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    The qualifying is over. The six final nominees are..."Over the past week or so [url=http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/...orlando-arcia-jersey]Orlando Arcia Jersey[/url] , we have offered up thirty different plays for your consideration, in six different categories. There were player-specific ones for Nick Ahmed and Jarrod Dyson, plus those open to other players, covering the infield, outfield, home-runs and double-plays. The winner of each has moved on to the final selection, which are presented below. There’ll be a poll over the next two days, with the overall winner being announced on Friday. This choice promises to be challenging, simply because of the increased difficulty of comparing very different styles of plays. Feel free to explain your criteria and reasoning in the comments, am curious to see what you think...Dyson of the Year: 6/18, Dyson’s tremendous leaping grabThis proved to be a two-horse race, with his robbery of a former Diamondback just edging out, by a 43-37% margin, a not-dissimilar grab against another American League opponent earlier in the season [url=http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/...nathan-villar-jersey]Jonathan Villar Jersey[/url] , against the Astros in May. Perhaps the deciding factor was the reaction of the victim: Justin Upton clearly thought he had a grand-slam [J-Up’s shock is now available in GIF format, for future use...]. It was an amusing contrast to pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano, who demonstrated the archaic cliche of the “inscrutable Oriental” in action, acknowledging Dyson’s leap and snare with no more than the slightest inclination of his glove. Ahmed of the Year: 7/22, Ahmed’s superb play ends gameThis notched an overall majority of votes, at 56% getting twice as many as any other contender. The still-frame above perhaps highlights why. Ahmed launched himself at full extension, to snag a 95 mph screamer off the bat of Nolan Arenado, snagging the ball in the tip of his outstretched glove. Nick then got back to his feet, set himself and threw over to Paul Goldschmidt at first for the out, putting an exclamation point on the end of the D-backs’ 6-1 victory over the Rockies. Silvino Bracho’s reaction - crossing himself and pointing to the heavens - seemed a fitting tribute to the miraculous qualities of Ahmed’s Gold Glove caliber defense. Infield play of the year: 8/18, Goldschmidt’s heads-up DPFalling just short of a majority at 48%, I suppose this one perhaps could have been included in the category specifically devoted to double-plays. But those are more intended for collective efforts, and this one was all about Paul Goldschmidt - and in particular, his baseball smarts. For while this was perhaps the least athletic play Goldy had to make all year [url=http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/...-lorenzo-cain-jersey]http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey[/url] , it was the most demonstrative example of his quick thinking. It would have been easy and natural to the point of instinct to snare the popped-up bunt attempt for an out. But with the ball over near first-base, and the runner there forced to retreat, Paul’s lightning assessment allowed him instead to turn it into a twin killing and end the inning. Home-run of the year: 5/1, Walker crushes a solo HR to the second deckClose voting here, with three votes covering the top three. In the end, this edged out Chris Owing’s game-tying homer by a single ballot. Walker came to the majors with a rep as a power hitter, and there was no better demonstration of it than this, with an exit velocity of 114.4 mph and distance of 479 feet, providing an unexpected souvenir to Friday’s Front Row. It was the second-longest by a D-back since Statcast started tracking them in 2015, and all the more impressive because it came a) against Clayton Kershaw, and b) as a pinch-hitter. Said Walker, “To backspin a ball like that pull-side, it’s something special. It’s a unique feeling for me especially, but it’s always a good feeling when you hit a ball like that.”Outfield play of the year: 6/16 [url=http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/...houlys-chacin-jersey]Jhoulys Chacin Jersey[/url] , Owings cuts down Nimmo at the plate in 6thThe tightest category of all, requiring me to exercise my executive authority and apply a tie-breaking vote, after there was a tie between this and Steven Souza’s grab at the wall. In the end, I went with Chris Owing’s bare-handed pick-up and perfect throw from center-field, one-hopping impeccably for John Ryan Murphy to apply a tag on the runner at home-plate. Such was the closeness of the play, any slight imperfection in Owings’s execution would likely have led to a run scoring, especially as the ball landed on his glove-side and he had to run around it before being able to pick it up. It was all the more impressive, considering CO is not a “natural” CF, and the throw was far longer than any he’d have to make on the infield. Double-play of