• null Baseball If baseball prognosticators are to be believed, it was only a matter of time before Kris 夜网论坛Bryant won his first of many Most Valuable Player awards.It came sooner rather than later Thursday, when the Cubs wunderkind was named National League MVP in his second major league season by near-unanimous decision. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager second and third, respectively. Murphy got the remaining first-place vote. MORE: Bryant, Murphy, Seager on SN's NL All-Star teamBryant, 24, built off his Rookie of the Year campaign in a big way, leading the NL with 7.7 wins above replacement and 121 runs scored while helping the Cubs end their infamous 108-year World Series drought. He also ranked in the top six in OPS (.939), home runs (39) and RBIs (102). MORE: Seager named SN's NL Rookie of the YearThe second-overall pick in the 2013 draft arrived in the majors in 2015 amid fanfare unlike any Cubs player since perhaps Sammy Sosa, whose 1998 MVP campaign is the last time the franchise claimed the award. And Bryant has made quick work in meeting the lofty expectations.MORE: Trout named AL MVPBryant is the fourth player to be named Rookie of the Year and MVP in back-to-back seasons. Cal[......]

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  • null null Baseball The Astros added much-needed veteran leadership Thursday, acquiring seven-time All Star Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees and signing free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick.Welcome to Houston, Brian! 🤘 pic.twitter.com/yvIEXk8Vaq— Houston Astros (@astros) November 17, 2016Houston was expected to bid to retain the services of free-agent catcher Jason Castro, who hit only .210 last season. McCann, 32, brings a veteran presence to a young team, as well as more offensive pop. He hit .242/.335/.413 last season, with 20 home runs in 429 at-bats. RIVERA: Yankees looking dangerousHe became expendable following the emergence of slugging sensation Gary Sanchez. In exchange, the Yankees received pitching prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Abreu, 21, rated by .com as the Astros No. 7 prospect, is a right-hander whose fastball reaches the upper 90s. Guzman, 20, is a right-hander who struck out 54 hitters in 40 innings and had a 4.05 ERA in the Appalachian League last season.MORE: Altuve named SN's Player of the YearESPN reported the Yankees are chipping in $11 million ($5.5 million per year) of the $34 million McCann will make ov[......]

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  • null null null Baseball Phillies fans showered rookie manager Gabe Kapler with boos Thursday in the team's home opener. One of Kapler's players voiced milder displeasure with the skipper after the game.Right fielder Nick Williams took issue with Kapler's commitment to analytics after not playing against Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith, and for starting just two of the team's first six games this season. "I guess the computers are making (the decision), I don't know,” the left-handed-hitting Williams told reporters after a 5-0 Phils victory, per Philly.com. “I don’t get any of it but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”MORE: Weather dampens Phillies-Mets Facebook broadcast That non-complaint complaint was a dig at Kapler's almost robotic tendency to play matchups, although Smith was the first left-handed starter to face the Phillies this season.Williams wa夜网论坛s proficient vs. lefties as a rookie last season: He produced a .274/.333/.405 slash line and two home runs in 93 plate appearances. The .738 OPS was 100 points lower than his OPS against right-handers, however, which Kapler has[......]

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