Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Official BBWAA scorebooks available to public

Official BBWAA scorebooks are now available to the public for the 2021 season. These scorebooks are convenient to carry (8.5 by 6.5 inches) and have room for 200 games. BBWAA scorebooks are available for the 2021 season. Orders may be placed by e-mail at bbwaa@aol.com. Scorebooks are priced at $30 apiece,…


No candidates elected to Hall of Fame for 2021

For the ninth time in 77 years of balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, no candidate received the amount of votes necessary to gain election to the game’s shrine. Players are elected to the Hall provided they are named on 75…


Dick Kaegel wins BBWAA’s highest honor

Dick Kaegel, who covered the beats of Missouri’s two Major League Baseball teams for decades, was elected the BBWAA Career Excellence Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His career will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to…


Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman wins NL MVP

Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves won the NL MVP, becoming the 16th first baseman to win the award in the NL. The list includes three-time winner Albert Pujols (2005, 2008, 2009), Frank McCormick in 1940, Dolph Camilli in 1941, Phil Cavarretta in 1945, Stan Musial in 1946 (he also…


Former Rookie of the Year José Abreu adds the AL MVP

Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu is the 10th former AL Rookie of the Year Award winner (2014) to go on to win an MVP Award. The others were Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, the only players to win both awards in the same season….


A first for the Reds: Trevor Bauer wins the Cy Young

Cincinnati right-hander Trevor Bauer is the first Reds pitcher to win a Cy Young Award. Cincinnati pitchers who finished second in the voting were Tom Seaver in 1981, Mario Soto in 1983, Danny Jackson in 1988, Pete Schourek in 1995 and Johnny Cueto in 2014.  This is the second runner-up…


Indians’ Shane Bieber unanimously wins AL Cy Young

Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was unanimously selected as the American League Cy Young winner. It marked the 10th time an AL pitcher has been a unanimous choice for the award. Three pitchers were unanimous selections twice – Johan Santana with the Twins in 2004 and 2006, Pedro Martinez with…


Rays’ Kevin Cash honored as AL’s top manager

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash was named American League manager of the year, after finishing in third place in each of the previous two years.  This is the third time a Tampa Bay manager has been honored. Joe Maddon won the award while with the Rays in 2008 and…



Brewers reliever Devin Williams takes NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Brewers right-hander Devin Williams is the seventh relief pitcher to win the NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award and the first to do so without recording a save in his winning season. Other relievers honored were Joe Black, Butch Metzger, Steve Howe, Todd Worrell, Scott Williamson and Craig…