Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez led the majors in runs batted in with 116, and led the Dodgers with 27 home runs. (Associated Press photo)
Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers’ nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.
The award, sanctioned by Major League Baseball, has recognized “the most outstanding offensive performer” in each League since it was established in 1999.
Gonzalez led the Majors with 116 RBIs, the first Dodger to do so since Matt Kemp in 2011, while batting .276 and leading the Dodgers with 41 doubles (3rd, NL) and 27 home runs (6th, NL) in 159 games.
Fans can vote for the award online. Sorry, no paper ballots.
A special panel of Hall of Fame players, including the 80-year-old Aaron, will join fans in voting for the award.
Here’s more from MLB’s press release on Gonzalez:
Joc Pederson hit 33 home runs and stole 30 bases for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers chose Julio Urias, 18, as their Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday. Infielder Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson were chosen as co-Minor League Players of the Year.
The three players, widely regarded as the top three prospects in the organization, will all be at Dodger Stadium to be honored in a pregame ceremony tonight. Pederson will be in uniform because he was promoted to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on Sept. 1.
Urias had been taking part in the Arizona Instructional League. The 18-year-old left-hander spent the entire season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and went 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 25 games (20 starts), and a 1.20 ERA (6 ER/45.0 IP) in 12 games (10 starts) after the All-Star break.
Seager, who turned 20 on April 27, was selected to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team, batting a combined .349 with a minor league-best 50 doubles, five triples, 20 homers, the second-most extra-base hits in the minors (75) and 97 RBI in 118 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in his third professional season.
Pederson, 22, was also the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year in 2012. In his first full season at Triple-A, he produced the fourth 30-home run/30-stolen base campaign in Pacific Coast League history.
Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)
Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.
Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”
Here’s more from MLB’s press release:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player that inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.
The other finalists are Carlos Beltran, Max Scherzer, Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rizzo.
More from the MLBPA’s press release:
First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge helped support transitional housing for homeless families in Los Angeles (The Dream Center) and a sports ministry in West Dallas (Mercy Street) in addition its ongoing work in Zambia.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has won five National League Player of the Week awards in his career. (Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Player of the Week award this season, for the week ending Sunday. It’s the fifth NLPOY award of his career.
From the MLB press release:
Dodgers broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra is one of six players joining the 2015 induction class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fane.
Carlos Delgado, Luis Gonzalez, Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Kelly and Pedro Martinez are the other inductees.
“The amount of emotion that comes over you is difficult to put into words. … The fact that I’m representing Mexico and all my aunts and uncles and relatives there … this is truly just a huge honor,” Garciaparra said in a staement.
The Latino Baseball Hall of Fame, created in 2010, is based in the Dominican Republic.
The 2015 class is comprised of two categories – modern era players (since 1970) and veterans – who will be honored during the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week from February 5-7, 2015.
Clayton Kershaw was named the National League pitcher of the month for the second straight month. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Call it “The Summer of Kershaw.”
Clayton Kershaw picked up his second consecutive National League Pitcher of the Month award on Monday, having also won the honor in June.
In five outings last month, Kershaw was 4-0 with a N.L.-best 1.07 ERA. He completed three of the five games, tied for first in the N.L. in wins, and posted the second-lowest opponents’ batting average (.165) among qualifying N.L. pitchers. Kershaw fanned 43 during the month, which was good for fourth in the Senior Circuit, while walking only four.
Burt Hooton was the last Dodgers pitcher to win the Pitcher of the Month award in consecutive months, in August and September 1975. Don Sutton also pulled the feat in April and May of 1975.
This is Kershaw’s fourth career Pitcher of the Month Award, having won previously for July 2011, July 2013 and June 2014.
Juan Uribe leads all National League third basemen in UZR and dWAR after the trade that sent Chase Headley to the New York Yankees. (Getty Images)
Nolan Arenado missed a month of the season with a fractured middle finger.
Chase Headley is a New York Yankee.
Suddenly, Juan Uribe has a very real chance of winning his first career Gold Glove award.
A look at where Uribe ranks in the National League:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been nominated for Best Baseball Player, and Josh Beckett is a finalist for Best Comeback Athlete, as voting for the ESPY awards began Tuesday.
Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2013 and last week threw the first no-hitter of his career. Beckett missed most of last season with thoracic outlet syndrome, then came back this year to pitch a no-hitter of his own.
The ESPY awards will air July 16 on ESPN, during the MLB All-Star break. Drake is hosting the annual made-for-TV awards show at the Nokia Theater.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn’t nominated in the Best Fighter category.
Yasiel Puig won his second National League Player of the Month award of his career on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was chosen the National League’s player of the month for May on Tuesday.