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Orioles release statement on passing of Cashen

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Statement from Orioles on the passing of former Executive Vice President Frank Cashen

The Orioles were saddened to learn today of the passing of FRANK CASHEN. Frank served the Orioles as Executive Vice President from 1965 to 1975 during the team’s most successful on-field era, winning two World Series championships, four American League pennants, and five AL East titles.

It was during his tenure that the Orioles acquired Frank Robinson and named Earl Weaver manager, two of the most significant moments in club history. His record of success with the Orioles earned him the Herbert Armstrong Award in 1999, recognizing his contributions to the Orioles, the community and the sport of baseball.

The Orioles organization extends its sympathies to his wife, Jean, their seven children, and many grandchildren.

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Orioles reinstate Almanzar, designate him for assignment

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Orioles reinstate INF Michael Almanzar from the 60-day disabled list & designate him for assignment

The Orioles today announced that they have reinstated INF MICHAEL ALMANZAR from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

Almanzar, 23, was selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft from Boston on December 12, 2013. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23, with left patellar tendinitis and transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6.

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Bundy to make next start for Single-A Frederick

Posted on 28 June 2014 by Luke Jones

As pitching prospect Dylan Bundy celebrated the anniversary of his Tommy John surgery with another successful outing for short-season Single-A Aberdeen Friday night, the Orioles announced where he’ll go next in continuing his injury rehab assignment.

Bundy will move up to the Carolina League to start for Single-A Frederick against Salem on Thursday after making three starts for the IronBirds. The 21-year-old went 0-1 with a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings, striking out 22 and walking three while allowing just 10 hits.

The organization was expected to move him to a higher level after he pitched five shutout innings against Hudson Valley on Friday, striking out seven and walking two. Reports indicated a better curveball and fastball velocity sitting 90 to 94 miles per hour in Friday’s start.

Thursday’s start will take place at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

Baltimore also announced that Rule 5 selection Michael Almanzar will continue his injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk. However, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette indicated Saturday that the corner infielder will only remain with the organization once his assignment is over if they can work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox, his former club.

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Orioles still not tipping hand on looming Reimold decision

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Orioles still not tipping hand on looming Reimold decision

Posted on 28 June 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The Orioles must make a decision on the future of oft-injured outfielder Nolan Reimold by Monday but aren’t tipping their hand until the last moment.

Neither executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette nor manager Buck Showalter indicated what the Orioles plan to do as Reimold’s 20-day rehab assignment is coming to an end. The 30-year-old is out of minor-league options, so the Orioles must either place him on the 25-man roster or expose him to waivers and take the chance that another club will claim him.

Many critics wouldn’t view the latter as a major loss since Reimold hasn’t performed at a high level in the majors since the start of the 2012 season. He has undergone two spinal fusion surgeries since then, but the Orioles thought highly enough of Reimold to sign him to a one-year, $1.025 million contract last offseason when many expected they wouldn’t tender him a deal.

In 46 at-bats with the Baysox, Reimold is hitting .326 with two home runs, nine runs batted in, and 11 walks.

“We hope Nolan will be a factor to help our team,” Duquette said during a forum for season ticket holders on Satuday. “He’s currently down in Bowie completing his 20-day rehab. [We’ll assess] Nolan’s capability to help our ball club right now or see if he can do that later in the season. But he’s getting on base, he’s played some games in the field and as a DH, and he’s done well. He’s on his way back.”

Unlike last year, the Orioles are receiving plenty of production in left field and at the designated hitter spot with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, and Delmon Young all having strong seasons. Showalter has struggled to find playing time for Young, so it wouldn’t appear to make sense to add another right-handed outfielder to the bench.

The only apparent way to make room for Reimold would be to designate light-hitting outfielder David Lough for assignment, but Showalter likes using him as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch runner. Lough also provides the Orioles a backup center fielder for Adam Jones, a position no other outfielder on the roster is equipped to handle.

Barring an injury over the next day or two, the Orioles’ only practical option for Reimold might be to designate him for assignment with the plan to outright him to Triple-A Norfolk if no other club decides to take a chance on him after two major neck surgeries. With so much sweat equity invested in his recovery, the Orioles would clearly prefer keeping him in the organization without compromising their major league roster in the process.

“I know we’ve had some discussions about it,” Showalter said. “[Vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson] has been down there a few times. He’s up to speed on him. He talks to Nolan a lot. Obviously, there’s a pending move there.”

In 936 career major league at-bats, Reimold has hit .252 with 41 home runs, 126 RBIs, and a .327 on-base percentage.

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Orioles 9-Game Scorecard (Games 69-77)

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Luke Jones

During the 2014 season, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones of The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will provide the “9-Game Scorecard” for the Orioles, evaluating the club in nine-game increments in a number of categories and looking ahead to how Baltimore will fare over the next nine games on the schedule.

(Editor’s note: Glenn Clark filled in for Forrester on Friday’s show.)

To hear the full explanation of the most recent “Orioles 9-Game Scorecard” during Friday’s show, click HERE.

