Alex Bregman

Alexander David Bregman (born March 30, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). As a 16-year-old high school sophomore in 2010, Bregman became the first high school player to win the USA Baseball Player of the Year Award. As a junior the following year he batted .678, while setting a New Mexico season record with 19 home runs. In three years of college baseball for Louisiana State University (LSU), Bregman was voted the 2013 National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, won the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award as the country's best college shortstop, and was a two-time All-American.[1] Toward the end of his junior year of college, he was selected by the Houston Astros with the second pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft.

In the minor leagues he was named a 2016 AA mid-season All Star, and the 2016 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year, MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year, and ESPN Prospect of the Year. Bregman made his MLB debut in July 2016. Bregman started 2017 as the youngest member of Team USA, which won the gold medal in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and ended the season winning the 2017 World Series with the Astros. He was named MVP of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, and led the American League in doubles in 2018.

Alex Bregman
Alex Bregman during his at-bat, March 2, 2019 (cropped 2)
Bregman with the Astros in 2019
Houston Astros – No. 2
Third baseman / Shortstop
Born: March 30, 1994 (age 25)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 25, 2016, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through July 15, 2019)
Batting average.279
Home runs82
Runs batted in267
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Bregman is Jewish and was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2] He was a member of Albuquerque's Congregation Albert growing up and lived in the Northeast Heights section of Albuquerque.[3][4] His father, Sam Bregman, and his mother, Jackie Bregman (née De Oliveira), are both lawyers, and he has two younger siblings, Jessica and Anthony (A.J.).[5][6] Bregman's brother A.J. is also a baseball player, and was selected by the Astros in the 35th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.[7][8][9] His father played baseball as a freshman for the University of New Mexico Lobos in 1982, a team for which his uncle Ben Bregman also played; they both originally moved to Albuquerque to play baseball for the college on baseball scholarships.[10][11][12][13][14] His father was also a part owner, starting in 2006, of the NBA Development League’s New Mexico Thunderbirds.[4][12][14]

His grandfather Stan Bregman was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants.[10][11][15] His grandfather was general counsel for the Washington Senators from the late 1960s until the team moved to Texas in 1971 in a sale that he negotiated, and he helped the club sign Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the team's general manager.[10][11][16] His grandfather saw all of his games in high school.[13] His great-grandfather Samuel "Bo" Bregman immigrated from Russia to Washington, D.C., around 1900 at age 11 to escape Russian anti-Jewish pogroms, and ultimately married Sadie Hurwitz.[17] He promoted boxing cards that featured, among others, Joe Louis, Billy Conn, and Bob Foster.[14][15][18][19] He was also part of the ownership group with George Preston Marshall that moved the Boston Redskins to Washington, D.C., to become the Washington Redskins.

Bregman began playing tee-ball at age 4. In his first game, he turned an unassisted triple play by catching a line drive, tagging a runner, and then stepping on second base.[4][6] He was a batboy for the University of New Mexico baseball team, and in 2004 served as a batboy for a game against Arizona State University and his then favorite baseball player, Dustin Pedroia.[20][21] Bregman attended Albuquerque Academy.[20] His best friend is Blake Swihart, who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bregman and Swihart played travel ball together growing up.[20][21][22]

High school career

Bregman was coached on travel baseball teams during his high school years at the Albuquerque Academy by Ryan Kellner and Jason Columbus, who in 2002 played for Louisiana State University (LSU) as a reserve first baseman.[5] Bregman primarily played catcher.[23]

In 2009, Bregman led his high school team to a state championship as a freshman playing shortstop. He batted leadoff in a lineup loaded with home run power, hitting for an average of .514 with three home runs, including one during the championship game that left Isotopes Park, the Dodgers' Class AAA team park.[5][12][24][25] At the October 2010 COPABE Pan American Baseball Championships in Lagos de Mareno, Mexico, while he was a sophomore, he batted .564 for the gold-medal-winning 16-and-under USA National Team, and was named the MVP.[24][26] That year, at the age of 16, he became the first high school player to win the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award.[4][5][12][27]

In 2011, he batted .678 as a junior in high school, and established a season record in New Mexico with 19 home runs.[5][6][28] Bregman was named first team All-State, and received All-Metro honors and All-District honors.[5] In the fall of that year he led the 18-and-under U.S. National Team to a gold medal at the International Baseball Federation World Championships.[5]

Bregman was originally projected to be a first-round draft pick out of high school. That changed, however, when he shattered the second knuckle on his right throwing hand in the fifth game of his high school senior season, while using his bare hand to deflect a bad hop on a ground ball.[4][10][29][30] The injury made him miss most of his senior season.[4][10][29] He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft as a second baseman, after he made clear that he would not sign with any team unless it picked him in the first round.[29][31][32] He elected not to sign with the Red Sox.[31][32] Instead, he chose to attend LSU.[31]

College career

Alex Bregman at Baum Stadium
Bregman playing shortstop for LSU at Baum Stadium

At LSU, Bregman majored in sports administration.[5] He also played shortstop for the LSU Tigers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[5] He wore number 30 as a freshman, reflecting the 30 teams that had passed on him in the first round of the 2012 draft.[29]

In 2013, he batted .369/.417/.546 with 104 hits (second in the nation), 18 doubles (third in the SEC), seven triples, six homers, 52 RBIs, 59 runs, and 16 steals in 17 attempts, and had a 23-game hitting streak.[5][10][33] Bregman won the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award as the country's best college shortstop.[34] He was also voted first-team All-American by Baseball America, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Perfect Game, and the Jewish Sports Review. In addition, he was named the 2013 National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), and was voted 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year and first-team all-SEC by the league coaches.[5][10][35][36][37] Moreover, he was named 2013 ABCA First-Team All-South Region, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Baton Rouge Regional Most Outstanding Player, Louisiana Freshman of the Year, and SEC Player of the Week (March 25, 2013), and named to the 2013 USA Collegiate National Team (for which he batted .361).[5][38]

In 2014, he batted .316/.397/.455 with 16 doubles, 6 home runs, 35 runs, and 12 stolen bases.[5][33] Bregman was voted 2014 second-team all-SEC, NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, SEC All-Tournament Team, Second-Team All-Louisiana, and named to the 2014 USA Collegiate National Team.[5] He shared an apartment that season with teammate and future fellow major league All Star Aaron Nola.[39]

In 2015, Bregman batted .312/.406/.534 with 22 doubles (tops in the SEC), 9 home runs, 49 RBIs, 37 stolen bases (leading the SEC, and the second-most steals in a season in LSU history), and 206 assists (leading the conference), led the nation's No. 1-ranked baseball team to the College World Series, and won LSU's Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU Baseball program.[32][40][41][42][43][44] He was also voted the Rawlings Gold Glove winner at shortstop by the ABCA, and voted first-team All-American by both Baseball America and the NCBWA for the second time, First Team D1Baseball, First Team Perfect Game, and Second Team Collegiate Baseball.[45][46][47][48]

He was one of four finalists for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the nation's top college player and won by outfielder Andrew Benintendi.[49] Also, he was a candidate once more for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award that he had won in 2013.[50][51]

In 190 career games at LSU, Bregman batted .338/.412/.520, with 66 strikeouts and 87 walks in 761 at bats.[52]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Going into the draft, Bregman was lauded for his sense of the strike zone, bat speed, and ability to make frequent contact and strike out infrequently.[53][54][55] He was also praised for his good range to both sides, first-step quickness, and instincts at shortstop, strong arm, good speed, and smart baserunning.[4][53][54][56]

The Houston Astros selected Bregman with the second overall selection in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.[42][30] He became the fifth LSU Tiger to be drafted in the first round in seven years, the highest-drafted position player in LSU's history, and the second-highest overall behind pitcher Ben McDonald (1989).[29][57] He is the highest-ever-drafted player from New Mexico, ahead of 9th-picked pitchers Jim Kremmel (1971) and Duane Ward (1982), and the second-highest-ever drafted Jewish player, behind Ron Blomberg (1967).[58][59]

