Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz elected to Hall of Fame

David Ortiz, the slugging designated hitter-first baseman known as “Big Papi” and who was a central force on Boston Red Sox teams that won three World Series, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and verified by Ernst…


Official BBWAA scorebooks available to public

Official BBWAA scorebooks are now available to the public for the 2022 season. These scorebooks are convenient to carry (8.5 by 6.5 inches) and have room for 200 games. Orders may be placed by e-mail at bbwaa@aol.com. Scorebooks are priced at $40 apiece, plus $15 for handling per shipment. Please…


Tim Kurkjian awarded BBWAA’s top honor

Tim Kurkjian, who has hit for the cycle as a baseball writer – newspaper beat coverage, magazine writing, Internet essayist, television reporter/analyst – and found the time to author three books, was elected the 2022 winner of the BBWAA Career Excellence Award. He will be honored with the award that…


Angels’ Shohei Ohtani wins AL MVP unanimously

Shohei Ohtani, who starred as a hitter and pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, won the American League MVP Award unanimously, becoming the 11th player to sweep the voting in the AL. The other unanimous winners in the AL: Hank Greenberg (1935), Al Rosen (1953), Mickey Mantle (1956), Frank Robinson…


Phillies’ Bryce Harper wins his 2nd MVP

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League MVP, the second time he has won the award. Harper won in 2015 with the Washington Nationals. It marks the eighth time a Phillies player has won the award with Harper joining Jimmy Rollins (2007), Ryan Howard (2006), three-time winner…


Brewers’ Corbin Burnes wins tight Cy Young race

Milwaukee Brewers’ right-hander Corbin Burnes narrowly edged the Philadelphia Phillies’ Zack Wheeler to win the National League Cy Young Award. The 10-point margin of victory is the closest in the National League and tied for the fourth overall since the ballot expanded from three to five pitchers in 2010. The…


Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray wins AL Cy Young Award

Robbie Ray was elected as the American League Cy Young Award winner, the fifth time a Toronto pitcher has won. Other Blue Jays winners were Pat Hentgen in 1996, Roger Clemens in 1997 and ‘98 and Roy Halladay in 2003. Ray and runner-up Gerrit Cole were the only pitchers listed…