Welcome back to another rip-roaring Rival Roundup, where the rip get ripper, and when the roaring gets rough, the rough rip-roaring.
- It was a big year for individual performances in Cleveland. Jose Ramirez is in the MVP conversation, having been named a finalist this week. Meanwhile, Shane Bieber will almost certainly be taking home the Cy Young Award after a brilliant season in which the Twins handed him his only recorded loss.
- Catcher Roberto Perez and second baseman Cesar Hernandez each took home Gold Gloves this week.
- Poor old Rick Renteria is out of a job, but if he’s interested in interviewing around the league, he can at least go into the office as the potential Manager of the Year.
2020 AL Manager of the Year finalists— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 2, 2020
Kevin Cash, Rays
Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays
Rick Renteria, White Sox
Winner announced Nov. 10, 6 p.m. ET on @mlbnetwork
- Worth noting as well is outfielder Luis Robert’s candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year, following a Gold Glove win in center this week.
- Jose Abreu is a finalist for AL MVP in his seventh year with the team. Despite negligible defensive value, Abreu slashed .317/.370/.617 - some of his best marks since his rookie season - and slugged 19 homers, coming up with 2.6 WAR in a shortened season (during which he played all 60 of Chicago’s games.)
- Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, and Tim Anderson each nabbed Silver Sluggers as part of the awards dump. Anderson is the only shortstop not named Alexei to have won this honor as a member of the White Sox franchise.
- Speaking of Anderson, he indicated this week that he’s still waiting for new manager Tony La Russa to drop him a line. Do with that what you will.
Anderson has not talked to Tony La Russa: "I'm still waiting on him to reach out to me."— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) November 6, 2020
- The Sox are on the hunt for a pitching coach for the first time in a loooong while. One name tabbed includes San Fran assistant coach Ethan Katz, who goes with Lucas Giolito all the way back to high school.
- In the wake of his retirement announcement, Alex Gordon has gone out on top, winning the Platinum Glove in left (his second) to go along with his 8th Gold Glove Award.
Gordo's swan song has gone Platinum. pic.twitter.com/DcxyGc1xMF— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) November 6, 2020
- A Royal staple for nearly 15 years, Gordon ends his career with over 1,600 hits, almost 200 homers, a host of defensive accolades, three All-Star appearances, a pair of pennants, and a 2015 World Series ring. He never played a game in anything other than Royal blue, and it’s a right shame he didn’t get a proper send-off with fans. Goodness knows the Royals will get him back in front of the home crowd as soon as they can.
- Michigander alert! Rick Anderson’s replacement will be Mr. Chris Fetter, who is from that Wes Johnson class of up-and-coming collegiate coaches picked off by major-league teams. Fetter found himself on some radars after taking Michigan to the College World Series final, and was rumored to be a candidate for the Chicago job, as well.
- The rest of the Detroit coaching staff is filling in, as well:
The Tigers have made more coaching hires, sources tell me and @Britt_Ghiroli.— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 7, 2020
George Lombard will be A.J. Hinch's bench coach.
Scott Coolbaugh as hitting coach.
Chip Hale as third base coach.
- You may remember Lombard as having been a candidate for manager in the first place. Coolbaugh was previously the assistant hitting coach for Rick Renteria’s White Sox; Chip Hale had served in various capacities for the Washington Nationals.
Bye for now!