TV analyst and former major league second baseman Harold Reynolds said he believed Bregman projected as a major league second baseman, rather than a shortstop.[30] However, Bregman believes he can play shortstop in the majors, and said that every team that contacted him leading up to the draft had said the same.[30] LSU head coach Paul Mainieri opined: "If you don’t think Alex Bregman can play shortstop at the Major League level, you don’t know the first thing about baseball."[23] Mike Elias, the Astros' Director of Amateur Scouting, said Bregman would remain a shortstop, and that he thought Bregman would play shortstop through Houston's minor league system and into the major leagues.[42] Similarly, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said that there was "no question" that Bregman has the skills to play shortstop.[60]

Bregman signed with the Astros in June 2015 for a $5.9 million signing bonus.[60] He made his professional debut with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League in late June.[61] In late July 2015, the Astros promoted Bregman to the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League.[62] Playing shortstop for the two teams, he batted an aggregate .294/.366/.415.[63]

Bregman started 2016 with the AA Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League, hitting .297 with 14 home runs and a .975 OPS, was named the league's Player of the Week on April 17, and was named a AA mid-season All-Star.[64][65] In AAA with the Fresno Grizzlies, in 18 games he hit .333/.373/.641/1.015.[64] Between the two teams, in 80 games he hit .306/.406/.580 with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs, while playing 64 games at shortstop and 13 at third base.[66]

USA Today named Bregman the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year.[67] Bregman was also named MLB Pipeline 2016 Hitter of the Year, and was selected as the third baseman for the MLB Pipeline 2016 Prospect Team of the Year.[68][69] In addition, Bregman was named the 2016 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, ESPN.com Prospect of the Year, and a Baseball America Minor League All-Star.[70]

Houston Astros

2016

Alex Bregman on August 21, 2016
Bregman with the Astros in 2016

On July 25, 2016, the Astros purchased Bregman's contract from the Grizzlies, adding him to their 25-man roster. He made his major league debut at third base against the New York Yankees that same day.[71] He was the first position player from the 2015 Draft to debut in the Major Leagues.[72] After he was hitless in his first 17 major league at bats through five games, the Astros moved him up to second in the batting order, to get him better pitches and demonstrate their confidence in him.[73]

Bregman recorded his first major league hit on July 31 against the Detroit Tigers, with a single into center field. His first home run came at home on August 16, tying the game against the Cardinals in the first inning with a two-run home run to right field at Minute Maid Park.[74] For the 2016 season, he batted .264/.313/.478 with 8 home runs and 34 RBIs in 49 games.[70] His slugging percentage was the seventh-best of any Astros rookie all-time.[70] With 2015 AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa at shortstop, Bregman played 40 games at third base and 4 at shortstop.[75]

2017

Alex Bregman playing shortstop in 2017 (35688107540)
Bregman playing shortstop in 2017

At age 22, Bregman started his 2017 baseball season as the youngest member of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which won its first gold medal in the WBC by defeating Puerto Rico 8–0 in the final.[76][77] He had been invited as well to play for Team Israel which finished sixth at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, as WBC rules allow all Jewish ballplayers to play for the team, and he later said that in retrospect "I probably should've" played for Team Israel "because I got [just] four at-bats" playing as a backup for Team USA.[78]

He was the youngest Opening Day third baseman in team history, at 23 years and 4 days old.[70] During the May 14, 2017, game versus New York at Yankee Stadium, Bregman hit his first major league grand slam off Masahiro Tanaka in a 10–7 Astros win.[79][80] On August 10, Bregman tied the Astros' record for extra-base hits in consecutive games at 10 games, first accomplished by outfielder Richard Hidalgo.[81]