1. Should the Orioles have been better or worse than their 6-3 mark?
Glenn: Worse
Luke: Worse

2. Most Valuable Player/Least Valuable Player
Glenn: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Miguel Gonzalez
Luke: MVP – Steve Pearce; LVP – Ryan Flaherty

3. Biggest surprise
Glenn: The Orioles winning three straight series for the first time all year
Luke: The Orioles winning games in which Masahiro Tanaka and Chris Sale started

4. Best thing about the nine-game stretch
Glenn: Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz providing late-inning heroics in the White Sox series
Luke: The Orioles bouncing back to win the Yankees series after the crushing loss in the opener

5. Nine games from now…
Glenn: The Orioles will begin looking for another catcher to add to the roster
Luke: Miguel Gonzalez will be on his way to the bullpen with Bud Norris returning from the disabled list

6. Record in the next nine games
(four with Tampa Bay, four with Texas, one at Boston)
Glenn: 5-4
Luke: 6-3

7. Stock rising/falling over the next nine games
Glenn: Rising – Chris Tillman; Falling – Caleb Joseph
Luke: Rising – J.J. Hardy; Falling – Steve Pearce

8. Grading Buck Showalter in games 69-77
Glenn: B
Luke: B

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Orioles minor league recap – 6/26

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Here’s what happened down in the Orioles’ farm system on Thursday…

* Steve Clevenger and Ivad De Jesus homered, but Triple-A Norfolk fell 7-3 to Pawtucket

* Tim Berry allowed three earned runs over six innings as Double-A Bowie lost 4-2 to Richmond

* Brady Wager was roughed up for four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in Single-A Frederick’s 6-2 loss to Winston-Salem

* A seven-run seventh inning wasn’t enough as Single-A Delmarva fell 8-7 to West Virginia

* Stephen Tarpley pitched six strong innings, but short-season Single-A Aberdeen lost 6-2 to Brooklyn

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Norris officially sent to disabled list with right groin strain

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Norris officially sent to disabled list with right groin strain

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Luke Jones

(Updated: Friday at 12:05 p.m.)

BALTIMORE — After leaving his start with right groin discomfort last Saturday in New York, Orioles pitcher Bud Norris was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The right-hander underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Thursday that revealed a strain that will force him to miss at least one start. Norris was still experiencing discomfort while completing a bullpen session on Wednesday that prompted the Orioles to recommend further testing. Norris is eligible to be activated from the DL on July 7.

“When [the doctors] said it was going to be four or five days before he can get on the hill again, waiting around isn’t very beneficial,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We feel confident that we can resolve it in the DL period.”

Showalter will not need another starter until Tuesday as Kevin Gausman was summoned to pitch the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays with Chris Tillman starting the nightcap in Norris’ place. Because of Thursday’s off-day, the Orioles will send lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the hill on Saturday and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on Sunday to conclude the four-game series. Ubaldo Jimenez will then pitch Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers on four days’ rest.

Gausman served as the club’s 26th man roster exemption for the day-night doubleheader and will be returned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game to fulfill his 10-day requirement in the minors. He is expected to be recalled in time to make his next start on Wednesday, but he is not an option to pitch on short rest for Tuesday’s game, according to Showalter.

The Orioles could look at current long reliever T.J. McFarland to make a spot start on Tuesday before settling into a five-man rotation with Gausman occupying Norris’ original slot.

“Right now, we’re probably looking for a break from the weather,” quipped Showalter, who added that newly-signed Norfolk lefty Randy Wolf isn’t ready to be an option for Tuesday. “We’ll be alright. We’ve got some good options.”

Right-handed relief pitcher Evan Meek was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Norris’ place and serve as an extra arm in the bullpen for the twin bill. Meek is 2-0 with three saves and a 2.79 ERA in 17 games for the Tides and has gone 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA in 13 appearances for the Orioles this season

With third baseman Manny Machado’s looming suspension, the Orioles must play a man down in his absence and cannot use his spot on the roster, which led to them recalling Meek to use Norris’ roster slot for the time being with that spot expected to eventually address Machado’s absence. When a decision is made on Machado, the club will add an extra infielder — presumably in place of Meek or another reliever — and Jemile Weeks will likely be recalled as he traveled to Baltimore on Thursday night.

Though Norris isn’t expected to be sidelined for long, the news is a tough break for the 29-year-old as he’s been the club’s most consistent starting pitcher this season. In 14 starts, Norris owns a 7-5 record with a 3.62 ERA in 87 innings and has struck out 60 while walking 28 batters.

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Orioles roster on skates with Machado’s looming suspension, Norris’ groin injury

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Orioles roster on skates with Machado’s looming suspension, Norris’ groin injury

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — With third baseman Manny Machado awaiting a decision on an appeal of a five-game suspension and starting pitcher Bud Norris still dealing with groin soreness, the Orioles are preparing to shuffle their roster over the next several days with various scenarios in play.

Machado had his hearing in Baltimore on Wednesday with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and agent Dan Lozano in attendance. Joe Garagiola, Jr., senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball, was also present as the sides met at the Camden Yards warehouse.

