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A's OF Piscotty wins Tony Conigliaro Award

Fri, 2018-12-14 11:29

Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty was named winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award on Friday after dealing the adversity of his mother's death during the 2018 season. Piscotty's mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS in May 2017 and passed away the following May. The Conigliaro Award is given to a "major leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C," according to a press release from the Boston Red Sox. Piscotty, 27, was selected by an 18-person committee consisting of media members, MLB executives, Red Sox officials, fan representatives and Conigliaro brothers Richie and Billy.

MLB notebook: Encarnacion, Santana highlight 3-team deal

Thu, 2018-12-13 18:23

The Cleveland Indians traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Santana on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that also included the Tampa Bay Rays. Santana, 32, was traded for the second time in a span of 10 days. The Mariners acquired the first baseman as part of a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for shortstop Jean Segura on Dec. 3.

Report: Kyler Murray getting draft grade from College Advisory Committee

Thu, 2018-12-13 13:26

There have been mixed messages about whether Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray will try for an NFL career or if he will stick with baseball after being drafted in the first round by Oakland A’s. A lot goes into such a decision and it seems Murray is doing his homework. Karyn Kahler of SI.com reports that the University of Oklahoma submitted Murray’s name to the College Advisory Committee for a draft evaluation.

Kyler Murray, the NFL Is Expecting You

Thu, 2018-12-13 08:50

Around this time of year, college football programs submit names of underclassmen to the College Advisory Committee, a panel of senior personnel evaluators from NFL teams and directors from the league’s two scouting organizations. The CAC provides feedback for players considering leaving school early for the draft, giving each player one of three grades: Potential first rounder, potential second rounder or a suggestion to go back to school. Recently, one evaluator was scanning the CAC’s list for the 2019 draft when a name caught his eye: Kyler Murray.

Sources: Jeurys Familia agrees to 3-year deal with New York Mets

Thu, 2018-12-13 00:14

Free-agent reliever Jeurys Familia has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the New York Mets, sources familiar with the deal tell Yahoo Sports. Familia returns to the team that signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007 after New York traded the former closer to the Oakland A’s prior to July’s trade deadline for two minor leaguers. Piece by piece, the Mets are putting together a contender as Familia potentially serving as the setup man for recently acquired closer Edwin Diaz is as good a back end of the bullpen as there is in the National League East at the moment.

A's sign veteran catcher Herrmann to 1-year contract

Tue, 2018-12-11 18:50

The Oakland Athletics have signed veteran catcher Chris Herrmann to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Herrmann, 31, is expected to compete with returning catcher Josh Phegley in a backup role, although the team has not acquired a starter. Last year's primary catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, is a free agent.

Heisman winner Murray thrills A's, except when he scrambles

Tue, 2018-12-11 18:27

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma has made himself many new fans in the A's organization - except when he dashes from the pocket. ''We are big Oklahoma fans right now, for sure. The Athletics are counting on Murray wearing an Oakland jersey in a few months at spring training, sharpening his skills as an outfielder.

Done Deals: A's sign veteran catcher Chris Herrmann

Tue, 2018-12-11 14:30

This is Yahoo Sports’ running list of trades and signings that happen during baseball’s Winter Meetings. We’ll update this post as news happens. TUESDAY Catcher Chris Herrmann joins A’s on one-year deal Baseball scribe Jerry Crasnick reports that the Oakland Athletics have inked catcher Chris Herrmann.

Smith, Baines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sun, 2018-12-09 18:26

Relief pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines and were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday by the entity's Today's Game Era Committee. Smith, a seven-time All-Star, was named on all 16 ballots. Baines, a six-time All-Star, was named on 12 of 16 ballots, meeting the 75 percent required for induction.

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

Sun, 2018-12-09 10:45

Newly minted Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is apologizing for anti-gay tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago, when he was 14 and 15. The Oklahoma quarterback tweeted : "I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. The tweets have since been deleted from the account of the 21-year-old Murray, who won college football's most prestigious individual award Saturday night over Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.

Twitter reacts to Kyler Murray winning the Heisman Trophy

Sat, 2018-12-08 20:30

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday after putting up a truly

MLB notebook: Red Sox sign RHP Eovaldi

Thu, 2018-12-06 17:29

The Red Sox have signed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract that brings the free agent right-hander back to Boston, the team announced Thursday. The New York Yankees reportedly were interested in Eovaldi but did not want to go past three years on a deal. "We're very happy to have Nathan back with us," Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a news release.

Could Kyler Murray be re-thinking his decision to drop football for an MLB career?

Tue, 2018-12-04 22:47

Kyler Murray has definitely been enjoying himself at Oklahoma this season. Murray currently leads the country with a 205.7 passer rating and 51 combined touchdowns between his 40 through the air and 11 on the ground. The former five-star quarterback has been setting records, pulling the Sooners back into the College Football Playoff and arguably become the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy in a dream season.

College football notebook: Meyer plans to return to Ohio State

Mon, 2018-11-26 18:21

Urban Meyer plans to be back as head coach of Ohio State next season, he said Monday during a news conference. "I plan to coach," Meyer said, swiftly shifting the conversation to the Buckeyes' Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday against Northwestern. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's chief clinical officer Dr. Andrew Thomas said last month the 54-year-old Meyer has experienced symptoms related to an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst over the last four years.

How did J.D. Martinez lose Most Outstanding DH award to Khris Davis?

Tue, 2018-11-20 11:59

How did J.D. Martinez lose Most Outstanding DH award to Khris Davis? originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.comIf you go by the offensive numbers, Tuesday's announcement is a bit of a head-scratcher.Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis -- not

A's award-winning run this offseason 'really special' to organization

Sat, 2018-11-17 10:47

A's award-winning run this offseason 'really special' to organization originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.comThe hardware just keeps rolling in for the Oakland A's.Just look at the list of awards the A's have claimed over the past two weeks:• AL Manager

Former MLB GM perplexed Red Sox' Alex Cora didn't win AL Manager of the Year

Thu, 2018-11-15 13:55

Alex Cora helped the Boston Red Sox win 108 games and beat three of the best teams in baseball during the postseason to claim the franchise's fourth World Series title of the 21st century. It was as good of a season a manager could have, and even more impressive was the fact it was his first season as Red Sox manager.

Melvin, Snitker win manager of the year awards

Tue, 2018-11-13 16:45

Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves have been named the 2018 managers of the year. Baseball Writers' Association of America voters gave Snitker 17 first-, nine second- and four third-place votes for a total of 116 points to win the National League. Melvin received 18 first-, 10 second- and one third-place vote to earn 121 points to win the American League.

Bob Melvin of the A's wins Manager of the Year after surprising 2018 season

Tue, 2018-11-13 15:51

If we told you in April what Bob Melvin and the Oakland Athletics would do during the 2018 season, you wouldn’t have believed it. Melvin received 18 of the 30 first-place votes for the 2018 award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday as part of MLB awards week. Boston Red Sox skipper Alex Cora finished second with seven first-place votes and 11 second-place votes.

Manager of the Year 2018: Sizing up the finalists and making our picks

Mon, 2018-11-12 10:14

Awards week is upon us, which for the 24 finalists over four different categories means a career-changing honor could be hours or days away. Youth will be served Monday night with the announcement of MLB’s top rookies from the American and National League. Half of this year’s finalists have been at the forefront of that movement, which shows progressive thinking is definitely working in some cases. This year’s group of finalists includes a pair of former winners in Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies.