>>Top Rookies Kick Off MLB Postseason Awards Week
(Undated) -- Major League Baseball will begin handing out its major postseason awards today. The Rookie of the Year in both the National and American League will be announced. The finalists in the Senior Circuit are Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. The American League finalists are White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu [[ ah-BRAY-oo ]], Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker and Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances [[ beh-TAN-sess ]]. Managers of the Year will be presented on Tuesday, with the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday and MVP winners on Thursday.
>>Mets' Wright Making Progress From Shoulder Injury
(Flushing, NY) -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright is making progress from a shoulder injury that cost him most of the final month of this past season. The 31-year-old was shut down in early September with left shoulder inflammation. Wright was later diagnosed with a rotator cuff contusion and the Mets said Friday an exam this week has shown "marked improvement." He hit just .269 with a career-low eight home runs and 63 RBI in 134 games this year.
>>Dodgers Add Gabe Kapler To Front Office
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Gabe Kapler is going from the broadcast studio to a major league front office. ESPN Los Angeles reports the Dodgers are adding the FOX Sports 1 analyst as the team's new farm director. Kapler has been with the network since it launched in August of 2013. He played 12 big league seasons for six different clubs, including the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
>>Perez, Longoria Joining MLB All-Star Tour Of Japan
(New York, NY) -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria are joining the final roster for Major League Baseball's tour of Japan. The MLB team will play a five-game series against a squad of Japanese League All-Stars, starting next week. Perez will be joined by three others from the pennant winning Royals - pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, shortstop Alcides Escobar and backup catcher Erik Kratz. Three players previously named to the squad won't participate, as Washington's Bryce Harper, Baltimore's Adam Jones and the Angels' Albert Pujols [[ POO-holes ]] all opted out of the series. Boston's John Farrell will manage the team, replacing Ron Washington. Washington was originally selected in August before resigning as manager of Texas in September.
The opening game will take place in Osaka on Wednesday before heading to Tokyo for three games next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The final game of the series will be in Sapporo on November 18th. Two exhibition games will bookend the series on November 11th and November 20th.