Giancarlo Stanton barely edged Joey Votto to claim National League Most Valuable Player honors on Thursday night. It was the fourth-closest MVP finish ever, which is something when you consider they’ve been giving out some version of this award since 1911 (the Baseball Writers Association of America first presented the current MVP award in 1931). As if we all needed to find another way to put Giancarlo Stanton in headlines, right?
A word of warning: You’re going to hate this list, most likely. Neither Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish are listed, mostly because I agree with the Pat Gillick philosophy of not giving veteran pitchers contracts the exceed three years, particularly with pitchers over the age of 30 (with plenty of mileage on their arms). And, yes, I do believe there are exceptions to this rule, I just don't see one this year.
The free agent market opened up more than a week ago but the movement has been minimal to nonexistent (unless you consider the re-signing of minor league free agent Pedro Florimon a substantial move). This is fairly normal. Aside from some aggressive moves in somewhat recent Phillies history (both Jonathan Papelbon and Jim Thome [the second time] were signed in early November) free agent signings typically don’t pick up until after Thanksgiving.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".