For the 2017 season, he batted .284/.352/.475 with 39 doubles and five triples (the latter two both ninth in the AL), 19 home runs, 88 runs, 71 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases (tied for the lead among all major league third basemen).[75][82] His .331 batting average against left-handers was 9th in the AL.[70] Bregman played third base primarily (132 games), and led AL third basemen in fielding percentage (.970; the 4th-highest fielding percentage by a third baseman in team history), while also playing 30 games at shortstop.[75][70] Houston won the AL West division with a 101–61 record, thus advancing Bregman to his first career major league playoff.[83]

Bregman was a major force for the Astros throughout the 2017 postseason. His home run off of Chris Sale, his second off of Sale in the series, in the 8th inning of Game 4 of the ALDS tied the game 3-3 and jump-started the Astros' rally that led them to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox and propelled them to their first appearance in a Championship Series since 2005. Bregman also showcased his defensive skills throughout the postseason, but especially during the ALCS against the Yankees. In Game 7, with the Astros up 1-0 with Yankees on first and third in the top of the 5th, Bregman threw out Greg Bird at home on a chopper to third off of the bat of Todd Frazier to help preserve the lead. It was considered one of the best plays of the postseason and helped led the Astros to a 4-0 victory in the pennant-clinching game.

Bregman would once again throw out a runner at home from third base in Game 4 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he gunned down Austin Barnes at the plate in the top of the 6th inning to preserve a 0-0 tie. Bregman also homered off of Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the 9th, but the Astros ultimately fell 6-2. His biggest contribution came during Game 5 when, after a back-and-forth game in which the Astros came back from two separate 3-run deficits, Bregman hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Jansen to give the Astros a 13-12 victory and a 3–2 series lead.[84] It was Bregman's first career walk-off hit. Bregman became the second player to drive in a run in each of his first five World Series games, joining Amos Otis.[70] The series lasted seven games, and the Astros won the World Series for the first time ever. [85] Bregman finished his first postseason with 4 home runs and 10 RBIs.

2018

Alex Bregman
Bregman on base in 2018.

In 2018 the Astros renewed Bregman's contract at $599,000 – an increase of $60,000.[86] In June he was named AL Player of the Month, after batting .306/.372/.713 in 108 at bats, with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs (a new Astros record for June).[87] He became the second Astros third baseman to win the award, along with Art Howe (May 1981).[88] Bregman was also named the AL Player of the Week for the week of June 25-July 1, during which he batted .464/.516/1.179 in 28 at bats with five doubles, five home runs, and ten RBIs.[88][89]

Batting .284 with 17 home runs, 57 RBIs, and 29 doubles, he was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[90] Bregman was also selected to participate in the 2018 Home Run Derby.[91] After he hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning off of Ross Stripling, he was named the Astros' first All-Star Game MVP.[92][93]

In the second half of the season, Bregman became the focal point of the Astros offense as injuries to Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Jose Altuve took all three of them out of the lineup for most of July and early August. Bregman helped carry the Astros offense through a rough skid in which he batted .342 with 6 home runs and 18 RBIs. [70] During this stretch, the Dugout Stare, a home run celebration that Bregman had begun performing during the 2017 postseason, became popular among his teammates and on social media. In a game against the Seattle Mariners on August 22, Tyler White hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th inning of a 10-7 win. A large group of Astros players, including Bregman, performed a synchronized dugout stare into the camera, eventually becoming their new team home run celebration.[94] The moment gained social media buzz with local Houston businesses and news outlets.[95]

On September 8, Bregman became the youngest Astro ever to hit 30 home runs in a season, at 24 years old.[96] On September 12 he picked up his 50th double of the season as well as his 100th RBI and 100th run scored. Bregman became the first Astro to log 100 RBIs in a season since Carlos Lee in 2009, and the first primary third baseman in Major League history to record 50 doubles and 30 home runs in a season.[97] He also became the first player since Albert Pujols in 2012 to hit 30 home runs and 50 doubles, and drive in 100 runs. Bregman also extended his on-base streak to 39 games (the longest in team history since 1999), and tied Jeff Bagwell's franchise record of reaching base in 51 consecutive games on the road (established in 2001).[97][97]

For the 2018 regular season, he batted .286/.394 (4th in the AL)/.532 (6th in the AL) with 31 home runs and 51 doubles (leading the AL; the 3rd-most in Astros history), 83 extra base hits (2nd in the league), 96 walks (3rd), 105 runs and 103 RBIs (each 5th in the AL), 7.0 at bats per strikeout (9th), and a 15.1 power-speed number (10th).[75][93] Bregman batted .386/.488/.735 with runners in scoring position, the highest slugging percentage in the major leagues and the second-best OPS (behind Mike Trout).[98] He demonstrated plate discipline, as he was 2nd in the American League in lowest swinging strike percentage (4.3%) and O-Swing percentage (20.0%), and 3rd in contact percentage (88.5%), and 3rd in the major leagues in walks/strikeout (1.13).[99][100] He reached career numbers of 50 home runs, 100 doubles, and 200 RBIs in the fourth-fewest number of games by any player since 1920 (behind only Ted Williams (341 games), Chuck Klein (317 games), and Hank Greenberg (315 games)).[101]

On defense, Bregman was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award at third base.[96] The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America named him the Astros' most valuable player.[93] Bregman came in 5th in the voting for American League Most Valuable Player.[102]

In the 2018 American League Division Series Bregman batted .556, and his .714 OBP was the third-highest all-time in a division series, while his 1.333 slugging percentage was fourth-highest all-time.[103]

2019

In early January 2019, Bregman had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow.[104] He returned to action in spring training on March 2.[105]

In March, Bregman and the Astros agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension.[106] The deal covers the 2019 season, the three years he would have been eligible for arbitration, and the first two years he could have been a free agent.[107] It was the second-highest contract in club history.[107] The contract was also the third-largest ever for a player with between two and three years of major league service time.[108]

See also

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2015 LSU Tigers baseball team

The 2015 LSU Tigers baseball team represent Louisiana State University during the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Tigers play their home games at Alex Box Stadium as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They are led by head coach Paul Mainieri, in his 9th season at LSU.

At the end of the regular season, junior shortstop Alex Bregman was selected by the Houston Astros as the second pick of the 2015 MLB Draft. Bregman was the fifth LSU Tiger to be drafted in the first round in seven years, the highest-drafted position player in LSU's history, and the second-highest overall behind pitcher Ben McDonald (1989).

2017 American League Division Series

The 2017 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series held to determine the participating teams in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two series.

These matchups were:

(1) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; Doosan acquired presenting sponsorship to the ALDS, and thus the series was officially known as the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.

2017 World Series

The 2017 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 season. The 113th edition of the World Series, it was played between October 24 and November 1. The series was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) champion Houston Astros. It was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2017 World Series presented by YouTube TV.The Astros defeated the Dodgers, four games to three, to win their first World Series in franchise history, also becoming the first team from Texas to do so. It was the first time since 2001-2002 when two consecutive World Series went to seven games. Both teams set a World Series record with a combined total of 25 home runs throughout the entire series, including a team record 15 home runs by the Astros, and hit a combined total of eight home runs in Game 2 to set the single game World Series mark. Houston outfielder George Springer was named as the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting five home runs in the series to tie a World Series record with Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009.This was the first World Series in which home-field advantage was decided by the regular season record of the two pennant winners. From 1903 to 2002, home-field advantage had been determined by coin flips and by alternating between the AL and NL. From 2003 to 2016, it was determined by results from that season's All-Star Game, when it was awarded to the team from the winning league. The Dodgers earned home-field advantage over the Astros. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format, with the Dodgers hosting Games 1, 2, 6, and 7; and the Astros hosting Games 3, 4, and 5.

2018 American League Championship Series

The 2018 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series pitting the defending World Series champion Houston Astros against the Boston Red Sox, for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2018 World Series. The series was played in a 2-3-2 format, with the first two and last two (if necessary) games played at the home ballpark of the higher seeded team. The series was the 49th in league history, with TBS televising all games in the United States. The Red Sox defeated the Astros, in five games.

