MLB Awards grand finale (8 ET, MLB Network)

Winners from 15 categories will be revealed on MLB Network, MLB.com

MLB Awards grand finale (8 ET, MLB Network)

The grand finale of Major League Baseball in 2017 has arrived. Somehow, even after all the drama that we witnessed from April through November in a magnificent season, there's one more dramatic moment to behold for baseball fans everywhere.

The last group of honors, the Esurance MLB Awards, will be given out tonight beginning at 8 ET on MLB Network and MLB.com to cap a fantastic 2017 season. And, as is the case every year, they will span a wide-ranging field of accomplishments -- both traditional and modern -- that also account for the recent postseason.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge places 2nd for AL MVP behind Altuve

Judge places 2nd for AL MVP behind Altuve

Aaron Judge's remarkable season of "All Rise" yielded a unanimous selection as the winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in the American League, but the Yankees slugger finished as the runner-up to the Astros' Jose Altuve for the AL Most Valuable Player Award, which was announced Thursday on MLB Network. The Indians' Jose Ramirez finished third.

Judge was vying to become the first Yankees MVP since Alex Rodriguez (2007), while looking to join Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) as the only players to bring home the MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards in the same season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Steinbrenner: Next prospect wave at doorstep

Steinbrenner: Next prospect wave at doorstep

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was one year ago this month that Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said that his expectation was for Aaron Judge to become the starting right fielder in The Bronx, a plan that worked out exceptionally well for all parties involved.

As Judge vies to become just the third player to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award and the AL Most Valuable Player Award in the same season, Steinbrenner departed the Owners Meetings excited about the next wave of prospects rising through the Yankees' chain, many of whom could make an impact as soon as the upcoming season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks interview Meulens for manager opening

Yanks interview Meulens for manager opening

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Twenty-four years after his most recent at-bat in pinstripes, Hensley Meulens was the third man up for the Yankees on Thursday morning, as the former infielder and outfielder became the latest to interview for the club's managerial vacancy.

Meulens, 50, spent eight years as the Giants' hitting coach before being reassigned last month to bench coach -- a position that's often considered a stepping stone toward managing in the Major Leagues. The Curacao native is excited about the idea of coming back to New York.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Severino finishes 3rd in AL Cy Young voting

Severino finishes 3rd in AL Cy Young voting

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino finished third behind the Indians' Corey Kluber, who earned 28 of 30 first-place votes en route to being named as the American League's Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday. Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale finished second, receiving the other two first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Pitching in his first full Major League season, Severino went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts, holding opponents to a .208 batting average and a miniscule .603 OPS. He ranked third in the AL in ERA and WHIP (1.04) fourth in strikeouts (230) and ninth in innings (193 1/3), while earning his first All-Star selection at age 23.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks not 'rushing against time' to name skip

Upon exiting GM Meetings, Cashman intends to continue interview process

Yanks not 'rushing against time' to name skip

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Satisfied that he accomplished as much as possible during the General Managers Meetings, Brian Cashman checked out of the hotel on Wednesday, eager to board his flight back to New York and resume the search for the Yankees' next manager on Thursday morning at Yankee Stadium.

"There was no managerial stuff down here, and we did that for a reason," Cashman said. "I didn't want it to interfere with connections with other clubs and the information gathering that we could provide. We tried to squeeze as much communication with the opposing clubs and the occasional agent dialogue into the small window when we were down here."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees long considered managerial change

Hal Steinbrenner: Younger team could benefit from fresh leadership

Yankees long considered managerial change

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A parade through the Canyon of Heroes might not have been enough to bring Joe Girardi back into the Yankees' dugout in 2018, according to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, who said on Wednesday that he had been considering a managerial change for several years.

"I'm sure there would have been more pressure [if the Yankees won the World Series]," Steinbrenner said. "It would've been a more difficult decision to make, but I still believe I would have made it because I felt that was what was best for the organization going forward."

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Cashman working out deal to remain with Yanks

Cashman working out deal to remain with Yanks

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though Brian Cashman's contract expired at the end of October, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday that a new agreement is in the works for the longtime Yankees general manager.

"Cash and I are still working out terms, but I will say Cash has told me he wants to stay, and I have told him that I want him to stay," Steinbrenner said. "Maybe it's a handshake deal with no terms at this point, but we're working on it. Obviously, he's been busy."

