San Francisco Giants outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. really made a name for himself last season.
In his first season with the Giants, this brother stepped up in a significant way and instantly became a key player in the lineup, after putting together an impressive season in the Bay where he hit .253 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI.
According to a tweet by Stats By STATS, Wade had six game-tying or go-ahead hits in the ninth inning which made him the first player in 40 years to do so in a single season.
Tonight was LaMonte Wade Jr.'s 6th game-tying or go-ahead hit in the 9th inning this season for the @SFGiants.
That's the most by any MLB player in a season in the last 40 years.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) October 1, 2021
Talk about an impressive stat right there.
While Wade was gearing up for a hot start to the 2022 season, unfortunately, he suffered an injury during spring training and started the season on the injured list.
Wade reportedly felt discomfort in his knee after exiting a spring training game. He underwent an MRI which revealed inflammation and a bone bruise, and doctors recommended 10 days of downtime before being reevaluated, the article stated.
Not the start Wade and the Giants wanted to have, but there is some good news.
While there is still no official return time for the talented outfielder, he did begin to do some baseball activities earlier this month, according to an article from mercurynews.com.
“The treatment’s been making it feel a lot better, so just hopefully continue trending in the right direction,” Wade said.
“I’m still going be out there with the guys cheering them on and watching the game,” he said. “The atmosphere, I assume, is going to be really exciting and fun to be a part of.”
There’s no question that Wade would have been a part of the Opening Day lineup against the Miami Marlins, but he was forced to watch from the sidelines.
The Giants have got off to a hot start to the season, but that impact Wade can provide is still missing. Whether he’s at the plate or in the field, he can change the momentum of the game just like that.
And that is why he’ll continue to make an impact once he returns to the lineup.
Wade put up all career-high numbers last season and let the league know what he’s all about. And the fact that he had an impact on one of the top teams in the league last year also speaks volume.
Our MLBbro is the definition of a team player and he’s someone you want to have on your team. On the field he’ll give you max effort wherever he’s playing, whether that’s the outfield or at first base. At the plate, the 28-year-old can hit for power and hit for contact. You really get the best of both worlds in Wade.
Don’t expect Wade to be out too long as he’ll look to play another significant role in his second season with the Giants.