straight season, and Chapman earned the American League award, named for Mariano Rivera.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
Caught up with Brewers star Christian Yelich after today's photo session for the Hank Aaron Award. He says his recovery from his fractured kneecap is going very well and he expects to be a full go by the start of spring training. Good news.
The Angels' Mike Trout and the Brewers' Christian Yelich, who both missed most of the stretch run because of injuries, were honored with the Hank Aaron Award for outstanding offensive performance this season.
MLB teams looking to avoid unwanted affiliations, bad venues and poor facilities could be driving the agenda, but how would it work?
On the field and in the stands, how players and others react to MLB's newly juiceless baseballs off the bat tells a story.
October can be a cold, cruel month. Just ask Milwaukee's rookie right fielder and the others who have slipped up at the worst times.
NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich, who suffered a broken right kneecap Sept. 10, says the Brewers can hold their heads high despite a stunning collapse in the NL wild-card game.
A top reliever melts down, a young star emerges and one team moves on. With that, Buster welcomes Dave Schoenfield to break down the wild NL Wild Card game that was (11:05). Then, ESPN's Matt Vasgersian talks about the crazy atmosphere expected for tonight's AL Wild Card (27:11) and Susan Sussman of the San Fransisco Chronicle (34:53) and Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times (39:20) preview tonight's A's/Rays showdown. Plus, "Hembo Knows" (43:50).
William Weinbaum ESPN
The Phillies announced plans Tuesday to extend safety netting for 2020, becoming the 13th MLB team to commit to or put in extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. The Astros, Braves, Chisox, Dodgers, Nats & O's have installed extensions & the Brewers, D-backs, Jays, Pirates, Rangers & Royals said they plan to. Some teams say they're considering extensions and the Marlins had extended theirs to 150 feet past each dugout before the 2019 season.