the Year: 7/25: Marte, Ahmed turn flashy DPOwings the outfielder almost achieved a second nomination in this category, his double-play combo with Goldschmidt getting a respectable 33% of votes. But it was beaten by the amazing slick pairing of Ahmed and Ketel Marte shown above, which garnered 43% of the selections here. It showcased perfectly how well our middle infielders were in sync, with Marte doing a backhand shovel pass towards Ahmed, in a perfect spot for Nick to barehand it out of the air and throw over to Goldschmidt. It was not particularly hard-hit [url=http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-wood-jersey]Alex Wood Jersey[/url] , and I’d have been happy if they’d simply got the force on the runner at second. But in the end, it turned out not even to be a particular close play at first. Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesThe Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielderAdeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcherMatt Seelinger, the team announcedMonday.Hechavarria, 29, is hitting .258/.289/.332 with three home runs, seven doubles and 26 RBI this season.However, the Pirates aren't likely bringingHechavarria aboard because of his bat.Rather, he's a quality defensive addition for a team that enters Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies ranked 13th among all National League clubs in fielding percentage (.982).To date, Hechavarria has tallied0.8defensive wins above replacement across 512.1 innings at shortstop. His four defensive runs saved also ranked tied for third among all qualified American League shortstops (minimum 400 innings played), according toFanGraphs.Seelinger, meanwhile, owns a 3.03 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 11 walks in 32.2 innings with Single-A West Virginia this season.Stats courtesy ofBaseball Referenceunless noted otherwise.
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The team that drafts you, you always want to pitch good against them.”Bote’s first career triple with two out in the first scored Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward. His fifth inning single scored Javier Baez.“It’s kind of just morphed in over the years,” said Bote, who is in his fifth stint with the Cubs this season after six-plus years in the minors. “The nerves are always there. The adrenalin’s there. Being able to use those emotions into a good avenue, being able to think ‘I’m going to attack this baseball’ or ‘I’m ready for this pitch.’ Put a positive spin on it and just executing.”Victor Caratini [url=http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/...chris-tillman-jersey]Chris Tillman Jersey[/url] , who led off the inning with a single, scored on Zobrist’s sacrifice fly. Zobrist left in the bottom of the inning with left hip tightness, but will likely play Wednesday.“That fifth inning just kind of snowballed on me,” losing pitcher Brad Keller said.Ian Happ’s sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Bote with the final run.Keller (4-5) was removed after six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks.“He kept us in the game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He made pitches and limited the damage when he needed to. I thought he was going to get out of the first inning scoreless, but he threw a slider that Bote hit off the wall in the right field for two runs.”The Royals had only one runner past second base, when Adalberto Mondesi swiped third in the seventh.“We just couldn’t do anything against Montgomery,” Yost said. “He did a nice job of mixing up his pitches. He was ahead in the count for the most part and did a good job of keeping us off balance.”The Royals have lost six straight and are 14-43 since May 30. 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Atlanta’s magic number is eight to win its first NL East title in five years. But the Braves have been struggling at home, where they have lost eight of 11 and are 38-36 overall. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said third baseman Johan Camargo should be back in the lineup after missing four games with left groin tightness.SILENT STICKSLeading the NL Central by 2½ games over Milwaukee, the Cubs hope to get their slumping bats going when they face left-hander Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.05 ERA) in Arizona. Chasing its third consecutive division championship, Chicago scored only five runs in a three-game home series against last-place Cincinnati over the weekend. The Cubs have totaled 15 runs in their past seven games. “We have to do better than one run somehow [url=http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/...tarlin-castro-jersey]Starlin Castro Jersey[/url] ,” manager Joe Maddon said. 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BOSTON (AP) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin will sit out the rest of the season because of a bacterial infection.Manager Terry Francona revealed the news Wednesday before Cleveland’s game against the Boston Red Sox.The 30-year-old Cuban player became ill following a game Aug. 8. Doctors determined he had the life-threatening bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.