“At this point, there’s nothing to talk about,” Machado told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. “Just wait and see how many games I’m going to get suspended. Hopefully, I don’t and just get fined.”

The Orioles remain hopeful that a ruling will not come prior to Friday’s split doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays because they are not allowed to fill Machado’s roster spot for however many games he must sit. Manager Buck Showalter acknowledged they would likely need another infielder in Machado’s absence. Logical candidates who could be added include Steve Lombardozzi and Jemile Weeks, who are both on the 40-man roster and currently playing at Triple-A Norfolk.

As far as which pitcher would go to make room for an additional infielder, Norris could figure into that equation as he was still experiencing some discomfort with his right groin while throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander had hoped to make the start in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader, but Chris Tillman will go in his place.

For now, the Orioles are optimistic that Norris will avoid the disabled list, but their roster needs with the Machado suspension could complicate that expectation. Showalter announced after Wednesday’s game that Norris would undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Thursday morning.

“I don’t think Friday’s a good option,” said Showalter, who added that Norris is more uncomfortable working from the stretch than the windup. “[He's] a little tentative, but better. I just don’t think he’s quite there yet.”

Showalter added that Norris is still in play to potentially start on Saturday or Sunday, but he will need at least one more bullpen session to see where he is from a physical standpoint. Because of Thursday’s off-day, the Orioles could push Norris as far back as Tuesday before they would need another starting pitcher.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman will start the first game on Friday as the 26th man that can be added for day-night doubleheaders, but the 23-year-old will then return to the minors for the remainder of his 10-day requirement after being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last weekend. Gausman would be able to return to make his next start next Wednesday, but that would still leave Tuesday unaddressed should Norris not be ready by that point in time.

While they wait to see how quickly Norris continues to improve, the Orioles have several ways to handle the Machado suspension while keeping an eye on a potential need for a starter next Tuesday.

“We have things in place,” Showalter said. “Maybe somebody moves to Bowie to be closer. We’ve got some things in place — infielders, possible pitchers. There are some moving parts on it. We’re trying to prepare for the scenarios.

“Everybody’s in play. And there’s about a 50-percent [chance] that we stand pat [depending on] what happens.”

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Orioles minor league recap – 6/24

Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Here’s what happened down in the Orioles’ farm system on Tuesday…

* Josh Stinson was roughed up for five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings as Triple-A Norfolk fell 9-6 to Pawtucket

* Eduardo Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings to lead Double-A Bowie to a 6-3 win over Trenton

* Trey Mancini drove in Single-A Frederick’s lone run in a 5-1 loss to Wilmington

* Jeff Kemp homered and drove in two, but Single-A Delmarva fell 6-5 to West Virginia in 14 innings

* Stefan Crichton allowed one earned run in four innings as Single-A Aberdeen fell 4-0 to Staten Island

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Orioles 1B Davis nominated for ESPY Award

Posted on 25 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Peyton Manning, Floyd Mayweather, David Ortiz, Kevin Durant, LA Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Rafael Nadal, Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams, Maya Moore are all nominees for The 2014 ESPYS, hosted by Grammy Award-winner, platinum selling recording artist and multi-faceted performer Drake

WHAT:

Initial list of nominees for The 2014 ESPYS presented by Capital One, hosted by Drake, are revealed and voting has begun.

Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHEN:

Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

HOW:

Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS up to the start of The 2014 ESPYS.

2014 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:

  • “Best Male Athlete” has stiff competition this year, with NBA MVP Kevin Durant, MLB AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NFL MVP Peyton Manning, and undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, all vying to take home the honor for the first time.
  • LeBron James is after his third-straight and fifth-total win in “Best NBA Player.”  Five-time nominee Kevin Durant is angling to take his first.
  • The “Best Female Athlete” category showcases a collection of fresh faces this year.  WNBA star Maya Moore is the only returning nominee.  She is joined by the first female UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, and the college basketball Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart.
  • The Connecticut women’s basketball team is in the hunt for their second “Best Team” award on the heels of a record ninth NCAA title.  The Huskies have been nominated seven times, but have not taken home the honor since 1996.
  • Novak Djokovic is chasing his third-straight “Best Male Tennis Player” award.  He is up against two fellow 2013 nominees, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
  • Floyd Mayweather is going for his fifth “Best Fighter” ESPY in seven years, and his third straight.
  • Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is nominated for the second-straight year in both the “Best Male Athlete” and “Best MLB Player” categories.  He won the “Best MLB Player” award in 2013.
  • Ronda Rousey is the first UFC athlete, male or female, to be nominated for a “Best Athlete” award.   She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
  • Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award, and her second straight.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2014 ESPYS marks the show’s 22nd telecast and will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other.  The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

The 2014 ESPYS Categories and Nominees

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • First player in 19 years to win 2 straight AL MVP awards
  • Won 3rd consecutive batting title with career high .348 BA
  • 2nd in MLB with 44 HR and 137 RBI in leading Tigers to AL Central title

