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Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman both finish in top 10 in AL MVP voting – Twin Cities

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Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson were the Orioles’ top two draft picks in 2019. Each reached the majors in 2022. In 2023, they both finished in the top 10 in American League Most Valuable Player voting .

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani as the unanimous AL MVP Thursday night, with Henderson placing eighth and Rutschman ninth in voting. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was the National League winner, also by unanimous decision.

It’s the first time two Orioles have finished in the top 10 since 2013, when Chris Davis finished third and Manny Machado ninth. Henderson’s finish is Baltimore’s highest in MVP voting since Machado placed fifth in 2016. An Oriole hasn’t been named MVP since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1991.

Like Machado a decade ago, Henderson and Rutschman were in their first full seasons in 2023. Named AL Rookie of the Year on Monday, Henderson hit .255/.325/.489 with 28 home runs and 82 runs scored products. The 22-year-old infielder was named on 21 of 30 BBWAA ballots, ranking fifth overall.

Rutschman missed much of the first two months of 2022, but finished 12th in AL MVP voting in addition to being a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year. In 2023, the 25-year-old catcher hit .277/.374/.435 with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs. He received fourth place among the 17 ballots he submitted.

This isn’t the first time Rutschman and Henderson have clashed. The Orioles drafted Rutschman first overall in 2019 and took Henderson 42nd overall in the second round. Rutschman entered 2022 as Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect, and Henderson held the same status heading into 2023, the first time two players from the same team draft class were the sport’s top prospects over the past few years. consecutive years. This season, they have often occupied the top two spots on manager Brandon Hyde’s roster, with the pair both winning Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performance.

No other Orioles received votes for the final BBWAA award. In addition to Henderson’s victory, Hyde was named AL Manager of the Year and right-hander Kyle Bradish placed fourth in the AL Cy Young Award balloting, with closer Felix Bautista also appearing on the ballots.

All four Orioles players who received awards votes – Henderson, Rutschman, Bradish and Bautista – made their major league debuts in 2022; Rutschman and Bautista are not expected to become free agents until after the 2027 season, with Henderson and Bradish under team control through 2028. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, who drafted Rutschman and Henderson and acquired Bradish in a trade deal, said the Orioles have young players they would like to sign to contract extensions.

“A lot of the calculus in keeping this franchise healthy is looking for or looking at opportunities to possibly keep some of these guys around longer,” Elias said last month.

Atlanta to host the 2025 All-Star Game

Orioles CEO and president John Angelos said he views the Braves stadium and surrounding area as a model of what Camden Yards can be. Another aspect to copy was presented on Thursday.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Truist Park in Atlanta would host the 2025 All-Star Game. Camden Yards, which has not hosted the event since its second season in 1993, was reportedly on the shortlist for the 2025 Midsummer Classic, but will now have to wait until at least 2027, with the 2026 All-Star Game taking place in Philadelphia in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Not counting the Tampa Bay Rays, who have never hosted an All-Star Game since entering the league in 1998, only three teams have waited longer than the Orioles: the Toronto Blue Jays (1991), the Chicago (1990) and the Oakland Athletics (1987). MLB owners unanimously approved the A’s move to Las Vegas on Thursday.

The Braves last hosted the event in 2000 and were scheduled to do so in 2021 before MLB moved the event to Denver after the Georgia state legislature passed a law restricting voters’ rights.

The Orioles’ lease at Camden Yards expires Dec. 31, although the club has a non-binding memorandum of understanding in place with the state. Through a long-term deal, the team would have access to $600 million in public funds to upgrade the stadium’s infrastructure, which could contribute to the future hosting of an All-Star Game.

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