The Associated Press announced Sunday that the Cubs World Series Championship was voted as its sports story of the year. The Cubs World Series title was the “runaway winner for top sports story of 2016.”
The Cubs received 48 of 59 first place votes, a total of 549 points in balloting by AP members and editors.
The death of Muhammad Ali was the second biggest sports story of the year followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA title.
Chesny Young and Corey Black
Chesny Young and Corey Black continue to put up good numbers in Winter Ball.
Young has played in 22 games for Escogido in the Dominican Republic this winter. Young has hit .351/.438/.364 with one double for a .802 OPS. Young is 27-for-77 with 11 walks and eight strikeouts. Over his last 10 games, Young is 10-for-35 with four walks and four strikeouts for a .286/.359/.286 slash line with a .645 OPS.
Black is pitching for Santurce in Puerto Rico and has made 20 appearances. Black is 2-0 with 12 saves, a 0.43 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. In 21 innings, Black has allowed two runs, one earned, on 10 hits with eight walks and 17 strikeouts.
Jason Hammel reportedly has as many as 10 teams interested in signing him. The Yankees and Marlins are two of the teams that continue to be linked to Hammel. As 2017 quickly approaches, Hammel is without a team for next season. The Cubs declined the option on his contract in November and he joined a rather thin free agent pitching market.
Hammel recently changed agents. Hammel went from Alan Nero and Octagon to Aces “because he thought the process of getting him signed was slow” according to Nick Cafardo.
Cafardo said Hammel’s expectations of a big contract this off-season appear to have been unrealistic. The market “has not developed for him yet.”
Jason Hammel was expected to sign a three-year deal in the $39 million range at the beginning of the off-season.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Jerry Crasnick, the Blue Jays continue to explore options to fill outfield void and have talked to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would “take a big bite” out of the Jays farm system to acquire McCutchen but landing him “could help quell the post-Edwin Encarnacion angst.” The Pirates have said it is likely the Pirates will keep McCutchen, but according to Crasnick the Jays are “among several clubs with interest.”
• 141 players signed minor league contracts … and Matt Eddy has them all listed by team in his latest MiLB Transactions for Baseball America.
• Pitch framing was doomed from the start according to Jeff Sullivan.
• Joe Sherman reported on how the Indians and Red Sox splashes affect the rest of baseball … and the American League title.
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— MLB (@MLB) December 25, 2016
— Andrew Belleson (@ChicagoCubsPA) December 25, 2016
This Day in Cubstory
2011 – Cubs signed free agent Andy Sonnanstine
1985 – Chris Carpenter, born
1981 – Omar Infante, born
1979 – J.C. Boscan, born
1961 – Storm Davis, born
1948 – Dave Radar, born
1917 – Cubs acquired Dode Paskert from the Phillies for Cy Williams
1907 – Harry Taylor, born
2012 – Cubs signed free agents Jaye Chapman and Zach Putnam
1968 – Scott Bullet, born
1962 – Marty Pevey, born
1962 – Bruce Walton, born
1961 – Rick Renteria, born
1950 – Manny Trillo, born
1881 – Joe McCarthy, born
1881 – Jim Doyle, born