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Rockies’ Daniel Bard finishing up improbable season on a high note

entered spring training not even knowing if he would make the Colorado Rockies roster. After all, a case of the yips almost ruined his career and he had thrown his last big-league pitch on April 27, 2013, against the Astros. Now he’s one of the best stories of the season. “I’ve never stopped having fun — at least not this season,” Bard said. (Denver Post)

Catcher Jacob Stallings voted Pittsburgh Pirates’ MVP by sports writers

Not only did solidify the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting catcher spot, but he became the Pirates’ most productive player, shining during an otherwise dreary season. On Thursday, he was chosen for the Roberto Clemente Award as the Pirates’ MVP, as voted by members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. (TribLive.com)

After walkoff, could a Gold Glove be in Jacob Stallings’ future?

After watching his dad crack a walkoff home run on Tuesday night, Emmitt Stallings was most exciting by seeing fireworks shoot off around PNC Park, as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 3-2. Stallings’ teammates and coaches were thrilled that their workhorse catcher had a special moment. One that may be a precursor to a bigger celebration — a Gold Glove. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC Baseball: MLB Tar Heels Update (9/23/20)

As things stand today, only two Tar Heels will make the MLB playoffs. and the St. Louis Cardinals currently hold the fifth seed in the National League as the second team out of the Central Division. The other player is and his Toronto Blue Jays teammates, who are currently locked into the second Wild Card in the American League. (All Tar Heels)

Latest save nets Andrew Miller $12 million

With his flawless ninth inning Sunday, reliever secured more than a Cardinals win and his third save of the season. He assured a $12-million salary for 2021. Miller made his 14th appearance of the season, and due to an agreement between owners and the players’ union, that was enough to trigger a vesting option on his contract. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

How Steven Brault’s complete trust in Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings led to a complete game

Steven Brault knew he was in good hands with , who cleared waivers after being designated for assignment early last season before winning the starting job. Stallings has become so adept at calling and framing pitches that Shelton has advocated for him to win the Gold Glove, and his handling of Brault’s complete game made for a strong case. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Albert Tally was UNC baseball’s undisputed No. 1 fan

If UNC baseball played within driving distance, Albert Tally was there. And to fully understand Tally, you must realize: his definition of “driving distance” was very loose. Seven hours each way to Pittsburgh from his home in Bear Creek? 11 hours south to Miami or northwest to Notre Dame? 18 hours to Omaha, Nebraska, home of the College World Series? It didn’t matter. (Chatham News & Record)

Royals Place Matt Harvey On Injured List

The Royals announced Wednesday that they’ve placed on the injured list due to a lat strain. Harvey seems likely to be done for the year in the wake of this injury. The former Mets ace had hoped this latest comeback attempt would prove more fruitful than previous efforts, but Harvey turned in his worst numbers to date at the MLB level. (MLB Trade Rumors)

‘A joy to throw to’: Jacob Stallings netting lofty praise for defense

sat atop the brick backstop at Wrigley Field Sunday and smiled. Having crashed into the protective netting to snag a foul pop from Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, Stallings chuckled at his brief brush with disaster and matter-of-factly tossed the ball back to pitcher Sam Howard, another fine defensive play in the books. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council creates voter registration initiative

Despite the uncertainty concerning many details of their upcoming sports seasons, UNC athletes are still finding a way to make their mark. This fall, an athlete-led voter initiative is working toward 100 percent voter registration among eligible athletes on UNC's 28 varsity sports teams. The project is organizing a voter registration drive. (Daily Tar Heel)
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