No Gold Glove love for Crawford, Giants

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No Gold Glove love for Crawford, Giants

DETROIT The Presidential election is one week away, butwhat the heck. Lets demand a recount already.

You have to wonder what NL managers and coaches werethinking as they watched the Giants put on a defensive display during threerounds of the playoffs, culminating in a dazzling, four-game sweep of theDetroit Tigers in the World Series.

Maybe it was something like this: Doh!

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The finalists were announced Monday for the AL and NL GoldGlove awards, and not a single Giant made the top four at any position. Its anespecially dopey oversight at shortstop, where Brandon Crawford didnt crack alist that includes Jimmy Rollins, Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes and Zack Cozart.

All of those shortstops ply their trade in the Eastern timezone, by the way.

Crawfords UZR150 wasnt the highest in the NL amongshortstops. The Astros Clint Barmes was tops by a wide margin, at 15.3.But Crawford was second at 9.7, and we think the Astros actually played in the Pacific Coast League this season. Reyes, by the way, received a negative rating.

If you like your defensive stats to be more missionary,Rollins committed the fewest errors among the finalists with 13 and Reyescommitted the most with 18 the same number that Crawford had, although adozen of them came in the first two months of the season. Rollins had the best fielding percentage, at .978, but that can be misleading. Any Phillies observer could tell you that Rollins is getting to far fewer balls than he used to.

Most Giants fans would probably just use the eyeball test totell you Crawford was the class of the NL.

Angel Pagan didnt register among center fielders and BusterPosey didnt make the list of catchers. First baseman Brandon Belt, who pickedthrows and dived into the stands, got no glove love, either.

Gregor Blanco probably ranked as the Giants best defensiveplayer after Crawford, but he wasnt enough of an everyday player from Junethrough August to warrant consideration. Doesnt make all those catches anyless memorable, though especially the one that saved Matt Cains perfectgame.

To reiterate: Managers and coaches vote on the Gold Glove.They turned in their ballots in the final week of the regular season.

So dont take out your fury on the nearest BBWAA member.

But if theres a silver lining to this Gold Glove snub, itsthat Crawford and others received plenty of national exposure during the WorldSeries. So maybe hell be at the forefront of minds at the end of next season.

He might not even have to hit .250.

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

Dodgers trade top pitching prospect to Rays for 2B Forsythe

The Dodgers' months-long search for a second baseman is over.

Los Angeles has acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Rays, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Dodgers are sending top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay.

In 127 games for the Rays in 2016, the 30-year-old Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 24 doubles, 20 home runs and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is set to make $7 million in 2017 and has a team option worth $8.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2018.

De Leon, 24, made his major league debut for the Dodgers during the 2016 season. In four starts, he posted a 6.35 ERA while striking out 15 batters in 17 innings. In 16 startts for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, De Leon registered a 2.61 ERA and struck out 111 batters in just 86.1 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, De Leon was recently ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Baseball America.

For most of the offseason, the Dodgers had been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but the two sides couldn't come together on a deal.

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

Spring training to be slightly shortened starting in 2018

NEW YORK -- For everyone who thinks spring training is too long, help is on the way - a little, anyway.

Spring training will be shortened by two days starting in 2018, when new restrictions in Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement take effect on game times for regular-season getaway days.

The voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players will be 43 days before the major league opener instead of 45, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press. For other players, the date will be 38 days ahead instead of 40.

The change was tied to spreading each team's 162 regular-season games over 187 days, up from 183.

Players' association Assistant General Counsel Matt Nussbaum said the union's goal was to create more days off during the season "in a way that doesn't just chew up offseason days."

"We have heard for years and I'm sure we will continue to hear that spring training is too long, that guys are really ready to go well before opening day, but I think what the commissioner's office would tell you is that there are big challenges for the clubs in substantially shortening spring training because they have various commitments to put on a certain number of games," he said Monday.

Late arrival times ahead of regular-season series openers also were addressed.

Starting in 2018, the latest possible start time on getaway days when either team is traveling to a game in another city the next day or a home off day will be calculated by subtracting the time of the flight over 2½ hours from 7 p.m.

There are cutouts for Sunday night games broadcast by ESPN and games after June 1 at Texas' current home ballpark - where the Rangers avoid afternoons for much of the season because of the heat.

Another new rule for 2018 says no game in the original schedule may be set for before 5 p.m. when a team played the previous night in another city starting 7 p.m. or later. There are exceptions involving flights of 90 minutes or less for home openers and holiday weekends. Current cutouts are carried over for up to six exceptions each season at Chicago's Wrigley Field and rescheduled games involving flights of 90 minutes or less.

"We fully recognize that our players play a very demanding schedule, and we're always looking for ways to ease the burden on players while at the same time scheduling games at a convenient time for our fans to watch them," MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said.

Sunday night games on holiday weekends followed by afternoon games still seem likely to occur.

"We have contracts with various national broadcast partners that limit our ability to schedule day games in certain instances," Halem said.

Nussbaum said if the players had their way, there would be "a flat rule that says all getaway games are day games" but understand why that would cause difficulty for teams.

"There's still going to be some challenges in the schedule," he said, "but we think what we've done with these two prongs is pare back the most egregious of the travel."

As part of the agreement, one game in the major leagues may be scheduled each year on the Thursday after the All-Star Game starting in 2018.