Hyun Jin Ryu and Teoscar Hernandez (and Ryan Tepera???) got MVP votes

The winners of the American and National League Most Valuable Player Awards were announced on Thursday.

In the AL, Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox took home the MVP after a huge season offensively. Abreu slashed a .317/.370/.617 line with 19 homers and a league-leading 60 RBIs in the middle of Chicago’s potent lineup.
Elsewhere in the AL, two Blue Jays got some consideration further down the ballot. Teoscar Hernandez got a ninth-place vote and six tenth-place votes while Hyun Jin Ryu, who finished third in Cy Young voting, got an eighth- and tenth-place vote.
Here’s the AL’s breakdown…

2020 AL MVP: José Abreu, White Sox
Full voting details: https://t.co/xNqRHmqYa7 pic.twitter.com/v3txx8ZSaw
— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 12, 2020

Over in the National League, Canadian Legend Freddie Freeman won MVP by a pretty wide margin, beating out Mookie Betts, who the Red Sox decided last winter they were too cheap to pay.
The best part of the NL’s ballot? The fact that Ryan Tepera (yes, that Ryan Tepera) earned himself one tenth-place vote.

Ryan Tepera got an MVP vote pic.twitter.com/VKuikKVAnh
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) November 12, 2020

I have no idea why this happened! Tepera had …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

AHL, NHL release statements on prolonged stoppages in play due to COVID-19

The American Hockey League is suspending their season until May, at the earliest, while the NHL says they are at least 60 days away from resuming play.

Update from the NHL regarding player activity and movement during season pause: pic.twitter.com/yeFjII7W49
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 16, 2020

Update from @TheAHL regarding 2019-20 season: pic.twitter.com/noYAnHyWYv
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) March 16, 2020

The statements come amid a time that sports around the world have come to a halt over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC’s directive,” the league said in a statement, adding players are being allowed to return home — wherever in the world that is.
“Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to club medical staff,” the NHL said. “At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of club facilities to players in …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison suffers medical emergency, AHL game cancelled

Ahead of what was scheduled to be an American Hockey League Friday night matchup between the Toronto Marlies and Texas Stars, Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison suffered a medical emergency.
The incident happened in the visitor’s dressing room at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas, the Marlies said in a statement, and Davison was immediately transported to hospital.

Davison, 39, was being evaluated and will remain under medical supervision, the Marlies said.
“Following what happened tonight with Rob in front of our players and staff, I consulted with Laurence Gilman, Greg Moore and the leadership group of the Marlies,” Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said in a statement. “I was informed by the leadership group that the entire team was in a state of shock and not comfortable proceeding with tonight’s game. We fully support our players and staff in this matter.
“The Maple Leafs would like to thank the Stars’ medical team and the HEB Center staff for their urgent care.”
The Marlies forfeited the game, the American Hockey League said in a statement. 
Davison has been with the club since he was hired in July 2017. …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Jake Gardiner signs four-year deal with Hurricanes

The Gardiner era in Toronto is officially over, unfortunately. The American defenceman signed a four-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes at a cap hit of $4.05-million.

The #Canes have signed Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract
More Info » https://t.co/sp8U5mzQvu pic.twitter.com/PILPBvhKgi
— Carolina Hurricanes (@CanesNHL) September 6, 2019

The 29-year-old defenceman has spent eight years in the Leafs organization since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks back in 2011. During that time, he has played in 551 games, scored 45 goals and 245 points.
He is now joining a Hurricanes team that is stacked on the blue line already, with defensive phenoms such as Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, Gardiner will fit right in.
The left-handed defenceman was here during the extreme highs and lows of this modern Leafs team. Going through tank years and consecutive playoff runs, Gardiner will surely be mentioned as a key contributor for who the Leafs have become in the grand scheme of the NHL.
Along with the departure of Kadri, he is now a former Maple Leaf and will be seen as a part of those years where this team was rising into being competitively relevant again.
This team is going through even more …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

American League Division Odds Update 07/24/19

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Two of the three division leaders in the American League are very deep into minus money in MLB futures, which means any value play will entail a collapse.
For instance, the New York Yankees have moved to a -6600 favorite to claim the AL East title on the American League division odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Tampa Bay Rays (+1400) and Boston Red Sox (+1500) now have double-digit odds in this prop.
Five weeks ago, the Yankees still offered betting value at -200, but thanks to a surge heading into the all-star break, they have extended their lead from 3.5 games to an even 10 over both the Rays and Red Sox.
Boston has managed to be in the wild-card race despite a pitching staff that is allowing more than five runs per game. A return to league-average pitching combined with continued strong run production over the final 60-plus games could cue a Red Sox rally.
The Minnesota Twins, as far as AL Central odds are concerned, have done a reverse-Yankees, and are now -425 favorites, ahead of the Cleveland Indians (+190). Five weeks ago, the Twins were at -6600 with Cleveland at +1100 at betting sites, but Cleveland has …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays can learn a lesson from the Minnesota Twins and their aggressive off-season

While everybody in the American League waited around this winter, throwing their arms in the air and conceding the Pennant to the Big Three of New York, Boston, and Houston, the Minnesota Twins boldly said “fuck it” and just casually slipped in through the back door.

Minnesota, fresh off a 78-84 season, decided that they were going to capitalize on two-thirds of Major League Baseball going through rebuilds at the exact same time. While everyone else was obsessing over the advent optimizing the control years of cheap talent and avoiding spending money like it was the goddamn plague, the Twins swooped in and took what the market presented them.
They made multiple under-the-radar additions, signing Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Martin Perez, and Michael Pineda in free agency. None of those guys are huge names, but all of them fell through the cracks as so many teams decided they wanted to avoid spending money in free agency.
Here we are in the middle of July and the Twins have a 58-35 record and a 96.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. Those aforementioned free agents account for nearly half of their everyday lineup and the back part …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays Kawhi-eted by sturdy Angels in disappointing four-game series

Even though the Los Angeles Angels, one of the American League’s most puzzling teams, aren’t exactly a powerhouse squad by conventional means, they were still able to dismantle the Blue Jays in efficient fashion, taking three of the four games, narrowly losing the fourth this week at Rogers Centre.
Led by starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs and valiantly commanded by ultra-uber-mega-superstar Mike Trout, the Angels managed to improve their record to 38-38 and cruised out of town with a trio of victories. Though the Blue Jays clawed their way to a single win, the Angels were in command for the majority of the series.
Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from a Kawhi-et four-game series in Toronto:
The Good
In yet another surprising stretch, Eric Sogard (7-for-17, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB) remained effective, finishing the finale 3-for-3 with two walks. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (4-for-13, 2 RBI, 4 R) and Cavan Biggio (2-for-11, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 R, 2 HR) were excellent, as was Billy McKinney, who launched a walk-off homer Thursday.
On the mound, Clayton Richard (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) had a decent, albeit unflashy start, while Daniel Hudson (2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 R) was quietly effective in a …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation