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Indians Hot Corner: Around the League—Selig to retire; MVP, Cy Young Races

By Ryan Lewis Published: September 29, 2013

- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday announced that he is set to retire in January 2015, making next season his last at helm of professional baseball. His term of 22 years saw a significant growth in attendance and revenue but is marred by a canceled World Series and the steroids scandals of the past 15 years. Selig, 79, said in a statement that he looks forward to "addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term." His term would be the second longest in history, behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who served from 1920 to 1944. 

- The San Francisco Giants signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a five-year, $90-million deal this week, pending a physical over the weekend. Pence is batting .287 with 27 home runs and 96 RBI this season. He was set to become a free agent this winter. 
- The American League Wild Card is the lone race still undecided. The Boston Red Sox (97-63), Oakland Athletics (95-65) and Detroit Tigers (93-67) will be the division winners. In the National League, the Atlanta Braves (95-65), St. Louis Cardinals (95-65) and Los Angeles Dodgers (92-68) have their divisions wrapped up, while the Pittsburgh Pirates (93-68) will host the Cincinnati Reds (90-71) in the Wild Card game. 
- The AL MVP race looks pretty much the same from 365 days ago. Mike Trout is leaving the field behind in WAR and causing a stir among the sabermetric fans. But Miguel Cabrera (.347 BA, 44 HRs, 137 RBI) is putting up offensive numbers for a second straight season only connected to names like Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and he's led the Tigers to another Central Division title. Trout (.323 BA, 26 HR, 94 RBI, 33 SB) has closed the gap as of late, though, while Cabrera deals with a groin/abdomen injury. Chris Davis is third with a .285 average, 52 home runs and 137 RBI. 
- The AL Cy Young race is led by the Tigers' Max Scherzer, who has a 21-3 record to go with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts. Behind him is Chris Sale of the White Sox (11-14, 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts) and Yu Darvish of the Rangers (13-9, 2.82 ERA, 269 strikeouts). 
- The NL Cy Young belongs to Clayton Kershaw, who some believe could have an argument for MVP. Kershaw is 15-9 with a 1.88 ERA and 224 strikeouts. The next two closest are Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey, who were both shut down after Fernandez hit his innings limit and Harvey tore his ulnar collateral ligament. 
- The probable NL MVP leader is Andrew McCutchen, who has led the Pirates to their first winning season in 20 years. He has a .318 batting average to go with 20 home runs, 83 RBI and 27 stolen bases. Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a case as well with 36 home runs, 124 RBI and a .303 average.  


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