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • NBA MVP
  • Averaged 32 points per game, highest scoring average since ’05-’06 season
  • Led the Thunder to a 59-23 record, second-best in the league, despite Russell Westbrook missing much of the season with injuries

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Set records for most TD passes (55) and most passing yards (5,477) in a season
  • Threw for 400 yards and 2 TDs in AFC Championship win over Patriots
  • Won unprecedented fifth MVP award

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Cruised to a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
  • Won in a decision over Marcos Maidana, improving record to 46-0

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

  • WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 20 points; 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading Lynx to 3-game sweep over Atlanta
  • Led Lynx to league’s best record and finished third in scoring with 18.5 ppg

Ronda Rousey, UFC

  • UFC women’s bantamweight champ
  • Defeated Sara McMann in a TKO and Miesha Tate by submission

Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic Skiing

  • At 18, became the youngest winner, male or female, of Olympic slalom gold medal
  • First American woman to earn a slalom medal of any color since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Naismith Trophy winner and AP’s National Player of the Year
  • Final 4 Most Outstanding Player for 2nd time
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in leading Huskies to 40-0 record and NCAA title

 

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion
  • Won 7 races in 2013, including 2 during the Chase for the Sprint Cup

Kawhi Leonard, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led San Antonio to a 5-game victory over Miami, averaging 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds on 61% shooting
  • Exploded in the last 3 games, scoring 71 points on 24-for-35 shooting

Shabazz Napier, Men’s NCAA Tournament MOP

  • Had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in leading 7th seeded UConn over Kentucky in NCAA Tournament final
  • Named Final 4 Most Outstanding Player

David Ortiz, World Series MVP

  • Had .668 BA, .760 OBP with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs during the World Series
  • Led Red Sox to victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in 6 games

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Threw 27 TDs to only 2 INTs, leading the NFL with 119.2 QB rating
  • Tied an NFL record with 7 TD passes in a game in Week 9 matchup with Raiders

Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers

  • Averaged 20.7 ppg and 5.6 apg in making his first NBA All-Star team
  • Closed out the Rockets with a dramatic, buzzer beating three pointer in Game 6 Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

  • Led NFL with 8 INTs
  • Tipped pass in the end zone in NFC Championship led Seattle to Super Bowl

Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

  • Began the season with a 6-0 start, compiling a 2.17 ERA during that stretch
  • 2nd pitcher in the league to reach 10 wins this season

 

BEST UPSET

Connecticut wins National Championship, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • First No. 7 seed to win tournament (only No. 8 Villanova in 1985 was lower)
  • Trailed St. Joseph’s by 3 with 40 seconds left in opening game
  • Defeated top-seeded Florida (ending Gators’ 30-game winning streak) in Final 4

Mercer over Duke, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

  • 14th-seeded Mercer beat 3rd-seeded Duke 78-71 in the 1st round
  • Jabari Parker’s team knocked out in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament

Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva, UFC 162

  • Weidman handed Silva his first UFC loss with a knockout in the 2nd round
  • Silva had previously defended his title a record 10 times

 

BEST GAME

Alabama vs. Auburn, Iron Bowl

  • Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed 57-yard FG 109 yards on the final play to upset undefeated Alabama 34-28, sending Auburn to the SEC Championship
  • Auburn tied the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates with 32 seconds left after Auburn blocked a field-goal attempt

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts, AFC Wild Card Playoff

  • Indianapolis trailed 38-10 in the third quarter before rallying to win, 45-44
  • Andrew Luck threw for 3 TDs and ran for a TD on a fumble recovery in the 2nd half

New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup Finals Game 5

  • Kings secured the Stanley Cup in a tense 3-2 win in double OT
  • Alec Martinez scored the winning goal after more than 94 minutes of action

 

BEST TEAM

Boston Red Sox, MLB

  • Defeated St. Louis in 6 games to win their third World Series since 2004
  • Tied for the best record (97-65) in MLB with the Cardinals during the regular season

Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Finished 40-0 for its 5th undefeated season
  • Won its record 9th NCAA championship by routing previously unbeaten Notre Dame

Florida State Football

  • Won national title with 14-0 record, defeating Auburn 34-31 in BCS title game
  • Average margin of victory was 39.5 points per game (second in scoring at 51.6 ppg and first in points allowed at 12.1)

Los Angeles Kings, NHL

  • • Won 3 consecutive 7-game series to make the Stanley Cup Finals
  • • Defeated the Rangers in 5 to claim their 2nd Stanley Cup championship in 3 years
  • • Their 26 playoff games were the most ever for a Stanley Cup champion

San Antonio Spurs, NBA

  • • Defeated the Miami Heat in 5 games to win their 5th NBA championship
  • • Finished the regular season with a league-best 62-20 record

Seattle Seahawks, NFL

  • Won Super Bowl with a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos
  • Had the best record in the NFC at 13-3, tied with Denver for best in the NFL
  • No. 1-ranked defensive team, allowing only 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game

 