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Gardner honored with Heart & Hustle Award

Gardner honored with Heart & Hustle Award

NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was presented with the overall Heart & Hustle Award Tuesday night at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 18th annual Legends for Youth Dinner at Capitale in Manhattan.

"I was taught to play with a lot of passion, and to be recognized this way, voted on by fellow players, it means a lot to me," Gardner said. "I have to give credit to a lot of people. My dad taught me at an early age to play the game the right way. My wife Jessica pushes me every day to be better on and off the field, to be active in the community and give back. I'm thankful that I have a lot of good friends and family who have been with me the whole way."

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Mark Newman is Enterprise Editor for MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Woodward joins list of Yanks' candidates

LA's third-base coach to be interviewed for manager opening

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chris Woodward, the third-base coach of the National League-champion Dodgers, has surfaced as a candidate for the Yankees' managerial opening.

No interview has been scheduled with Woodward, 41, but a source told MLB.com that Woodward is being considered for the position. The club has not confirmed.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torres could make run at Opening Day roster

Cashman: Top prospect has chance to win 3rd-base job

Torres could make run at Opening Day roster

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The footsteps are growing louder. Gleyber Torres is among several Yankees prospects who could comprise the next wave of "Baby Bombers" at the big league level, as general manager Brian Cashman said that the No. 1 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com will have a legitimate chance to crack the Opening Day roster in 2018.

The 20-year-old Torres appeared to be on the fast track to the Bronx before an ugly slide into home plate resulted in season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow in June. Torres is expected to be fully recovered for Spring Training, and Cashman said that he believes Torres can give Chase Headley a run for the starting duties at third base.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashman talks Yanks' 2018 outfield, Ellsbury

GM plans to meet with agent about veteran OF, who has no-trade clause

Cashman talks Yanks' 2018 outfield, Ellsbury

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Last offseason, when it had become clear that Gary Sanchez represented the Yankees' future in shin guards, Brian McCann gave general manager Brian Cashman a green light to gauge the marketplace by agreeing to waive his no-trade clause. He was rewarded with a chance to hoist the World Series trophy with the Astros earlier this month.

Jacoby Ellsbury appears to be in a similar situation, with Cashman saying this week that he envisions Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge comprising his starting outfield in 2018. The GM said that he has not spoken to Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, about the possibility of moving the 34-year-old outfielder.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Unanimous decision: Judge named AL ROY

Slugger first Yankee to win award since Jeter in 1996

Unanimous decision: Judge named AL ROY

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just as the fans did all year long at Yankee Stadium, the voters were prepared to "All Rise." The verdict is in, and it was unanimous: Aaron Judge has been named the 2017 winner of the American League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

Named on all 30 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the hulking 25-year-old outfielder became the 22nd unanimous Rookie of the Year in Major League history, coming off a season in which Judge shattered Mark McGwire's 30-year-old record by belting a league-leading 52 home runs in his first full campaign.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Yanks bringing back Rothschild in '18

Pitching coach will be part of new manager's staff

Source: Yanks bringing back Rothschild in '18

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Larry Rothschild will return as the Yankees' pitching coach in 2018, regardless of who is hired as the club's new manager, a source told MLB.com on Monday. The club has not confirmed.

The Yankees have not made any official announcements regarding their coaching staff. Rob Thomson, the team's bench coach, recently interviewed with general manager Brian Cashman for the managerial position.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Never in doubt: Voters hit HR on ROY picks

Bellinger, Judge unanimous winners after record-breaking introductions

Never in doubt: Voters hit HR on ROY picks

There is not a whole lot to unpack in this discussion of the 2017 Rookie of the Year Awards: The Baseball Writers' Association of America voters definitely got it right. New York's Aaron Judge and Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger had historic rookie seasons. Judge set the American League (and Major League) rookie record for home runs with 52. Bellinger set the National League record with 39.

Judge led the AL in runs and walks, played excellent defense and powered the Yankees to a stunning playoff-bound season when most experts thought the Bronx Bombers were at least a year away from becoming a serious contender.

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Joe Posnanski is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK: Judge, Bellinger forever linked in history

Breakout stars voted unanimous Rookie of the Year Award winners

DYK: Judge, Bellinger forever linked in history

Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge dominated many of this year's headlines with performances that most seasoned veterans only dream of having.

