Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the Most Valuable Player awards, it was announced yesterday.
McCutchen won the National League honor, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cabrera took the American League prize for the second straight year, with 23 of 30 first-place votes.
• Major League Baseball took the first vote in a two-step process, unanimously approving funding for expanded instant replay in 2014. Team owners, meeting in Orlando, Fla., plan to approve the new rules when they meet on Jan. 16 in Paradise Valley, Ariz., after agreements with the unions for umpires and players.
“This is quite historic,” commissioner Bud Selig said.
MLB allowed instant replay starting in August 2008, but only to determine whether potential home runs were fair or cleared fences.
Now, virtually every decision likely will be subject to review, except balls and strikes, checked swings and some foul tips.
Phelps’ actions hint at possible comeback
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he’s planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Phelps said that “nothing is set in stone,” though he has enjoyed getting back into shape and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
“If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I’ll compete,” Phelps told the Associated Press.
Schmid will return next season as Sounders coach
Despite a late-season swoon that cost the Seattle Sounders playoff positioning and a shot at the Supporters’ Shield, the only coach in the Major League Soccer franchise’s history will be back next season.
Sigi Schmid will return as coach in 2014, the team announced.
The status of Schmid, who coached the Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup, had been in doubt after the Sounders flopped at the end of the season, going winless in nine of their final 10 games, and were ousted in the Western Conference semifinals by Portland.
Heisman winner pardoned for 43-year-old crime
Forty-three years after he and two other men held up a gas station following a night of drinking, 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers was granted a pardon from the state of Nebraska.
The Board of Pardons voted 3-0 to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers, who has spent his post-football life as an entrepreneur and pitchman in Omaha, Neb.
• Henrik Stenson strengthened his chances of winning the European Tour money title, shooting a 4-under-par 68 that left him two shots behind leader Alejandro Canizares after the first round of the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Having already won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, Stenson also leads the Race to Dubai standings and was two shots ahead of nearest rival and playing partner Justin Rose, who had a 70.
Ian Poulter, third on the money list, shot a 69.
— From wire reports