Earlier today, Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay became the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, and the 16th multiple winner.
Here's the final voting:
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies 224
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals 122
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies 90
Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves 39
Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins 34
Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros/Philadelphia Phillies 14
Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants 7
Heath Bell, San Diego Padres 4
Mat Latos, San Diego Padres 4
Brett Myers, Houston Astros 2
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 2
Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds 1
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants 1
A reader asked for my reaction to a tweet from SI.com's Jon Heyman that the Orioles hold serious interest in free agent Adrian Beltre. Considering how little the market offers in the way of third basemen, there's no reason to be surprised.
Beltre has been linked to the Orioles for months. I've written it, The Sun's written it, MLB.com's written it.
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail will sit down with agent Scott Boras in Orlando next month - no way Beltre is signing early - and they'll try to avoid driving up his price for another team.
Do I think the Orioles end up with Beltre? No. I'm always skeptical about a big-time signing, which is unfortunate. I think they're more likely to find their third baseman via trade. But again, I'm just going with my gut here.
Former Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez re-signed with the Reds, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal.
Hernandez batted .297 with seven homers and 48 RBIs in 97 games this season.
The Reds offered to give him an additional $1 million each time he blocked the plate, but he declined.
Bob Watson, MLB's Vice President of Rules and On-Field Operations, has announced his retirement from baseball at the end of the year after serving more than 45 years in the game as a player, coach and executive.
Watson oversees player discipline for infractions on the field, the pace of game program, uniform policy, stadium configurations and other on-field matters.
I'll always remember him as the guy who scored the one millionth run in baseball history. He's also the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues.
I recently asked Double-A Bowie pitching coach Kennie Steenstra about reliever Wynn Pelzer, acquired over the summer in the Miguel Tejada trade.
"His stuff's good," Steenstra said. "He has a nice sinker. He throws in the low 90s, up to 93, 94 with movement. All three pitches, including his slider and changeup, are good, as well. It's a matter of harnessing them and being able to throw all three for strikes. It's a matter of being able to repeat his delivery. He's a funky guy, with a lot of movement in his body. That's one of the things we hope he can iron out in Arizona. The stuff's there. He just has to show more consistency. He shows it in spurts right now. He's got to do it on a consistent basis."
Baseball America projects Pelzer to be the Orioles' closer in 2014.
"I'm pretty sure he was a closer in college and the Padres moved him into a starting role," Steenstra said. "He was starting in the Texas League and had just moved to the bullpen when we got him in the trade. It's something he's done in the past.
"We used him mainly in the sixth, seventh and eighth. It's hard to say what he'll fall into down the line. I'd like to get a little bit better read on him next year and see what he looks like on a more consistent basis. He's got the stuff to be a backend guy. I'm not sure about the ninth inning, but we'll see."
The Baysox are offering a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features six undated lower reserved seat tickets, a free Jake Arrieta bobblehead doll and the choice of either $15 in Baysox Bucks or a replica Baysox road baseball cap. The package is available at www.baysox.com for $79.95, with $5.95 shipping and handling.
The adjustable hat is black with a black bill and the Baysox logo. The Baysox bucks serve as currency at Prince George's Stadium and shouldn't be confused with Syd Thrift's confederate money.
Fans also can call the Baysox front office at 301-464-4880 for more information. You can avoid the shipping and handling charge if you pick up the package at the ballpark. Orders must be received before Dec. 15 to guarantee delivery before Christmas.