For the second year in a row, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the NLCS, this ALCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the American League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.The Red Sox would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.

2018 American League Division Series

The 2018 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners, seeded first through third, and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series. These matchups were:

(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with T-Mobile, the series was formally known as the American League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. The Astros and Red Sox won their respective series, to advance to the Championship Series.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cleveland Indians and was played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, with the American League prevailing over the National League, 4–3.The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It was the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this established the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It was also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. That All-Star Game also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and made it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox managed the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed the National League for the second consecutive year.

Alex

Alex (Aleck or Alec is the Scottish form) may be a diminutive of the male given name Alexander, or its female equivalent Alexandra or Alexandria, or a givn name in its own right. Alexander is derived from the Greek "Ἀλέξανδρος" (Aléxandros).

The East European male name Alexey (Aleksei, Alexis, Aleksa) is also sometimes shortened to Alex. It is a commonly used nickname in Spanish for Alejandro, Alexandro, Alejandrino and Alexandrino, and related names like Alexa and Alexis.

Ben McDonald

Larry Benard McDonald (born November 24, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Bregman

Bregman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ahron Bregman (born 1958), British-Israeli political scientist, writer and journalist, specialising on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Albert Bregman (born 1936), Canadian psychologist, professor emeritus at McGill University

Alex Bregman (born 1994), American baseball player

Buddy Bregman (1930–2017), American musical arranger, record producer and composer

James Bregman (born 1941), member of the first American team to compete in judo in the Summer Olympics

Lev M. Bregman (born 1941), Russian mathematician, most known for the Bregman divergence named after him.

Martin Bregman (1926–2018), American film producer and former personal manager

Myriam Bregman (born 1972), Argentine politician

Rutger Bregman (born 1988), Dutch historian

Solomon Bregman (1895–1953), prominent member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee formed in the Soviet Union in 1942

Tracey E. Bregman (born 1963), German-American soap opera actress

Brooks Wallace Award

The Brooks Wallace Award is an award given by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF) to the best college baseball shortstop of the year. The award has been given annually since 2004. Until 2008 the award was presented to the nation's most outstanding player; however in 2009 the recipient list was changed to only include shortstops. It is named after former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach Brooks Wallace, who died of cancer in 1985 at the age of 27. The current holder of the award is Grae Kessinger of the Ole Miss Rebels

Corpus Christi Hooks

The Corpus Christi Hooks are a minor league baseball team of the Texas League, and are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. They are located in Corpus Christi, Texas, and are named for the city's association with fishing. The team's ownership group is headed by Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan; the team's CEO, Reid Ryan, is Nolan's oldest son. The Hooks play their home games at Whataburger Field, which opened in 2005 and is located on Corpus Christi's waterfront.

Fresno Grizzlies

The Fresno Grizzlies are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. They are located in Fresno, California, and play their home games at Chukchansi Park which opened in 2002 and has a capacity of 10,500, after previously playing at Pete Beiden Field from 1998 to 2001. The Grizzlies won the PCL championship in 2015, making it the only league title in franchise history. All games are broadcast on KRDU with Doug Greenwald handling the play-by-play.

Houston Astros award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Houston Astros professional baseball team.

Jim Kremmel

James Louis Kremmel (February 28, 1949 – October 12, 2012) was an American left-handed pitcher who spent two seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Texas Rangers (1973) and Chicago Cubs (1974).