On Monday, these supremely talented rookies were tied together in history when they became only the fourth pair of unanimous winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in Major League history. The previous unanimous pairs: Nomar Garciaparra and Scott Rolen (1997), Mike Piazza and Tim Salmon ('93) and Mark McGwire and Benito Santiago ('87).

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

GIFs of Aaron Judge, the AL Rookie of the Year

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GIFs of Aaron Judge, the AL Rookie of the Year

After an awe-inspiring first full season, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was unanimously named the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year on Monday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Mark Feinsand

Beltran may be perfect fit as Yanks' skipper

Recently retired outfielder hopes to manage in big leagues

Beltran may be perfect fit as Yanks' skipper

Carlos Beltran's playing days are over, but don't be surprised if he resurfaces in a big league dugout sometime in the near future.

Beltran -- who announced his retirement on Monday -- has spoken before about his desire to manage a team at some point, and while he doesn't know when that day will come, he's open to the idea of it being sooner rather than later.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks' Abreu stingy in Fall League win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Albert Abreu didn't have his best stuff, but made the pitches he needed to make and led Scottsdale to a 2-0 win over Surprise in the Arizona Fall League on Monday.

The Yankees No. 7 prospect threw 38 of his 66 pitches for strikes and cruised through five scoreless innings as Scottsdale snapped its five-game losing streak.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Beltran's next chapter only matter of time

Beltran's next chapter only matter of time

Carlos Beltran closed one spectacularly successful chapter of his baseball career on Monday when he announced his retirement. Good on you, Carlos. Not many players have checked as many boxes: 20 seasons, nine-time All-Star and solid Hall of Fame credentials (2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 565 doubles, 312 stolen bases.)

Best of all, Beltran went out the way every Major League player would like to go out: with the sweet burn of champagne in his eyes. The World Series ring he'll receive next spring from the Astros is the sweetest possible retirement gift.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks interview former M's, Tribe skip Wedge

Ex-big league catcher won 2007 AL Manager of the Year Award

Yanks interview former M's, Tribe skip Wedge

NEW YORK -- Eric Wedge was in the opposing dugout when Joe Torre experienced what he would call the greatest regret of his managerial career, unable to pull his Yankees off the field when a swarm of Lake Erie midges enveloped Joba Chamberlain during Game 2 of the 2007 American League Division Series.

Then on the way toward winning the AL Manager of the Year Award after guiding the Indians to a division crown, Wedge chuckled on Friday when the memory was presented to him. A decade later, Wedge is aiming to become the next man to inhabit the Yankees' managerial chair, having been the club's second interview of the offseason for its vacancy.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Rod reps Miami on College Gameday

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A-Rod reps Miami on College Gameday

ESPN's College Gameday headed down to South Beach on Saturday morning, in anticipation of the University of Miami's showdown with Notre Dame later tonight. In keeping with tradition, Lee Corso and the gang invited a celebrity guest to join them on set and make some picks at the end of the show -- and who better to represent the U than Miami native and Turnover Chain Aficionado Alex Rodriguez.

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Yankees' April 2018 games to start earlier

Yankees' April 2018 games to start earlier

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have announced a trial initiative for the 2018 season in which all Monday-Thursday evening home games in April will begin at 6:35 p.m. ET instead of the usual 7:05 p.m. start time.

The team said that the change is part of an effort to better accommodate the varying needs of the fans, continuing ongoing efforts to improve the fan experience for every guest at Yankee Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge, Sanchez win Silver Slugger Awards

Judge, Sanchez win Silver Slugger Awards

NEW YORK -- The powerful duo of Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez combined for 85 homers, the highest total by a pair of Yankees teammates since 1961, helping the "Baby Bombers" to each be recognized with their first American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday night.

Judge established a new rookie record with 52 homers as part of his stellar campaign, which has placed him in position to join Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players to win both AL MVP and AL Rookie of the Year Awards in the same season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks, USO compile care packages for troops

Yanks, USO compile care packages for troops

NEW YORK -- The Yankees and the USO teamed up to honor veterans with the Holiday for Heroes initiative on Friday morning, as 250-plus volunteers helped assemble more than 5,000 care packages for active-duty service members in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall.

YES Network broadcasters David Cone and Michael Kay were on hand to lend their support to the cause, along with Yankees front-office employees and veterans. Volunteers from Delta, Disney, FedEx, Just Born and MetLife also participated.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.