In something of an odd bit of timing, Rawlings and MLB chose to announce the 2020 Gold Glove winners during the coverage of the election for President. Unsurprisingly, the news was mostly drowned out by countless media outlets releasing polling news at the same time. The award for first base seems to be raising some eyebrows in both leagues. In the NL, Anthony Rizzo brought home more hardware, despite no longer being the defender he once was. Over in the AL, Seattle’s Evan White unseated Oakland’s Matt Olson for the award. Oh, and some guy named Betts won his fifth in a row.
That GG winning Betts guy seems to have had a good year. He is in line to become only the second player to win the MVP in both leagues, joining Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson. Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom is a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award. If deGrom wins the award, he will join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to win the award in three consecutive seasons.
MLB Trade Rumors has released their list of the top free agents for this season’s highly unpredictable free agent signing period.
The Ringer takes a very different approach to ranking this year’s free agents, though most of the same suspects can be found on both lists, just in different slots.
Brian “Bubba” Harkins is suing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for defamation of character after the Angels fired him on March 5th. Harkins was a visiting clubhouse attendant for the Angels’ organization. The Angels claim he was fired for providing visiting pitchers a tacky substance with which to doctor baseballs.