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MadFriars’ Player of the Year: Fernando Tatis, Jr.

At the end of April, Fernando Tatis, Jr. – the consensus top prospect in the San Diego Padres’ organization – was batting.177, had an on-base percentage of .231 and had struck out 34 times in his first 102 plate appearances in Double-A San Antonio. Many thought the Padres had pushed the 19-year old Dominican shortstop too far and too fast ...

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World Series MVP Pearce stays with Red Sox for $6.25M

BOSTON (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox. The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday. The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got from Toronto in December 2016. He earned an additional $150,000 bonus for his selection ...

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Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich wins NL MVP Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he’s won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. “I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I’ve kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun,” ...

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With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team’s chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan won the six-game exhibition series 5-1 against an MLB squad featuring National League Rookie of the Year Ronald ...

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