Rookie of the Year? Duh! 

We all had our thoughts on Kris Bryant this season. And it’s safe to say that we all thought he would win the NL Rookie of the Year, which he did. Bryant played in every game this year beside 11, eight of those came before he was called up to the Majors. He had an outstanding rookie season, hitting a .275 with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs.
Sporting News has been polling players since 1946 and this year 167 players thought Kris Bryant was the most deserving. He received 75 percent of all the votes.

Fellow teammate Kyle Schwarber only received 3 votes, putting him in fifth place. Bryant broke Hall of Famer Billy Williams rookie home run record with 26. Bryant also played all over the diamond this year, he spent some time in the outfield and even at first base. He was a joy to watch this season. The real MLB Rookie of the Year Award winner will announced on November 16th.

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Around The League News

It’s been a busy week in the Major League this week! First off the World Series has officially gotten underway. The first two games were in Kansas City, where the Royals took on the Mets. Game 1 was the longest first game of the World Series it went 14 innings where to Royals final beat the Mets 5-4. Also during that game, Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. 1493207430914595982Game 2 was no different for the Royals. They had a huge fifth inning, scoring four runs. They added another three runs in the 8th inning. Johnny Cueto kept the Mets in check. He allowed only 1 run on 2 hits and even completed the game. Game 3 will be in New York on Friday night.


Taking a step away from the World Series, the manger hunt for the Miami Marlins has finally came to an end. The franchise announced that they have hired former LA Dodgers skipper, Don Mattingly. It’s a reported four year deal and an official announcement will most likely happen after the World Series. Mattingly is the Marlins’ eighth manager since 2010 and the 15th since 1993, when the franchise began.


The finalist for the Gold Glove Award’s have been named. Here is the list of all the American League Players:

Pitcher: Mark Buehrle (Blue Jays), Sonny Gray (A’s), Dallas Keuchel (Astros)
Catcher: Jason Castro (Astros), Russell Martin (Blue Jays), Salvador Perez (Royals)
1st Base: Eric Hosmer (Royals), Mike Napoli (Rangers), Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
2nd Base: Jose Altuve (Astros), Brian Dozier (Twins), Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
3rd Base: Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Evan Longoria (Rays), Manny Machado (Orioles)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Alcides Escobar (Royals), Didi Gregorius (Yankees)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets), Brett Gardner (Yankees), Alex Gordon (Royals)
CF: Kevin Kiermaier (Rays), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays), Mike Trout (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels), J.D. Martinez (Tigers), Josh Reddick (A’s)

For the National League Players they are as followed:

Pitcher: Jake Arrieta (Cubs), Gerrit Cole (Pirates), Zack Greinke (Dodgers)
Catcher: Yadier Molina (Cards), Buster Posey (SFG), Wilson Ramos (Nats)
1st Base: Brandon Belt (SFG), Paul Goldschmidt (ARI), Adrian Gonzalez (LA)
2nd Base: Dee Gordon (MIA), DJ LeMahieu (Rockies), Brandon Phillips (Reds)
3rd Base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies), Matt Duffy (SFG), Todd Frazier (Reds)
SS: Brandon Crawford (SFG), Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA), Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
LF: Starling Marte (Pirates), Justin Upton (Padres), Christian Yelich (MIA)
CF: Billy Hamilton (Reds), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), A.J. Pollock (ARI)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets), Bryce Harper (Nats), Jason Heyward (Cards)

The winners will be announced November 10th at 7pm on ESPN.


Daniel Norris of the Detorit Tigers is finally cancer free! Norris took to Instagram to make the announcement, saying, “I just want to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers,” Norris posted. “Surgery was successful and I am Cancer Free.” Norris had an outstanding year with the Tigers. He pitched well and he also is the first ever American League pitcher to hit a home run at Wrigley Field during an Interleague game against the Cubs in August.

The team expects Norris to be with the them at the start of Spring Training.

Congratulations, Daniel on beating cancer!

Offseason Blues 

The 2015 season is one to remember for years to come. Almost every piece of the puzzle came into place. Yes there are a few pieces that are still missing but this year was a huge success. The players on this team took to Twitter to express their thanks and thoughts on the season:

  
  
  
  

As fans of the game, we are sad to see our team not playing in the World Series. We know that with all the hard work and dedication in the offseason, adding some starting pitching, and keeping the same mindset as this season, the Chicago Cubs are going to be the team to beat for many years to come.

 

Holy Cow! 

Hearts are heavy with last nights loss but heads are held high. For this season is an indicator for years to come. This 2015 Chicago Cubs team exceeded our expectations of the season. With Joe Maddon leaving Tampa Bay to come here. Jon Lester signing a 6 year deal. All the rookies, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, and Jorge Soler all had an amazing season. Anthony Rizzo took on the captain role, which he succeeded at. Of course the emergence of Jake Arrieta as an elite pitcher was a sight to see. The Cubs are 1 year ahead of schedule and no one would have thought that this was going to be the outcome of the season. The Cubs are one starting pitcher away to being the team to beat for many years to come. Remember this 2015 Chicago Cubs team. They will be talked about for years to come. Thank you Chicago Cubs, this season has been truly amazing for us fans.

NLCS Game 4 Recap 

Cubs looking to avoid being swept by the Mets. The first inning was all Mets, Lucas Duda hit a 3 run home run (420 feet). Then Travis d’Arnaud hit a home run to right field (402 feet). Jason Hammel was pulled after four outs. Going into the second inning Duda doubled and that scored Wright and Murphy to make the score 6-0. In the 4th inning, Kyle Schwarber grounded out that scored Soler. Moving to the 8th inning, Daniel Murphy hit yet another home run (415 feet). That brought in Wright, 8-1 the score. In the bottom of the 8th inning Rookie of The Year hopeful, Kris Bryant hit a towering 2 home run (421 feet) to make it 8-3. The Mets go on to win a World Series berth for the first time in 15 years.

NLCS Game 3 Recap

Cubs were looking to bounce back after a shaky start to the NLCS with back to back road losses against the Mets. Céspedes doubled in the 1st which scored Wright. The young gun Kyle Schwarber decided to break some home run records by hitting his 5th one of the postseason(374 feet) before turning 23. He joins an elite list which includes; Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Bryce Harper. Daniel Murphy continued his home run tear by hitting one to center (419 feet). That made it 2-1, until Jorge Soler hit a monster home run to center (424 feet). Céspedes was the offense the rest of the way, scoring on a drop third strike wild pitch and hitting an RBI single, 4-2. Lucas Duda grounded out which would score Murphy making it 5-2. The Cubs have to win tonight to stay alive. The game starts at 7:07 on TBS. Mets lead the series 3-0.

NLCS Game 2 Recap 

Cubs were looking to split the series against the Mets, didn’t happen. Mets scored first. David Wright doubled to score Curtis Granderson in the first inning. Right after that Daniel Murphy hit a two run shot to right field (352 feet). Yoenis Céspedes hit an infield single to score Granderson in the third inning to make it 4-0. Cubs looked to get their offense going, Kris Bryant doubled to deep left field which would score Dexter Fowler. Cubs lose Game 2, 4-1.They have an off day tomorrow and will be home for Game 3-5. Game 3 is at 7:07 PM on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.  IMG_2293