Ohtani and Acuna Win Rookie Honors, Durant and Green Argue, Beckham and Manning Win

Jonathan Grant | November 13th, 2018

Major League Baseball had one of the most exciting seasons in a long time in regards to young players. There has rarely been this much excitement around the game as we had this season, and it was with good reason. That’s because we had a pitcher that also hit! And we also had a player that played with incredibly high energy that would crack home runs on the first pitch repeatedly. It’s fitting, then, that Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna, Jr. were crowned the Rookies of the Year on Monday. Ohtani won the AL ROTY, earning 25 of the 30 votes, and he becomes the fourth Japanese player to win the award. He hit .285 and smashed 22 home runs as a DH, all in limited appearances due to a combination of injuries and being rested for his pitching stints. On the mound, he was 4-2 in ten starts and had an ERA of 3.31, showing real potential in both positions. Acuna, the NL ROTY, got 27 of the first-place votes to dominate the voting. The 20 year old from Venezuela had an infectious energy from the beginning for the Atlanta Braves that helped carry them throughout a season few saw coming. Acuna had done well prior to the All-Star break, but he hit his stride after it when he was put at the time of the order. In those 68 games he played, he hit .322 with 19 home runs. Eight of them were leadoff home runs, which gave him the second-most in MLB history for a rookie. At one point he hit five leadoff homers in a row. It’s a great day for baseball to see these two do so well, and the hope is that they will be around for a long while to do so!


In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors lost on Monday night in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers 121-116. But that isn’t going to be the story the media talks about. Rather, it is the fact that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green- two of the key pieces of the puzzle- got into an argument with each other at the end of regulation when Green didn’t pass the ball. The team has quickly tried to downplay the argument, and it most likely wasn’t really a big deal. But that won’t stop the speculation. Some will opine that this indicates Durant will look to leave. Or maybe Green will try to leave. Who knows, but at first glance this just looks to be two competitive guys that just really wanted to win.

And finally, the New York Giants got a rare win on Monday Night Football by defeating the even-more woeful San Francisco 49ers 27-23 out west. The game was headlined by Odell Beckham, Jr, who caught two TD’s on four receptions, and then his subsequent celebration. But Eli Manning also had a big part in the game, leading a touchdown drive with less than three minutes left to give them a lead after Robbie Gould had put the Niners up 23-20. It’s just the second win of the season for the Giants, who remain essentially out of the playoff race barring a miracle.

Next Article
  • Giannis Takes NBA MVP

    Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially named NBA MVP on Monday night, beating out James Harden and Paul George in order to become the third youngest in the last 40 years to win the award. In doing so, he became the fifth player born outside of the United States to take those honors, and he did so...

    Read More
  • Mets Reportedly In Major Mess

    According to sources with inside knowledge of the New York Mets, the team’s front office is involved with making decisions in-game. The news comes as a major shock, since this is not the form for baseball by any means. Current GM Brodie van Wagenen, in his first season with the club, has denied that he...

    Read More
  • US Advances With Two PK’s

    The United States Women’s Soccer team didn’t have the easiest of times on Monday against Spain, but they figured out a way to grind and grit their way past the underdogs to win their Round of 16 clash 2-1 and set up an intriguing quarterfinal against hosts France on Friday. The Americans got an early...

    Read More
  • Italy To Host 2026 Winter Olympics

    For the second time in 20 years, Italy will play host to the Winter Olympics, as it was confirmed on Monday in Lausanne that it would be so. Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, precisely, will be the specific hosts, following up the 2006 edition that took place in Torino. The other contender, though most saw Milan...

    Read More
  • Dodgers Top Rockies With Walkoff

    The Los Angeles Dodgers apparently cannot be stopped, so learned the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. With a very rare chance to down the 54-23 NL West leaders, the Rockies were unable to make it stick, falling 6-3 in the end. The bad news is that another fan was struck with a...

    Read More
  • Alonso Passes Strawberry

    Pete Alonso has become the all-time greatest rookie power hitter for the New York Mets as of Sunday afternoon when he belted his 27th home run of his maiden campaign to see him pass Darryl Strawberry. Unlike the club legend, however, Alonso has only taken 77 games to reach that number, well ahead of the...

    Read More
  • WWC Controversies

    Instant replay has become a hot button issue in the world of sports, and soccer version of it- VAR- has been perhaps the MVP, if you can call it that, of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That idea didn’t slow down much on Sunday as controversy reigned in both matches. First up was underdog...

    Read More
  • Reavie Grabs Elusive Win

    After 11 long years of waiting, Chez Reavie is once again a winner on the PGA Tour, taking home the Travelers Championship on Sunday with a total of -17 for the week, four clear shots ahead of second place Keegan Bradley in the end. After a 63 on Saturday, he had a massive six shot...

    Read More