“The news is really good, he is doing fantastic, but he not going to play baseball this year,” Francona said [url=http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/...ose-fernandez-jersey]http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey[/url] , adding that the players were updated about his health during a brief meeting. “Overall, he has done so well. We’re so thrilled that he’s OK.”Martin was released from the hospital Sunday.The club said he was rechecked by doctors Wednesday in Cleveland.“All testing and imaging shows that Leonys’ body continues to recover and while his prognosis remains positive for a full recovery, doctors feel that Leonys’ heart and other organs will require an additional one to two months to allow for this to happen,” they said in the update.Also Wednesday, the club activated slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a right wrist contusion. Encarnacion homered in his first at-bat against left-hander Brian Johnson.He was expected to return Thursday, but they placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the 10-day DL with a non-baseball-related, not-life-threatening medical condition. The move is retroactive to Monday.Davis is scheduled to have outpatient surgery Monday and is expected to rejoin the club when rosters are expanded on Sept. 1.Martin was acquired from Detroit on July 31 to added depth to the outfield and appeared in six games.Francona said he hoped to come back, but doctors decided it was best for him to rest.“I think he wanted to play [url=http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/...-martin-prado-jersey]Martin Prado Jersey[/url] , but I think the doctors thought with what happened, he needs some time to let his body heal and we fully support that,” Francona said. “Even though we miss him a lot, it’s the right thing to do.”Francona said Martin’s expected to have some more doctor appointments in Cleveland next week.The club has gotten a boost by the play of rookie Greg Allen in center field in the first two games of a scheduled four-game series between two of the AL’s division leaders at Fenway Park.Allen hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning of Monday’s win and had a nice running catch before diving to the ground. In Tuesday’s victory, he made a pair of stellar catches; the second thwarted Boston’s rally.“It’s been fun to watch him develop in the middle of pennant race,” Francona said.
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Again, there’s no crystal ball, and we know that. We know there’s some risk there, but it’s got a chance to make us better.”Francona met with the team’s medical staff Saturday and received a positive report on Donaldson. He’s confident there’s time left in the season for him to get ready.Francona did not want to discuss any of the team’s plans over the next few weeks with Donaldson before talking to him personally.In the deal, the Indians also received $2.7 million to cover most of the $3.7 million remaining on Donaldson’s $23 million salary. Because he was traded, he will be a free agent after the season and the Blue Jays will not receive any other compensation.It was a low-risk, high-reward trade by the Indians, who made a similar move last season by getting slugger Jay Bruce from the New York Mets for the postseason.And while Donaldson’s bat could make the Indians’ lineup deeper [url=http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-ian-happ-jersey]http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey[/url] , he’s also causing an infield shift.When he’s ready, Donaldson will play third with the Indians moving All-Star Jose Ramirez to second and pushing Jason Kipnis into the outfield.Francona met with Ramirez and Kipnis to make sure everyone was on the same page. Francona previously said he was reluctant to move Ramirez, who came up as a middle infielder.“His concern was going back and forth, so I told him we wouldn’t do that,” Francona said. “I talked to Kip and we knew this would affect Kip more than anybody, and I don’t think he was jumping for joy and I don’t think we expected him to.”Francona said Kipnis will soon begin taking fly balls in the outfield, and it’s possible he could move around while Donaldson gets ready.Francona told Kipnis that Cleveland owner Paul Dolan and the front office extended themselves to get Donaldson and everyone had to do their parts.“I explained to him, ‘You know our owner went and did this and I have to do my job, too, so you gotta be the best option,’ ” Francona said. “I don’t think it’s fun to hear that, but Kip’s a pretty good competitor, so we’ll see how it goes.”It’s an awkward situation, but Francona believes Donaldson will be welcomed by his new teammates.“Guys aren’t new for very long,” he said. “It’s amazing in this game, when you put your uniform on and you compete with your teammates, they become your teammates real quick, especially with that group.”
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