Milwaukee Brewers star and 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich signed a nine-year, $215million contract with the MLB franchise.

Yelich will remain in Milwaukee through at least 2028 after signing a seven-year extension to his previous deal with the Brewers.

The lucrative deal includes a mutual option for 2029 – star outfielder Yelich, who was traded to the Brewers by the Miami Marlins in 2018, would be aged 37 that season.

"I'm really glad that I'm able to spend the foreseeable future here -- the rest of my career as a Milwaukee Brewer," two-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Yelich told reporters during Friday's news conference.

"I've said many times that I've only been here two years, but it feels like it's been a lot longer. Ever since I came here, it just felt like a natural fit."

"This is a place where I wanted to play and where I wanted to be," 2014 Gold Glove winner Yelich, who suffered a fractured kneecap in September, said. "I realise that I had three years before free agency, but above all else, I meant it when I said that I want to finish my career as a Milwaukee Brewer.

"Not only that, I want to be a part of winning teams as a Milwaukee Brewer. That's very important to myself. It's a large sum of money and people are always going to ask the 'what-if's' -- did you leave [money on the table] or not? -- but I play the game to win, and to be a part of a place that I feel comfortable and I take pride in representing. For me, this is that place.

"That's how I made this decision. It wasn't one that I took lightly. I spent a lot of time talking about it with my family and my representatives. At the end day, we felt that this was right."

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell signed a three-year contract extension, the MLB franchise confirmed.

Wednesday's announcement will see Counsell, 49, remain in Milwaukee until at least 2023.

Counsell – already the longest-tenured manager in the National League – has guided the Brewers to back-to-back playoff appearances since taking over in May 2015.

"Look, you know this job doesn't have much security. That's what it tells you, right?" Counsell said. "I think we've taken steps to put the franchise in a good place.

"That's going to be the job moving forward -- to keep it in a good place and to keep us contending for playoff appearances and World Series titles. That's our mission going forward, and hopefully with some stability, that helps us do that."

Counsell, who has amassed a 405-381 record since being appointed, was entering the final year of his contract with the Brewers.

"I think [continuity] is one of the reasons we've been successful," Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said.

Stearns added: "I'd say one of the reasons Craig and I have been able to forge a relationship that has worked is because neither of us 'sell.

"We discuss and we talk, but no one is trying to sell anything. We're able to have conversations where we discuss what's in the best interest of our organisation and what's in the best interest of the team. That's where the focus is."

 

 

Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado and Boston Red Sox sensation Mookie Betts highlighted the 2019 Gold Glove Award winners.

MLB announced the winners on Sunday and there were several first-time winners, including Lorenzo Cain of the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger.

The list of winners features the St Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor, JT Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.

Cleveland and the Oakland Athletics lead the American League with two winners each, while the Arizona Diamondbacks boast three winners in the National League.

Houston Astros ace Zack Greinke and Arizona's Mike Leake each won the award at their respective positions despite being traded to the AL and NL at the deadline in July.

The awards are determined by a vote among managers and coaches, and since 2013, a 25 per cent calculation is based on defensive metrics. 

 

MLB 2019 Gold Glove Winners

American League

1B Matt Olson, Athletics
2B Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox
3B Matt Chapman, Athletics
SS Francisco Lindor, Indians
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
RF Mookie Bett, Red Sox
C Roberto Perez, Indians
P Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks

National League

1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B Kolten Wong, Cardinals
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks
LF David Peralta, Diamondbacks
CF Lorenzo Cain, Brewers
RF Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
C JT Realmuto, Phillies
P Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

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