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MLB Renames WS MVP Award for Willie Mays

By Chandler Guadagnin

On Friday Morning, Major League Baseball announced that effective immediately, the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy will be renamed, the Willie Mays Most Valuable Player, for the Giants great.

MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:

“Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport. Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willy has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the national pastime.”

The World Series MVP Award was first handed out in 1955.

In a career that spanned 22 years (1951-1973), the Hall of Famer, Mays, amassed 3,283 hits-523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 homeruns. In addition, Willie tallied 1903 RBIs and posted a slash line of .302/.384/.557.

Willie Mays’ Career accomplishments include:

  • 1954 World Series Championship with Giants
  • 1954 Rookie of the Year Award
  • 20 time All-Star starter (19 straight selections; 24 selections overall)
  • 12 straight Gold Glove Awards
  • 2 time NL MVP Award

The San Francisco Giants retired Willie Mays’ number 24 in 1972.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.mlb.com

MLB Commissioner Statement courtesy of: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256686298/world-series-mvp-award-renamed-for-willie-mays/

 

CBA Finished, WS Format Altered

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs won 103 games in 2016; however, they did not host last year’s World Series due to the National League falling to the American League in this past All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed to on November 30, 2016, has solved that issue.

The way in which to determine what team hosts the World Series has been a topic of debate for 13 years. The system, in which the team from the League that won the All-Star Game would host the World Series, has been in place beginning in 2003. The previous format was implemented the year after the 2002 Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. Many have suggested that the World Series be played on a neutral site.  However, for at least the next five years, Games 1 and 7 of the Fall Classic will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record.

Several argue that the disparity between the competiveness in each League will compromise the integrity of this format. Take for instance, the schedule strength of this year’s World Series teams. The Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 94 and 68, played 57 games against sub-500 teams. Conversely, Chicago played 76 of its 162 games against teams below the “equator”. In inter-league play, the Indians posted a 13-7 mark, while the Cubs went 15 and 5 against the AL.

The tentative agreement is set to expire in 2021.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.espn.com