Infographic: Who was the AL MVP on each day of the 2017 season?

Here’s an interesting infographic released by MLB.com.  We know now that the season MVP award winner for the American League was Jose Altuve (while Giancarlo Stanton won the National League honor).  But as we know, in the world of baseball, it is difficult to remain the best of the best consistently over the course of the 162-game season (or more, if your team gets into the post-season).  Here’s MLB.com’s take on who the AL MVP actually was on each individual day of the season.

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2017 Gold Glove highlights

The MLB released this collection of highlights featuring the year’s Gold Glove winners at each position.  It’s a bit long, but if you like awesome fielding plays and can spare the time, it’s definitely worth the watch.

 

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This day in baseball: Chesbro’s 41 wins

Jack Chesbro of the Highlanders recorded his 41st win of the season on October 7, 1904 when he defeated Boston, 3-2.  Chesbro’s 41 wins are the most in a single season by a pitcher in “modern era” major league baseball (the modern era defined as having begun in 1901).

 

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Chesbro, 1909 (Tacoma Times)

 


The end of the regular season

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the 2017 MLB regular season.  Today, there is no baseball.  Tomorrow, October 3rd, the Twins will be in New York to take on the Yankees for the American League Wild Card.  Then on Wednesday, October 4th, the Rockies are headed to Arizona to compete with the Diamondbacks for the National League Wild Card.

The postseason has begun.

For my team, the Kansas City Royals, there is no postseason this year.  And with the futures of players such as Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer now up in the air, things are definitely changing.

 

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Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas (Instagram: kcroyals)

Ned Yost has agreed to return for one more year, and mainstay Alex Gordon is signed for a few more years, but Royals fans are in agreement: we are at the end of an era.

I just hope we aren’t staring down the barrel of another 30-year stretch of “rebuilding.”

 

 


The Freeze | Nigel Talton

As a runner and a baseball fan, I found this story from Runner’s World particularly entertaining.  Atlanta Braves mascot, The Freeze, is actually 26-year-old Nigel Talton of the stadium grounds crew, and he is mind-bogglingly fast.  He’s so fast, in fact, that he nearly qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials.  That didn’t pan out, however, so to earn a living, Talton becomes The Freeze at Braves home games.

Braves fans who take on the Beat the Freeze challenge rarely are successful, even in spite of the ridiculous head start they are granted in each race.

Here’s an interview he did with ESPN a few months back.  You can’t help but keep your fingers crossed for his running career.  They bring up a good point — he’d make a heckuva pinch runner.


I’ve gotten faster in my own running, but I wouldn’t stand a chance against this guy.  You can find the Runner’s World story here.

 


Infographic: MLB ticket prices by day of the week

I had considered treating myself to the Royals-Twins game this past Saturday — at least, up until I checked to see the price of tickets for that night’s game.  The chart below demonstrates my decision to stay in, rather than drive out to the ballpark.  By the time you factor in parking and food, a fan ends up relinquishing a good part of their paycheck to attend a Saturday ballgame.

This chart was actually created in 2010, but I’m sure we can all agree it’s still a pretty accurate depiction of trends in ticket prices today.

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Chad Burgress (seatgeek.com)