Canadian pitcher Mike Soroka named to inaugural All-MLB team

Atlanta Braves pitcher and Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named to the All-MLB second team, the league announced Tuesday.

For the first time, Major League Baseball released a pair of All-MLB teams, each comprised of nine position players (one for each position), one designated hitter, five starting pitchers and two relievers. Soroka was one of the starting pitchers named, among the likes of Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Positions were filled through a collaborative vote that included fans, as well as a 30-person panel of media members, former players and other officials.

Soroka, 22, was the third-youngest player to receive an All-MLB honour. In 2019, Soroka was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.111 WHIP as the ace of the Atlanta Braves staff. He finished sixth in the National League Cy Young vote and was runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year.

Last week, Soroka won the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award, having displayed the highest “individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.”

The Toronto Blue Jays did not have any players listed among the All-MLB honourees.

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Two Oakland A’s stars named to inaugural All-MLB team at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO — The Oakland A’s have all their attention focused on the 2020 season at this year’s Winter Meetings, but two of their best players is still being celebrated for his accomplishments in 2019.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and closer Liam Hendriks were named to the inaugural All-MLB second team on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Semien finished third in the American League MVP voting this year behind Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, but he wound up behind first-team honoree Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox on the All-MLB team.

The Hometown Hero. The All-Star Aussie.

Congratulations to Marcus and Liam on being named to the 2019 All-MLB Second Team!#RootedInOakland

— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) December 10, 2019

Bogaerts was also in attendance in San Diego and sat next to Semien on stage, who offered up his respect for Boston’s shortstop when asked about finishing second.

“You look at Xander’s numbers and all of those guys numbers and everyone is very capable,” Semien said. “Xander hit over .300 and had more RBIs.”

Hendriks earned 25 saved and posted a 1.80 ERA in his first season as the A’s closer as he became one of the most dominant relievers in the sport this season.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Halifax council agrees to spend $20 million on CFL stadium

Halifax council has voted to move ahead with a stadium project by a business group hoping to land a CFL franchise for the East Coast city.

Council voted 10 to 7 to accept a staff recommendation of a one-time $20-million contribution toward construction of a stadium, on the condition an acceptable new location is found.

The vote gives a boost to the initiative launched by Schooner Sports and Entertainment (SSE).

The business group had proposed building a $110-million, 24,000-seat stadium in Shannon Park on land near the city’s MacKay Bridge that was formerly used for military housing.

Council made its decision after reviewing a staff report that recommended against the Shannon Park site in favour of finding another.

The decision comes after SSE’s proposal narrowly averted being killed outright in October when council voted nine to eight to proceed further with a staff study.

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