BEST COACH/MANAGER

Geno Auriemma, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

  • Huskies finished 40-0 for his 5th undefeated season, routing Notre Dame, also unbeaten, in the final
  • Broke a tie with Pat Summitt with his record 9th NCAA championship

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

  • Led Seahawks to first Super Bowl title, dominating Denver 43-8
  • Had No. 1-ranked defense, allowing only 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game

John Farrell, Boston Red Sox

  • In his first season as Boston’s manager, led the Red Sox to a World Series title
  • Managed Boston to an AL best 97-65 record a year after team finished last in AL East at 69-93

Kevin Ollie, Connecticut Men’s Basketball

  • 2nd year head coach led UConn to NCAA championship, defeating top-ranked Florida in Final 4 and Kentucky in title game
  • First No. 7 seed to win the tournament (Only Villanova, at No. 8 in 1985, was a lower seed to win)

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

  • Led Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record and their 5th NBA championship
  • Won his 3rd Coach of the Year award

 

BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE

Josh Beckett, LA Dodgers

  • After missing most of the 2013 season with a nerve condition, Beckett returned to throw a no-hitter in May 2014, the first of the season and his career
  • The oldest pitcher (34) to throw a no-hitter since Randy Johnson in 2004

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Playing 80 games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, Crosby led the NHL with 104 points and is a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
  • Led Team Canada to gold at the Sochi Olympics

Dominic Moore, NY Rangers

  • Moore made an inspiring return to the ice this season after taking 18 months off to care for his ailing wife and mourn her passing
  • Scored the game-winning goal in game 6 of the Rangers East Conference Final against the Canadiens, sending New York to the Stanley Cup

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Missed two months after re-injuring his knee in December, but returned to help the Thunder finish with a 59-23 record and the #2 seed in the West
  • First person to average at least 26 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the playoffs since Oscar Robertson in 1964

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

Rafael Nadal, Tennis

  • Won his 13th and 14th Grand Slam singles titles at the 2013 U.S. Open and 2014 French Open
  • Won 10 ATP tournaments in 2013, with match record of 75-7

Inbee Park, Women’s Golf

  • Became the fourth woman in LPGA history to win three majors in a year, winning all three consecutively
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after 6 LPGA tournaments

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal/Real Madrid

  • Won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Award as World Player of the Year
  • Star forward for Portugal and Real Madrid scored 66 goals in 56 games in 2013

Sebastian Vettel, Formula One

  • The German won fourth straight Formula One championship
  • Won his final 9 races in 2013 to equal the 9 consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari
  • Won 13 races in 2013, matching Michael Schumacher’s record

 

BEST NFL PLAYER

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

  • •Had 1,980 yards from scrimmage
  • •Scored 19 total TD’s (12 rushing, 7 receiving)

Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers MLB

  • Broke the NFL record for most tackles in a single game with a 26-tackle performance against the New Orleans Saints
  • Won the 2013 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Set records for most TD passes (55) and most passing yards (5,477) in a season
  • Led Denver to 13-3 record, best in AFC and tied with Seattle for best in NFL
  • Won fifth MVP award

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

  • •Won the NFL rushing title with 1,607 yards, despite playing only 15 games
  • •Also the all-purpose yards leader with 2,146
  • •Set Eagles records for most rushing yards and most yards from scrimmage

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks QB

  • Led the Seahawks to a decisive 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Broncos
  • Guided Seattle to a 13-3 record, tied with Denver for best in the NFL
  • 1st player in Super Bowl era to post a 100+ passer rating in 1st 2 seasons

 

BEST MLB PLAYER

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • First player to win 2 straight AL MVP awards in 19 years
  • Won 3rd consecutive batting title with career high .348 BA
  • Tied his high in homers with 44 and knocked in 137 runs, both second in MLB

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

  • Led the majors with career-highs in homers (53) and RBIs (138)
  • Third player in history (after Babe Ruth and Albert Belle) with 50 HRs and 40 doubles in a season
  • Second in majors with .634 slugging percentage

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Won his second NL Cy Young Award in 3 years
  • His 1.83 ERA was the lowest in the majors in 13 years
  • Had 16-9 record

Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

  • AL Cy Young Award winner with 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA
  • Only 20-game winner in majors in 2013
  • Second in MLB with 240 strikeouts !

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • Led the AL in runs (109) for second straight year
  • Led AL in walks (110), second in OBP (.432) and third in batting (.323)
  • Second in AL MVP voting for second straight year

 

BEST NHL PLAYER

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Led NHL with 104 points, 17 more than his closest contender
  • Led NHL in assists with 68

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

  • Finished 2nd in the league in points with 87
  • Led Ducks to their first finish atop the Western Conference in franchise history, as well as franchise records for wins (54) and points (116)

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

  • •Led the Kings with 70 points in the regular season
  • •Scored a league-high 26 points in the playoffs, helping the Kings secure their 2nd championship in 3 years

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Propelled the Rangers through the postseason with a .928 save percentage
  • Recorded 33 wins and a .920 save percentage on the season

