By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
It’s award season in Major League Baseball, and two former Jacksonville Suns picked up excellent hardware.
On Tuesday, Christian Yelich became the first Marlins outfielder to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, after committing only one error in 262 chances.
There was also good news for Giancarlo Stanton on Tuesday, as he was named a finalist for the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player award. Stanton will be up against former Jacksonville Sun Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and last year’s NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates. The MVP award will be announced next Thursday Nov. 13.
Stanton’s good week continued last night when he won his first Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award after leading the league in home runs and slugging percentage in 2014. The Marlins have also began a dialogue for contract negotiations with the slugger, in what will be the most important move the front office can make before the 2015 season.
The Marlins also saw Stanton and Casey McGehee pick up Players Choice Awards earlier in the week, so it’s been a good few days in terms of accolades for Miami.
Elsewhere, we learned former Sun Alex Rodriguez admitted to PED use in January when he met with the DEA, fueling more speculation about what the Yankees may do with his contract.
The Tampa Bay Rays are on the hunt for a new manager after Joe Maddon became a free agent, and they are being very public with their interview process:
Here are today’s #FishFriday links, have a great weekend!
Marlins.com: Marlins open contract negotiations with Stanton
Marlins.com: Fernandez progressing; Marlins seek starting pitchers
Miami Herald: Alex Rodriguez’s DEA confession: Yes, I used steroids from fake Miami doctor
Fish Stripes: Most depressing moment of the 2014 Marlins season
ESPN: Sandoval seeks 6-year deal; Giants engaged
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Kris Bryant sends fan autographed bat after learning one was selling for $850
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Rays name eight potential managers, including not-yet-retired Raul Ibanez
Baseball Think Factory: Dodgers to hire Gabe Kapler as farm director
Hardball Talk: The Breakup