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We’re almost at award season in baseball and one of the most prestigious awards an MLB player can win is the Rawlings Gold Glove. Today, Rawlings took to Twitter to announce the finalists for this year’s Gold Gloves. The winners will be announced November 4th on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. Let’s get to the nominees where we’ll see some familiar names and some new ones as well.
||American League Finalists
||National League Finalists
||Mark Buehrle (Toronto Blue Jays), Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners), Dallas Keuchel (Houston Astros)
||Zack Greinke (Los Angeles Dodgers), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals)
||Alex Avila (Detroit Tigers), Yan Gomes (Cleveland Indians), Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals)
||Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee Brewers), Russell Martin (Pittsburgh Pirates), Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals)
||Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals), Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels
||Adrian Gonzalez (Los Angeles Dodgers), Adam LaRoche (Washington Nationals), Justin Morneau (Colorado Rockies)
||Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners), Ian Kinsler (Detroit Tigers), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox)
||D.J. LeMahieu (Colorado Rockies), Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati Reds), Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies)
||Josh Donaldson (Oakland Athletics), Adrian Beltre (Texas Rangers), Kyle Seager (Seattle Mariners)
||Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants), Juan Uribe (Los Angeles Dodgers)
||J.J. Hardy (Baltimore Orioles), Alcides Escobar (Kansas City Royals), Alexei Ramirez (Chicago White Sox)
||Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Reds), Adeiny Hechavarria (Miami Marlins), Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves)
||Michael Brantley (Cleveland Indians), Yoenis Cespedes (Boston Red Sox), Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals)
||Starling Marte (Pittsburgh Pirates), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves), Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins)
||Jackie Bradley Jr. (Boston Red Sox), Adam Eaton (Chicago White Sox), Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)
||Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati Reds), Juan Lagares (New York Mets), Denard Span (Washington Nationals)
||Kole Calhoun (Los Angeles Angels), Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays), Nick Markakis (Baltimore Orioles)
||Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves), Gerardo Parra (Arizona Diamondbacks), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)
We only had 3 games in the NHL last night, but as always we’ve got you covered in the morning skate. Grab your Honey Nut Cheerios and catch up on last night’s goal, fight and player of the night.
GOAL OF THE NIGHT!!!
Philly’s Matt Read uses an awesome deke to score on Pittsburgh.
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT!!!
Washington’s Liam O’Brien vs. Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks
Not much to say here besides O’Brien gets his butt handed to him.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT!!!
Anaheim’s Corey Perry
Perry notched his second hat trick of the season and the season is two weeks old. This performance put him in a tie with Rick Nash of the Rangers for most goals scored in the NHL this season. Just change his name to Scorey Perry already.
We had a big ol’ night of hockey on Tuesday night with a 10 game slate. Let’s take a look at the best Goal, Hit, Fight and Player of last night’s game!
GOAL OF THE NIGHT!!!
Dennis Wideman’s piece of art.
To be completely fair, Johnny Gaudreau was a really big reason this goal was so beautiful. He made the Lightining defense look awful there to set up Wideman for the score. The skill here is top notch.
HIT OF THE NIGHT!!!
Tommy Wingels’ Big Hit on Zdeno Chara
I’m pretty sure the phrase “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” works here right? Chara tried to catch Wingels sleeping and paid for his efforts with a quick trip to the ice.
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT!!!
Florida’s Derek MacKenzie vs. Colorado’s Marc-Andre Cliche
Meh, the fight was a draw. Both guys had bad intentions though, neither could get the spot they wanted though.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT!!!
New York Rangers Defenseman Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein doesn’t score often, but when he does he makes sure that they count. Props to Chris Kreider on the lovely setup on this OT game-winner as well
First thing’s first, Paul George’s dog plays some pretty good defense. I guess you could say that he was HOUNDING him on defense. Was that a bad pun? In all seriousness though, this dog was super excited to play some basketball. It’s also awesome to see PG in good spirits as he rehabs from a pretty serious broken leg he suffered this summer while playing on Team USA.
The Boston Red Sox may be sitting out of the World Series this year but it still hasn’t ruined the spirit of David Ortiz. Ortiz surprised some military families with tickets to tonight’s Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City. The veterans will be honored during the seventh inning of tonight’s game.
Baseball seasons are long. Teams go on slumps, they’ll either figure out how to break out of it or it’ll sink their season. The Royals slumped around the All-Star break and it could’ve sank their season. Luckily for them, they stopped playing the video “Clash of Clans” and they were able to break out of it. Wait, what?
Courtesy of the Kansas City Star
One day early in the season, reserve Jarrod Dyson introduced Lorenzo Cain to “Clash of Clans.” Cain indulges in video games throughout the offseason. When he was drafted in the 17th round of the 2004 draft, he barely paused his game of “Madden NFL” to take a call from the Brewers. In “Clash of Clans,” he found a new channel for his interest.
The game resembles the classic PC version of “Warcraft,” as gamers build a community and wage animated war. During the summer, the iPad activity became part of the daily routine for Royals such as Cain, Dyson and Danny Valencia. Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer also took part on occasion. The game’s verbiage entered the clubhouse lexicon, as players debated the relative merits of their clans and beseeched each other for orders of goblins and witches.
After one loss…
When Kuntz walked inside the room, he saw a scene that had become all too familiar in recent weeks: a collection of Royals with their heads down, eyes locked on their iPads. The game was called “Clash of Clans,” and for a period of time this summer, its excessive usage by members of this club exasperated the coaching staff.
“At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing,” said Kuntz, the team’s first-base coach. He added, “You just got to a point where you go, ‘What’s the priority here? Is this just three hours out of your time, spent away from what you’re actually being interested in?”
Royals manager Ned Yost then held a closed-door meeting, and Kuntz told his outfielders to cool it on the video games. Bench coach Dale Sveum suggested watching tape and then just like that the Kansas City Royals went back to their winning ways.
Just like that baseball teams, don’t play video games. You’ll make the World Series. That’s how it works right?