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

  • •A dominant presence in the playoffs, scoring 4 game-winning goals and leading the Blackhawks to the Western Conference Finals
  • •Had 68 points in the regular season, 28 goals and 40 assists

 

BEST DRIVER

Scott Dixon, IndyCar

  • 2013 IndyCar Series champion (his third title)
  • Won 4 races in 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR

  • Won the 2014 Daytona 500
  • Won 2014 Pocono; his first time since 2004 to win two or more races in a season

John Force, NHRA

  • Won his 16th NHRA Funny Car Championship at age 64
  • Amassed 4 wins, 5 runner-up finishes, and 6 No. 1 qualifying positions in his championship run

Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar

  • Won 2014 Indianapolis 500
  • First American to win the Indy 500 since 2006

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR

  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup; champion
  • At 38, he’s the youngest driver to win 6 titles, beating Richard Petty by 83 days
  • Won 7 races in 2013, including 2 during the Chase for the Sprint Cup;, the Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sprint All-Star race

 

BEST NBA PLAYER

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • NBA MVP led the league in scoring with 32 ppg while shooting 50% from the field
  • Durant surpassed Michael Jordan’s record for most consecutive games scoring at least 25 points with 41

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

  • From January 20 to March 26, Griffin recorded 20+ points for a franchise-record 31 straight games
  • Led the Clippers with 24 points per game

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Averaged 27 points per game while shooting 57% from the field
  • Became the youngest player in NBA history to score 4000 playoff points

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2nd straight All-Star selection

 

BEST WNBA PLAYER

Elena Delle Donne, Chicago Sky

  • Unanimous winner of 2013 Rookie of the Year
  • Fourth in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg), fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) as she helped Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring for second straight season (21.5 ppg)
  • Led The Dream to the WNBA Finals

Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

  • Finals MVP after averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading Lynx to 3-game sweep
  • Third in the league in scoring at 18.5 ppg

Candace Parker, LA Sparks

  • 2013 MVP (her second)
  • Ranked fourth in blocks (1.84 bpg), sixth in scoring (17.9 ppg), seventh in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and 12th in assists (career-high 3.8 apg)

 

BEST FIGHTER

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defended his Light Heavyweight title with wins at UFC 165 & 172
  • Won the toughest fight of his career vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Cruised to a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
  • Improved record to 46-0 with a decisive win over Marcos Maidana

Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • Retook WBO welterweight title with a decisive win over Timothy Bradley in the rematch of their highly disputed 2012 fight
  • Beat Brandon Rios to take vacant WBO International welterweight title

Ronda Rousey, MMA

  • Defended title as UFC women’s bantamweight champ
  • Defeated Sara McMann in a TKO and Miesha Tate by submission

Andre Ward, Boxing

  • Defeated Edwin Rodriguez to bring his record to 27-0
  • Ward dominated Rodriguez, winning by unanimous decision

 

BEST MALE GOLFER

Martin Kaymer

  • •Won the 2014 US Open
  • Set a US Open record for lowest 36-hole score at 130

Adam Scott

  • Won the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
  • Won the 2013 Australian Masters

Henrik Stenson

  • Won twice in his final three 2013 PGA Tour events to win the FedEx Cup
  • Finished No. 2 on the 2013 PGA Tour money list ($6,388,230)

Bubba Watson

  • Won the 2014 Masters, his 2nd Masters title
  • Earned his 5th career PGA Tour victory at the 2014 Northern Trust Open

 

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

Stacy Lewis

  • Won her second career LPGA major at the 2013 Women’s British Open
  • Won 3 LPGA tournaments in 2013

Inbee Park

  • 4th woman in LPGA history to win 3 majors in a year
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after winning 6 LPGA tournaments
  • 2013 LPGA money leader with $2,456,619

Suzann Pettersen

  • Won her 2nd career LPGA major with a 2-stroke victory at the Evian Championship
  • Won 4 LPGA tournaments in 2013

Michelle Wie

  • Won her 1st career LPGA major at the 2014 US Women’s Open at Pinehurst
  • Won the 2014 LPGA Lotte Championship

 

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

Novak Djokovic

  • Won 7 ATP tournaments in 2013, with a match record of 74-9
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 2

Andy Murray

  • Captured his second Grand Slam singles championship by defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets at Wimbledon
  • Won 4 ATP tournaments in 2013

Rafael Nadal

  • Won his 14th Grand Slam singles title at the 2014 French Open, his 5th-straight French Open win and 9th overall
  • Won the 2013 US Open
  • Won 10 ATP tournaments in 2013, with match record of 75-7

 

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

Li Na

  • Won the 2014 Australian Open
  • Defeated Dominka Cibulkova in straight sets in the final

Agnieszka Radwanska

  • Made her first BNP Paribas Open final
  • Made the Semifinals at the 2014 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova

  • •Won the 2014 French Open in a highly regarded final match against Simona Halep
  • •Her 3rd consecutive French Open Final and her 2nd French Open Victory

