This week, Brooks Robinson was named the winner of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in the National Baseball Hall of Fame category. The award is given to those who “possess the values, integrity, and dedication to serving our country exemplified by the award’s namesake, National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who made the selfless decision to put his career in the Major Leagues on hold so he could serve his country.”
Each year, there are six awards: National Baseball Hall of Fame Award, Major League Baseball Award, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Award, U.S. Marine Corps Jerry Coleman Award, Peer to Peer Award (Afloat), and Peer to Peer Award (Ashore). Organizations supporting the awards include Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, and the National Military Family Association.
The winner in the Major League Baseball category this year was Craig Stammen of the San Diego Padres.
Check out the video below of Brooks accepting the award. Congrats to all the winners!
Kim Ng made history this past week, becoming the first woman GM in Major League Baseball. She is also the first Asian American GM. For the past nine years, Ng has been the senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB. Prior to that, she had positions as Assistant GM with both the Dodgers and Yankees.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined MLB’s appeal of the class-action lawsuit brought on behave of minor league players. This means that the case will continue in the courts as a class-action suit. The lawsuit against MLB revolves around low wages paid to minor leaguers in Florida, California, and Arizona.
This past week, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted to remove the name of the former Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, from its Most Valuable Player Award. While Landis did not create the “color barrier” in baseball, historians have noted his racist past, some noting that is was no coincidence that Jackie Robinson was selected to break the color line just a few short years after Landis’ death.
Many of today’s fans likely know little of Landis’ 20+ years as the first Commissioner of Major League Baseball, who, though he cleaned up gambling in baseball has also been referred to as “ruthless” and “arbitrary.”
Last week, the Baltimore Orioles named Anthony Santander their 2020 Most Valuable Player. Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2011, Santander was selected by the Orioles in the December 2016 Rule 5 draft. According to Rule 5, teams must keep selected players on their 26-man roster or will have to return the player to his original team. Nonetheless, we’ve been waiting a long time to finally see him spend an entire season with the Orioles, even if it was a short one.
Santander spent much of the 2017 on the IL. He first appeared for the Double-A Bowie Baysox on a rehab assignment in July 2017. In 15 games he hit .380 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI. That’s when I first had hopes that one day he’d be a great Oriole. After another brief rehab stint with the Single-A Frederick Keys that summer, he finally made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles on August 18, 2017.
In 2018, he played 54 games with the Bowie Baysox where he hit .258. After a few more rehab assignments he made it back to the Orioles in October and appeared in 33 games. In 2019, he again started in the minors, this time with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He was called up to the Orioles in June.
So, it was nice to see Santander spend this abbreviated 2020 season with the Baltimore Orioles and to see his talent appreciated and acknowledged by the team. Hopefully, he’s here to stay.
It was another week that went from “ho-hum, what day is it again?” to tragic. But at least we still have Manny. (Well, we don’t still have Manny because the O’s traded him away. But the world has Manny.)
On Friday night, Manny Machado hit two home runs in the Padres win over the Seattle Mariners: