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CBS Sports has reported that Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to a $325 million contract extension with the Major League Baseball club which will run for the next 13 years. The new deal represents the biggest-ever contract in the history of North American professional sports. The 25-year-old player was also given an opt-out and no-trade clause and his contract surpasses the $293 million deal that Miguel Cabrera signed with the Detroit Tigers earlier this year. Stanton will be eligible to opt out of the deal when he reaches the age of 30 and that will enable him to sign an even better contract.
NHL Rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick of the San Jose Sharks made history on Sunday, November 16 when he shutout the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. It was the 25-year-old’s first-ever game in the NHL and he made 45 saves to earn the shutout in his debut, which is a new league record. The last goalie to make 40 saves in their first NHL game was Mike Fountain of the Vancouver Canucks back in 1996 and the previous record of 41 saves in an NHL debut shutout was set by Andre Gill of the Boston Bruins in 1967.
It didn’t come as much of a surprise when Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw was named the National League’s Cy Young Award winner for the 2014 season. Kershaw put up some spectacular numbers this campaign and has now taken the trophy home for the third time in his career. He also won the award in 2011 and 2013. Kershaw was so good this year that he was named the 2014 National League MVP as well. If there was a downside to the 26-year-old’s season it came in the playoffs when the left-hander struggled.
However, the Cy Young and MVP awards are based on the regular season only and Kershaw deserved the honours by posting a 21-3 won/loss record along with a minuscule ERA of 1.77. Kershaw’s excellent ERA this season means he now has the lowest career ERA for a starting pitcher since back in 1969. After the 1968 campaign MLB lowered the pitcher’s mound as a way to increase offense. Kershaw has a career ERA of 2.48 and that’s better than any starting pitcher who has thrown a minimum of 1,000 innings.
You must be quite a baseball player if you can take home the American League’s most valuable player award after having your worst full season in the Major Leagues. That’s exactly what happened to 23-year-old Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as he was honoured with the 2014 AL MVP award following his worst season statistically in the big leagues so far. Of course, Trout’s worst season was regarded as being better than anyone else’s best this year and it’s hard to argue with his selection. Ironically, he was the runner-up for the award the past two years as it went to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a brutal start in the NBA with a 1-5 record after their first half dozen games and the fans aren’t too happy about it. They’re also not too thrilled with veteran point guard Steve Nash as he’s been ruled out for the entire season due to a back injury. What has the Lakers’ fans especially peeved about the Nash situation is that the player recently posted photos and videos on his Instagram account which showed him engaging in physical activities.
The 40-year-old Nash didn’t use the best judgment when he released a video of himself hitting golf balls along with photos of himself and his partner during a hike in a canyon. A lot of Lakers fans figured if he’s healthy enough to drive golf balls and go hiking then he should be healthy enough to play basketball. Nash took so much flak for the images on his Instagram account that he eventually deleted them.
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