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Astros starter Gerrit Cole becomes first AL pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts since 1999

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Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole accomplished something during Wednesday night’s game vs the Texas Rangers that no other pitcher has done in decades.

When he struck out designated hitter Shin Soo-Choo in the eighth inning, he became the franchise’s first pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season since former righty Mike Scott fanned 306 batters back in 1986.

The last time an American League pitcher reached that feat was Pedro Martinez as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1999.

“It’s really special. I can’t really put it into words.” said Cole after striking out 10 batters in eight innings to lead the Astros to a 3-2 win on the night.

“I don’t typically think about these things, but I did want to try to get it done tonight here in front of our fans. They’ve come out in large numbers all year and they’re so much fun to play in front of. It was just a blessing to be able to get it done tonight.”

The 28-year old, who is in his second season with the franchise, has posted an 18-5 record, 2.61 ERA and 0.91 WHIP to go along with 302 strikeouts over a span of 31 starts and 200.1 innings pitched on the year.

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CC Sabathia makes retirement official after 19 MLB seasons

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Even though the writing was on the wall, CC Sabathia has finally made it official.

The New York Yankees veteran left-hander announced Monday that he is officially retiring from baseball.

“I’m so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present. All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win. I’m so proud of this year’s team, we fought til the end. Love you guys!” said Sabathia via his official Twitter account.

“I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it’s time to say farewell. Thank you, Baseball.”

The 39-year old posted a combined 251-161 record, 3.74 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 38 complete games, 12 complete game shutouts, and 3093 strikeouts over a span of nineteen seasons and 3577.1 innings pitched mostly with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees (also had a cup of coffee with the Milwaukee Brewers).

He retires as a six-time MLB All-Star, two-time MLB wins leader, an AL Cy Young award winner (2007), an ALCS MVP (2009), and also has a World Series title under his belt (2009).

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Angels on verge of hiring Joe Maddon as new manager

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Veteran skipper Joe Maddon appears to be heading back where it all started.

According to reports, the Los Angeles Angels are close to officially hiring the 65-year old as their new manager. The news comes just over two weeks after they relieved Brad Ausmus of his duties just one year into his tenure.

Maddon spent over three decades working his way up the Angels minor league system as a player, scout and coach (beginning in 1979) until he eventually became the interim manager and then Mike Scioscia’s bench coach before finally leaving the organization in 2005.

He has posted a combined 1225-1045 regular season record over 16 seasons as an MLB manager split between the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs.

He is also a three-time Manager of the Year award winner, and won a World Series title with the Cubs in 2016.

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Howie Kendrick named 2019 NLCS MVP

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An unlikely hero has emerged for the Washington Nationals this postseason. And after the team completed their NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, this veteran infielder was rewarded for his incredible play.

36-year old Howie Kendrick was officially announced as the 2019 NLCS MVP following the National’s 7-4 series-clinching win on Tuesday. For a player that is just a year and a half removed from career-threatening right Achilles injury, he has learned never to take these types of moments for granted.

“All the sweat, blood and tears and grinding, the losses, the wins, everything comes down to this moment right here…I can truly say this is the best time of my career, the best moment of my career.” said Kendrick.

Kendrick posted a .333 batting average, 1.012 OPS, four doubles and four RBI and two walks through 17 plate appearances and four games this series.

He will be playing in his first World Series game of his career, in his 14th MLB season.

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