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Kansas City Royals Ace, Yordano Ventura, killed in a car accident

Written by Liz Charre, President Another young developing baseball star was taken too soon from us. Yordano Ventura, the ace of the Kansas City Royals, died in a car accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. Ventura is one of three young MLB players that have been taken from the game too soon. Cardinals OF, Oscar Taveras, was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died five months ago in a boating accident. The cause of the accident is yet unknown but the Dominican police say they won’t rule out speed or alcohol. For now, Royals fans and players are remembering Ventura as a bright young star who loved the game of baseball. Many remember him as the hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series where his dominance on the mound forced a Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants. He was given the nickname “ace” for his 100mph fastball that left several batters swinging …

Corey Seager becomes 17th Dodger to win the Rookie of the Year award

Written by Liz Charre, President It was disappointing to see the Dodgers lose to the Cubs back in October, but guess what Dodger fans? Corey Seager was announced the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year through a unanimous decision. Monday night was the first day to present awards to Major League Baseball players who have shown their talent throughout this season. Seager is the 17th Dodger to be given the Rookie of the Year award. It has been the second consecutive year since a player has been given this award through a unanimous decision. Last year it was given to Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs. The last Dodger to receive this award was Todd Hollandsworth back in 1996. The Dodgers organization has had a Rookie of the Year for every position except third base. “It’s going to be a great night,” Seager said when he heard the news of his award. “I have friends, family, and coaches here with me today to celebrate.” He thanked all of his friends, family, coaches, and Dodger …

MLB’s tribute to Jose Fernandez’s tragic death

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer The baseball world woke up to a tragic story this past Sunday morning. The MLB lost one of its greatest pitchers of the 21st Century. Jose Fernandez, the 24 year old pitcher for the Miami Marlins and two friends died in a boating accident. The National Guard found the disassembled boat after 3am Sunday morning. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor of this tragedy, but what we do know is that Jose Fernandez died on impact. Following the recognition of his parting, MLB released a statement regarding the tragedy: “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.” Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins manager, said during the press conference: “When I think about Jose … I see such a little boy in him. That’s the joy that Jose …

Dodgers Clinch the National League West for the fourth year and say goodbye to Vin Scully

Written by Liz Charre, President What an amazing end to a Dodger home stand, honoring Vin Scully on the incredible 67 years with the organization and clinching the National League West for the fourth year straight. The Dodgers ball club is the first team in the National League West to win four straight NL West titles. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eight games back from the Giants 90 days ago, are now at the top once again. Ever since the All-Star Break, the Dodgers have shown that they could possibly be a World Series contender. Having lost Kershaw through the majority of the season, many fans had their doubts on the Dodgers even making the postseason. But, things turned out better than expected. Now with Kershaw back in the rotation the Dodgers look to end their drought of a World Series appearance. The magic number was one as of Saturday night. As the Dodgers entered Sunday’s game with the motive to not only sweep the Rockies but win their division, a bump in the …

No-hitter for Arrieta

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer For the second time in his career, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds last night. He is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to be the reigning Cy Young award winner and throwing a no-hitter the following year. The other players that have thrown a no-hitter, a year after they won the Cy Young award, were Sandy Koufax in 1964, Bob Gibson in 1971, and Clayton Kershaw in 2014. Arrieta has had a great start to the 2016 season. His record for this season is 4-0 and since last season, Arrieta’s record is 20-1 with his era being less than one. In his last 24 starts, he threw two no-hitters and has only allowed seven runs in those starts. For hitters, it looks like they are unable to figure out Arrieta’s pitches because he has been solid in last year’s postseason. As the Cubs celebrated their twelfth win on Thursday night, it wasn’t just Arrieta who stole the show. Rookie of the year, Kris Bryant …

Baseball is back

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Fans, it’s that time of year again. It’s that time to put on your favorite baseball hats, jerseys and start piling up the hot dogs and beer because baseball season is officially back. It’s been a long offseason with major trades occurring beginning with pitchers David Price and Zach Greinke who made historical deals with the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other trades have occurred and major announcements have commenced. Among them, David Ortiz, known as “Big Papi” from the Boston Red Sox, has decided to retire after this season. With talent off the charts this season, there are many reasons to hit the ballpark this summer. In this pool of talented players, Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager is one to look out for. He made his MLB debut late last season but is ready to show his skills this year. Another player that fans should look out for is Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will pitch for the Dodgers. Maeda has proved during spring training that he …

Keuchel and Arrieta your 2015 CY Young Award Winners

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer With the offseason starting, several trades, awards, and winners have already been announced. However, this past Wednesday was a significant day for baseball starters as the CY Young Awards were announced. CY Young awards are given to the best pitchers in the MLB that have shown dominance throughout the entire season. This year’s CY Young Award winners are Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel and Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta. Both of these pitchers showed great leadership, dominance, and strength throughout the 2015 season and postseason. Dallas Keuchel is the third Astros pitcher in franchise history to win the Cy Young award. The last pitcher to win it for the team was Roger Clemens in 2004. As for the Chicago Cubs, Arrieta becomes the fifth pitcher in their organization to take home the Cy Young Award. Given their strong performances throughout the season, there is no doubt that it was a close call, especially for Jake Arrieta.

The Comeback Kids

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Last night wrapped up an incredible MLB season with the Kansas City Royals as your 2015 World Series Champs. With emotions surrounding the big apple, it was all smiles for the Royals as they won their first World Series in 30 years. Everyone knows the Kansas City Royals as, “the comeback kids” because they have been able to produce runs in key situations. They have come from behind eight times of 11 postseason games. In the ALDS, facing elimination against the Astros, they were able to score over five runs in the 8th inning to go back to Kansas City and move on to play the Blue Jays. As the Royals defeated the Blue Jays, they were back in the World Series for their second consecutive year. Jumping to a 2-0 lead, the Royals headed toward the big apple to see if they would be able to finish off the season and sure enough they did. They dropped the first game but came back strong Saturday and Sunday to …

It’s a Mets sweep

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer For the first time in MLB history, the Mets have swept the Chicago Cubs from advancing to the World Series for the first time since the year 2000. The Mets, with an extraordinary season, won the NL East division, beat the Dodgers in five games, and went on to the NLCS, sweeping the Cubs in just four games. Winning the NLCS clinched the fifth NL pennant in franchise history.

Nationals close out season with a No-Hitter

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer A disappointing end to the season for the favored postseason contenders, the Washington Nationals, came as their season went down to an 83-79 record, seven games behind the New York Mets. However, it wasn’t a complete disappointment. Max Scherzer, the Nationals star pitcher, threw yet another no-hitter on Saturday night, marking his second no-hitter of the 2015 season. The Nationals, completely out of the postseason competition, will have to think about what changes they will have to make for the 2016 season. First, let’s talk about the dominant Max Scherzer. He pitched a season-high striking out 17 Mets. In total, he faced 28 batters. Scherzer became the only sixth pitcher in baseball to pitch two no-hitters in a season, his first no-hitter came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 20.