Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Max Scherzer adds NL Cy Young after winning in AL

Max Scherzer, a previous winner in the American League with the Detroit Tigers in 2013, joined the company of Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay as Cy Young Award winners in both leagues. Clemens won six in the AL (1986, ’87 and ’91 with the…


Rick Porcello narrowly wins AL Cy Young

Porcello had never received a Cy Young Award vote in any previous election over seven seasons. It marked the seventh time a Red Sox pitcher was honored. The others: Roger Clemens in 1986, ’87 and ’91; Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000 and Jim Lonborg in 1967. The five-point differential…


Another 1st-year manager, Dave Roberts wins NL award

Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the sixth manager, and third in the last three years, to win the manager of the year award in his first full season as a manager. The Texas Rangers’ Jeff Banister won in the American League last year and the Washington Nationals’…


Terry Francona adds 2nd AL manager of the year award

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who was previously honored in 2013, is the eighth multi-winner of the award in the AL. Tony La Russa and Buck Showalter were three-time winners. The other two-time winners were Sparky Anderson, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon (La Russa, Piniella and…




Ken Griffey Jr., nearly unanimous, elected to Hall with Mike Piazza

In the closest pursuit yet towards a unanimous choice in National Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. missed by only three votes of a perfect score in the 2016 balloting by the BBWAA verified by Ernst & Young. Of the 440 ballots submitted by qualified senior…


Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaugnessy wins 2016 Spink Award

Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who has been a major voice on baseball in New England and nationally for 35 years, was elected the 2016 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He will be honored with the award that…


Blue Jays’ 3B Josh Donaldson wins 2015 AL MVP

Donaldson is only the second Toronto player honored. The other was George Bell in 1987. The election marked the eighth time the AL winner was a third baseman. The others were Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez twice each and George Brett, Brooks Robinson and Al Rosen once apiece (Rodriguez also…


Nationals’ Bryce Harper wins 2015 NL MVP unamiously

Harper became the seventh player in National League MVP balloting to win the award by a unanimous vote. The others were Orlando Cepeda, Mike Schmidt, Jeff Bagwell, Ken Caminiti, Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols, the previous such winner, in 2009. There have been 10 unanimous winners in the American League,…