Friday, November 20, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 11.20.15 #NLMVP #Indians #NHLAllStar #NFL

By @cleeverizon

- Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has unanimously won the National League MVP award. Harper hit 42 home runs, scored 118 runs and had a .470 on-base percentage, while batting .330. At 22 years and 353 days at the end of the season, Harper becomes the youngest player to win the award since Cal Ripken in 1983, and youngest since Johnny Bench in 1970 for the National League.

- Not to be outdone, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson won the American League MVP award. In his fifth year, Donaldson hit 41 home runs, scored 122 runs and led the American League with 123 RBIs. Donaldson received 23 out of a possible 30 first place votes, besting Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Mike Trout.

- The Cleveland Indians signed former Twins outfielder Shane Robinson and catcher Adam Moore to minor league deals. In 2015, Robinson played in 83 games with the Twins, hitting .250 with a .299 OBP and a .322 SLG in 197 plate appearance. He'll add depth to the outfield as Micheal Brantley recovers from surgery.

Adam Moore spent most of the 2015 season at Triple-A Columbus, but was called up and played in a single game for the Indians on September 30.

- The 2016 NHL All Star Game will introduce a new wrinkle and will be changing into a 3-on-3 All-Star tournament. The tournament format will be comprised of three 20-minute games, played by divisional all-star teams competing for a winner-take-all $1 million prize, the NHL and NHL Players association announced yesterday. Each divisional all-star team will have 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. 

Fans will select one player from each division, without regard for position, in the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote. Each NHL team will have at least one representative. The first two 20-minute games will be the semifinal round, with the Central Division all-stars playing the Pacific Division, and the Metropolitan Division all-stars playing the Atlantic Division. The winners will play for the championship in the third game. This will be the second year in a row the NHL has made changes to the games' format.

- The NFL will appeal the $1B settlement plan it's agreed to pay former players for CTE. If the settlement was to go forward without the appeal it would have covered 6,000 former NFL retired players for 65 years. They would receive an average of $190,000, although the awards could reach several million dollars in the most serious cases, which include young men with Parkinson's disease or Lou Gehrig's disease. Some of the 90 objectors complain that it compensates only a few neurological conditions, and not the depression and mood disorders they link to concussions and CTE. The 3 judge panel is expected to make a ruling early next year.

- For first time this spring, the NFL is expected to allow teams to begin trading compensatory draft picks. NFL owners are expected to approve the change in December at the next meeting. Compensatory picks are awarded in March. Under the rules, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a teams received equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. 

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