It's award season in the MLB and a new ceremony has joined in on the fun.
Sunday night, the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network, including awards for the best overall defensive team, the best defender in each league and the best defender on each individual team.
In a surprise to nobody, Darwin Barney was named the Cubs' best defensive player. Brandon Phillips may not have won the NL Gold Glove, but he was deemed the Reds' best defender. That's gotta count for something, right?
Four other second basemen joined Barney and Phillips on the list, including New York's Robinson Cano, Boston's Dustin Pedroia, Cleveland's Jason Kipnis and Arizona's Aaron Hill.
The Braves were voted the best defensive team, with centerfielder Michael Bourn coming in as the best overall player in the NL. Mike Trout won the same award for the NL.
David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.
The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.
OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet.
From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.
Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.