Born in Belleville, Illinois on February 28, 1949, Kremmel was raised in nearby Columbia. He graduated from Columbia High School.He attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics in 1971. A four-year letterman on the Lobos baseball team, he threw the only documented nine-inning no-hitter in school history in a 1–0 win over Arizona in Tucson on April 17, 1970. He had matched the school record for most strikeouts in a single game with 18 against Eastern New Mexico University less than three weeks earlier on March 30, 1970. His 356 career strikeouts are still a school record. Named the All-Western Athletic Conference pitcher in 1969 and 1970, he ended his college career with a 22–14 record.He was originally picked by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round (146th overall) of the 1970 MLB draft, but chose not to sign. Selected ninth overall by the Washington Senators in the secondary phase of the January Free Agent Amateur Draft in 1971, he signed with the ballclub four months later on May 24. He is tied with Duane Ward (1982) for the third-highest draft pick of players hailing from New Mexico, behind shortstop Alex Bregman,who was selected with the second pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, and third baseman D. J. Peterson was selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

He was traded by the Rangers to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Durham on July 16, 1973. Kremmel was dealt twice after the conclusion of the 1973 season. He first went to the Chicago White Sox for Dennis O'Toole on October 26. He was then sent to the crosstown Cubs on December 18 to complete a transaction from a week earlier on December 11 which had sent Ron Santo to the White Sox for Steve Stone, Steve Swisher and Ken Frailing.

Kremmel died at age 63 in Spokane, Washington on October 12, 2012.

LSU Tigers baseball

The LSU Tigers baseball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference. It is one of the elite college baseball programs in the nation, ranking seventh all-time with 18 College World Series appearances and second all-time with six national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2009). The Tigers play home games on LSU's campus at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field, and they are currently coached by Paul Mainieri.

List of Houston Astros first-round draft picks

The Houston Astros, originally called the "Colt .45s", are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Houston, Texas. They play in the American League West division. Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft, the Astros have selected 56 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, and the team that had the worst record receives the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks. The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1961 expansion draft in which the Astros initially filled their roster.

Of the 56 players picked in the first round by Houston, 24 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 21 of these were right-handed, while 3 were left-handed. Nine catchers were selected, while nine outfielders, nine shortstops, two first basemen, and two third basemen were taken as well. The team also selected one player at second base. Thirteen of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Texas and Tennessee follow with five and three players, respectively. They have also drafted two players from outside the United States: Carlos Correa (2012) and Ramón Castro (1994), both from Puerto Rico.The Astros won their first World Series title in 2017 with three of their first-round picks on the World Series roster—Correa, series MVP George Springer (2011), and Alex Bregman (2015). One Astros first-round pick is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Craig Biggio (1987), who played his entire 20-season MLB career (1988–2007) with the Astros and became a member of the 3,000 hit club, was elected to the Hall in 2015. Carlos Correa is the only Astros first-round pick to have won a Rookie of the Year award, joining Jeff Bagwell (1991, originally drafted by the Red Sox) as the two Astros to win ROY. No Astros first round pick has won a Most Valuable Player award or Cy Young Award with the team. Brad Lidge (1998) won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies, his first season after leaving the Astros.The Astros have made 12 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have made the first overall selection in the draft five times; in 1976, 1992, 2012, 2013, and 2014. They have had 16 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Astros have failed to sign three of their first-round picks. First, pitcher Randy Scarbery (1970) did not sign though the Astros received no pick in compensation. John Burke (1991) and Brady Aiken (2014) also did not sign. The Astros were given the 37th pick of the 1992 draft and a pick in the 2015 draft in compensation.

Luis Valbuena

Luis Adan Valbuena (November 30, 1985 – December 6, 2018) was a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder. He played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 2008 through 2018, for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. While primarily a third baseman, Valbuena also played second base and first base. He was killed in a car crash in 2018 in Venezuela caused by bandits in an attempted robbery.

USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award

Listed below in chronological order are the Minor League Baseball players chosen by USA Today as recipients of the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award. Since 1988, the award has been given annually to the minor-league player who is judged by USA Today baseball experts as having had the most outstanding season. Of the thirteen votes cast each year, two votes go to the player selected by fans in the online voting at USATODAY.com.

Awards
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Francisco Lindor
AL Player of the Month
June 2018
Succeeded by
Jose Ramirez
Preceded by
Nelson Cruz
AL Player of the Week
June 25–July 1, 2018
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Xander Bogaerts
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