Serena Williams

  • 2013 U.S. Open win was her 17th Grand Slam singles title
  • Finished 2013 ranked No. 1 after winning 11 WTA tournaments, having a 78-4 record, and earning $12,385,572

 

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College Hockey

  • Won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player
  • Highest point total in the last 11 seasons with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists)
  • Tied a Hockey East conference by scoring in 31 straight games

Doug McDermott, Creighton Basketball

  • Won Wooden, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and AP player of the year
  • Led country in scoring, averaging 26.7 points
  • Shot 52.6% from the field, including 44.9% on 3-pointers

David Taylor, Penn State Wrestling

  • Helped Penn State win its 4th consecutive NCAA team title by shutting out Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell 6-0 in the 165-pound final
  • Named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Wrestler and won the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler Award
  • Went 34-0 in winning his second national championship

Lyle Thompson, Albany Lacrosse

  • Shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Award with his brother, Miles, first to ever share the award and the first Native Americans to win it (its name honors the Native American roots of the sport)
  • Scored 128 points on the season (51 goals, 77 assists), shattering the previous record of 114

Jameis Winston, Florida State Football

  • Second freshman to win Heisman Trophy; at 19, first teenager to win it
  • Led FSU to BCS title with 14-0 record
  • Threw for 4,057 yards (10.6 yards per attempt) and 40 TD passes, completing 66.9% of his passes (257-of-384). Intercepted 10 times

 

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

Morgan Brian, Virginia Soccer

  • Won the 2013 Hermann Trophy as the best female collegiate soccer player
  • Led the ACC in scoring (46 points) with 16 goals and 14 assists
  • Helped Virginia to No. 1 ranking most of the season before it lost to eventual champ UCLA on penalty kicks in the semifinals

Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse

  • •Guided her team to the NCAA championship title, scoring 3 goals in the final and winning MVP of the tournament
  • •Won the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, the first sophomore to ever do it
  • •Led her team with 63 goals

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball

  • Naismith Trophy winner and AP’s National Player of the Year
  • Final 4 Most Outstanding Player for 2nd time
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in leading Huskies to 40-0 record and NCAA title

Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball

  • •Led PSU to the NCAA championship title with her excellent service game
  • •Named MOP of the NCAA tournament

Hannah Rogers, Florida Softball

  • •Pitched her team to victory in the NCAA women’s softball world series, going 7-0 in the tournament
  • Named MOP of the tournament

 

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Grant Baker, Surfing

  • •Overall title on the 2013/2014 Big Wave World Tour; he won two of three events
  • •Won the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award

Tucker Hibbert, Snowmobile

  • •Won 7th straight X Games SnoCross gold medal
  • •Won ISOC Pro Open championship, including 15 of 17 finals in 2013/2014
  • •Broke career record for national Pro-class snocross victories (84); now has 95
  • •Won ISOC Pro Open championship, his 8th such title

Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding

  • X Games Los Angeles 2013 & X Games Austin 2014 Skateboard Street Gold
  • •1st, Street League 2013 series points
  • •1st, Street League Los Angeles in May 2014; 1st, Tampa Pro in March 2014

Ryan Villopoto, Motocross/Supercross

  • •Won the 2013 AMA Motocross title
  • •Captured the his 4th straight AMA Supercross crown, winning 7 of 17 rounds

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 Ski SuperPipe gold
  • •Olympic gold medal in ski halfpipe

 

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • •Olympic gold medal in snowboard slopestyle
  • •X Games Aspen 2014 SBD Slopestyle silver
  • •1st overall for slopestyle, World Snowboard Tour

Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 Ski SuperPipe gold
  • •Olympic gold medal in ski halfpipe
  • •2014 Association of Freesking Professionals halfpipe champ
  • •1st, 2013 Dew Tour superpipe comp

Kelly Clark, Snowboard Superpipe & Halfpipe

  • •X Games Aspen 2014 SBD SuperPipe gold—her 12th X Games medal, women’s career record
  • •Halfpipe bronze at Sochi Games, her third Olympic halfpipe medal
  • •1st overall for halfpipe, World Snowboard Tour

Vicki Golden, Moto Racing

  • •X Games Los Angeles 2013 Women’s Racing gold, her third straight
  • •XG LA 2013 Best Whip bronze; The first woman to compete against men in X Games Moto X

Carissa Moore, Surfing

  • • Overall title, 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (surfing)

 

BEST JOCKEY

Javier Castellano

  • Voted Eclipse Award as top jockey in 2013
  • Led all jockeys with 362 wins (in 1,617 starts) and earnings of $26,213,507 in 2013
  • Finished in the top 3 54% of the time

Victor Espinoza

  • The jockey for California Chrome
  • Won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Preakness Stakes

Joel Rosario

  • Won the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Mike Smith

  • Currently in 4th place for total winnings ($6,379,380), despite starting in far fewer races than his competitors

 

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Mark Bathum, Alpine Skiing

  • Won two silver medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in the men’s visually impaired super-G and super combined with his guide Cade Yamamoto
  • Excelled in the speed disciplines all season long, winning all three downhill and all four super-G races he entered

Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey

  • The 16-year-old helped USA win gold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • Voted Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • Scored two goals and had an assist in Team USA’s 3-0 win against Canada to secure a spot in the gold medal game versus Russia

Raymond Martin, Wheelchair Racing

  • The first man to win five gold medals at an IPC Athletics Championships as he won the men’s T52 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meter races
  • Swept the same five events at the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships
  • Named the USOC’s 2013 Male Paralympic athlete of the year

Mike Shea, Snowboarding

  • Won the silver medal in the first-ever men’s Paralympic snowboard cross event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Won the first ever overall World Cup title

Evan Strong, Snowboarding

  • Won the first-ever gold medal in the men’s Paralympic snowboard cross event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Picked up victories at the 2014 National Championships, the World Cup La Molina and the World Cup Copper Mountain

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

Minda Dentler, Handcyclist

  • Became the first woman in history to officially complete the World Championship

Kona Ironman

  • Won the 2013 NYC Marathon in the women’s hand cycle division

Oksana Masters, Sitting Skier

  • Won the first U.S. women’s Paralympic cross-country medal in 20 years with her silver medal win in the 12km sitting event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Also won bronze in the women’s 5km cross-country sitting event

Tatyana McFadden, Sitting Skier/Track & Field

  • Won a silver medal in the women’s 1km cross-country sprint event in Sochi
  • In 2013, she became the first athlete to win four major world marathons in a single year and six world titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships
  • Won the 2014 London and Boston Marathons

Laurie Stephens, Alpine Monoskier

  • Won two bronze medals in women’s alpine skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
  • Took 1st in the slalom and giant slalom at the 2014 US Paralympics National Championships
  • Won women’s sitting Overall World Cup Speed Globe

Jamie Whitmore, Para-cycling

  • Won gold medals and set world records in the time trial and pursuit events at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
  • Took first place in the road race at the 2014 UCI World Cup in Italy
  • Undefeated in competition at the 2013 Road World Cup series and the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships

 

BEST BOWLER

Jason Belmonte

  • 2012-13 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year
  • Won 2 titles, including the USBC Masters, his first major
  • Led 2013 PBA Tour in points

Wes Malott

  • Won 2013 U.S. Open
  • Second highest scoring average (228.09) on 2013 PBA Tour
  • Second on tour in points

Sean Rash

  • Led 2013 PBA Tour in earnings ($248,317)
  • Cashed in tour-high 22 times (in 30 events)
  • Third on tour in points

Pete Weber

  • Won the 2013 USBC Senior Masters
  • Runner up for 2013 Player of the Year

 

BEST MLS PLAYER

Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls

  • Red Bulls MVP, led team with 11 goals, 5 of them game-winners
  • Named an MLS Best XI selection and All-Star
  • Set record for fastest goal in MLS history, scoring in 7 seconds against Houston

Marco Di Vaio, Montreal Impact

  • With 20 goals in 2013, the striker led team to first playoff appearance
  • Third in MLS MVP voting

Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

  • Striker led Galaxy with 16 goals and 11 assists in just 23 regular-season games in 2013 to help team to fifth straight postseason appearance
  • Only player in league with double figures in goals and assists
  • Second in MLS MVP voting

Mike Magee, Chicago Fire

  • 2013 MLS MVP
  • After being traded from Galaxy to the Fire he posted 15 goals to finish with 21, second in league

 

BEST MALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Joss Christensen, Slopestyle Skiing

  • Won gold in slopestyle skiing and led U.S. to only its third podium sweep in Winter Olympics history
  • Last slopestyle skier named to U.S. Team, first run in the finals produced a 95.80

Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • Won gold in snowboard slopestyle
  • His first run in finals ended with a 93.50 score that held up

Ted Ligety, Alpine Skier

  • Won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance
  • Finished his 2 runs in 2:45.29, 0.48 seconds faster than the runner-up
  • Became the first American man to win 2 Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing

Charlie White, Ice Dancing

  • Won Gold at Sochi in Ice Dancing with partner Meryl Davis
  • First Americans ever to win the Olympic Gold in Ice Dancing

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing

  • Won the first Olympic ski halfpipe contest
  • Scored a 92 on his first run

 

BEST FEMALE U.S. OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard Slopestyle

  • Won gold in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition
  • Down to her last trip in the final, she soared to victory with a near flawless run to score 95.25, winning by 2.75

Maddie Bowman, Halfpipe Skiing

  • Had the two best scores in the finals in winning gold
  • Scored 85.50 on her first run and 89.00 on her second

Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing

  • Won Gold at Sochi in Ice Dancing with partner Charlie White
  • First Americans ever to win the Olympic Gold in Ice Dancing

Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard Halfpipe

  • After qualifying 7th for finals, she scored upset to take the gold medal
  • A surprise champion; she was the last snowboarder named to the USA team

Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skier

  • 18-year-old is the youngest ever Olympic slalom gold medal winner – male or female
  • First American woman to earn a slalom medal of any color since Barbara Cochran won gold at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics

 

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