Finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for each league were announced Thursday. And Jake Arrieta could add a Gold Glove Award to his historic season.
Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and Zack Greinke (Dodgers) are the three finalists for the Gold Glove in the National League for the best fielding pitcher. Arrieta was charged with four errors.
Arrieta was 22-6 in 33 starts with a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 2.35 FIP this season. Arrieta allowed 52 runs, 45 earned on 150 hits with 48 walks and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. Arrieta put together the best second half of any starting pitcher in the history of the game.
After the break, Arrieta was 12-1 in 15 starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Arrieta surrendered 12 runs, nine earned, on 55 hits with 23 walks and 113 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings. Arrieta was the NL Pitcher of the Month in August and September. And his incredible August included a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium.
Jake Arrieta will be a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award when the announcement is made on Nov. 10. Results of the BBWAA voting for the 2015 Cy Young Awards will be made on Nov. 18.
2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Finalists
- Pitcher: Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke
- Catcher: Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, Wilson Ramos
- First Base: Brandon Belt, Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez
- Second Base: Dee Gordon, D.J. LeMahieu, Brandon Phillips
- Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Matt Duffy, Todd Frazier
- Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons
- Left Field: Starling Marte, Justin Upton, Christian Yelich
- Center Field: Billy Hamilton, Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Pollock
- Right Field: Curtis Granderson, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward
- Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Sonny Gray, Dallas Keuchel
- Catcher: Jason Castro, Russell Martin, Salvador Perez
- First Base: Eric Hosmer, Mike Napoli, Mark Teixeira
- Second Base: Jose Altuve, Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler
- Third Base: Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria, Manny Machado
- Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Alcides Escobar, Didi Gregorius
- Left Field: Yoenis Cespedes, Brett Gardner, Alex Gordon
- Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Kevin Pillar, Mike Trout
- Right Field: Kole Calhoun, J.D. Martinez, Josh Reddick
The winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Gloves will be announced Nov. 10 at 6:00pm CST on ESPN.
The Seattle Mariners announced Thursday, Joe Bohringer left the Cubs organization to be a special assistant to Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners new general manager. Bohringer was the Cubs Director of Pro Scouting for the last four years. Bohringer worked for Dipoto in Arizona.
The Cubs hired Jared Porter in September to be the team’s Director of Pro Scouting and Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
• Full Report on Jared Porter [Sept. 10]
Mike and Greg Maddux
Mike and Greg Maddux are no longer part of the Texas Rangers’ organization. Mike Maddux was the Rangers’ pitching coach for the last seven seasons and was told Thursday that the team decided to make a change. The Rangers did not announce a replacement for Maddux.
According to Jeff Wilson, Maddox would have liked to return to the Rangers but he wanted to see what else was available before committing to Texas. Maddox’s contract had expired and he was exploring options. Wilson reported that the Rangers “made the call to move on.”
Mike Maddux interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial opening in 2011. The Cubs eventually hired Dale Sveum. There were rumors Maddux was in the running again to be the Cubs manager after Sveum was fired.
Greg Maddux was a special assistant to Jon Daniels and told the Rangers’ GM he would not be returning to the organization.
News, Notes and Rumors
• After a tough season, Javier Baez expects big things in 2016 according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
• Alex Speier asked if the Red Sox should try to sign Alex Gordon.
• Josh Donaldson was named the Sporting News Player of the Year. Donaldson beat Bryce Harper and received 107 more votes than Jake Arrieta. Zack Greinke finished fourth followed by Paul Goldschmidt.
• On the day the Blue Jays announced Alex Anthopoulos had rejected a contract extension and would not return to Toronto, the Sporting News announced Anthopoulos was its Executive of the Year. Anthopoulos topped Neal Huntington (Pirates), Dayton Moore (Royals), Sandy Alderson (Mets) and John Mozeliak (Cardinals). Theo Epstein finished seventh, tied with Andrew Friedman, with one vote.
• The Padres introduced Andy Green as the team’s new manager Thursday. Green was the Diamondbacks third base coach this past season.
• With Bud Black becoming the Nationals’ manager there are rumblings that former Cubs’ skipper Rick Renteria will be his bench coach.
• The Phillies are looking to build a winner and are using the models set by the Mets, Cubs, Astros and Cardinals as the way to build an organization according to a report from Ryan Lawrence.
• Joey Martarano has not decided if he will continue his baseball career next summer. Martarano enjoys playing football and is doing well with Boise State. The Cubs selected him in the 22nd round of the 2014 draft. Martarano played in a combined 18 games between the AZL Cubs and Short-Season Eugene this past season and hit .275/.301/.362 with a .664 OPS.
Theo Epstein End of Season Press Conference
This is the last day the reports on Theo Epstein’s end of season press conference will be included in the daily report. For those that have not read these, take the time to do so … a lot of very good information.
- Cubs Invite Joe Maddon’s Entire Coaching Staff Back for Next Season
- Cubs Would Like to Add at Least One Quality Starting Pitcher
- Theo Epstein’s End of Season Press Conference was Chock-Full of Information
- Cubs Will Continue Playing Kyle Schwarber Behind the Plate and in the Outfield
- Cubs Plan to Approach Scott Boras about a Long-Term Extension for Jake Arrieta
- Cubs Thought Miguel Montero’s Season was a Tale of Two Halves
- Arbitration Eligible Players Will Put a Pretty Big Dent in Cubs Available Payroll for 2016
- Cubs Would like to Bring Back Dexter Fowler, Position Player Group Provides Options
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs granted free agency to Ryan Kalish and Carlos Villanueva
2011 – Cubs granted free agency to John Grabow, Reed Johnson, Ramon Ortiz, Carlos Pena, Aramis Ramirez, Kerry Wood and Rodrigo Lopez
2009 – The Ricketts family was introduced as the new owner of the Chicago Cubs
2008 – Cubs granted free agency to Ryan Dempster, Bobby Howry, Jim Edmonds and Chad Fox
2007 – Cubs granted free agency to Jason Kendall
2006 – Cubs granted free agency to Juan Pierre
2003 – Cubs granted free agency to Shawn Estes, Mark Guthrie and Kenny Lofton
2003 – Cubs released Will Ohman
2002 – Cubs granted free agency to Pat Mahomes
2000 – Cubs granted free agency to Rick Aguilera and Mark Grace
1998 – Cubs granted free agency to Mike Morgan
1992 – Cubs signed free agent William Brennan
1959 – Cubs signed free agent Del Rice
1934 – Cubs released Riggs Stephenson