For years, the season-ending baseball awards were announced in press releases in November. This year, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, will announce its awards on the MLB Network.
On November 12, the Rookie of the Year Awards will be announced. The next night, it’s the Managers of the Year. On November 14, it’s the Cy Young Awards, and the next night, it’s Most Valuable Players.
All programs are an hour long and begin at 6 p.m.
Orioles fans will pay particular attention to the Nov. 13 program. Buck Showalter and Oakland’s Bob Melvin are the two favorites for the Manager of the Year Award. Showalter has won the award twice.
It’s possible that Wei-Yin Chen could pick up some votes in the Rookie of the Year Award, though the Angels’ Mike Trout is a lock to win it. Jim Johnson might also get some support for the Cy Young and Adam Jones should get some votes in the AL MVP.
It’s been a long time since an Oriole won a major award.
Davey Johnson was the last Oriole to win Manager of the Year Award in 1997. That announcement came on the same day as his departure. Cal Ripken won the MVP Award in 1991. Gregg Olson was 1989’s AL Rookie of the Year and Steve Stone was the last Cy Young Award winner in 1980.
The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.
For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.
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The Baltimore Orioles became the latest MLB team to have plans to extend the protective netting all the way to the outfield foul pole lines in the lower sections, according to reports.
This change appends the Orioles to a short list of Major League Baseball teams deciding to move in this direction, most notably, after the incident that occurred earlier this season in which Chicago Cubs' center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball in Houston that struck and injured a young child in the stands.
The young child suffered a suffered skull fracture and seizure.
“We are currently working with our experts and partners toward finalizing plans to extend the protective netting at both of our ballparks even further to each foul pole,” team spokesman Greg Bader told the Baltimore Sun on Friday. “In an effort to ensure we implement the right plan for those attending games at both venues, we are performing due diligence and will implement the plan our experts recommend as soon as possible."
The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced plans to extend their parks netting.
The new netting will be installed at Camden Yards and at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., spring training stadium “no later than the start of the 2020 season, if not at an earlier point in time,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Orioles extended the netting to a few sections beyond the dugout due to a growing number of baseball fans around the league being injured by balls and bats.
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