Can you believe it’s already June? The MLB season has been flying by and you know what next month is….the Mid-Summer Classic, a.ka. The All-Star Game.
On June 8th ballots went live to cast your pick for this season’s All-Star Game that will be held at Dodger Stadium on July 19th.
One player that has put together an impressive season so far is our MLBbro Josh Bell of the Washington Nationals.
Bell has been one of the top first basemen throughout the season and he has been one of the most productive players on his team.
"Up, back, and let it fly!" 🗣
Josh Bell hit an absolute DINGER!
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2022
Through 57 games, Bell is hitting .300 with five home runs and 31 RBI and he also has a .461 slugging percentage.
He currently leads his team in batting average and slugging percentage. There’s no question that Bell has been the go-to guy for the Nationals this season.
Time after time, he’s come through in clutch situations at the plate and has put his team in positions to win ball games.
Our MLBbro is also no stranger to playing in All-Star games. In 2019, he played in his first All-Star Game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He started that game as the designated hitter and went 1-for-2.
That season was arguably Bell’s best of his career as he finished hitting .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBI, both career-highs.
If Bell can continue to have the success he’s been having this season, he could set a new career high in batting average.
Bell is only in his second season with the Nationals and he’s quickly become a fan favorite.
He put the work in during the offseason and it’s been paying off this year for him.
“This past offseason, I went to work with my hitting coach from the Pirates because he got [let go],” Bell said in an article from mlb.com. “We basically got back to what I was doing in ‘19, which was focusing on lower-ball flight and just squaring up the baseball. He calls it ‘barrel accuracy,’ more than anything else.”
“If I stay low and I try to keep the outfielders fielding my ball, then I’m in a good place,” he said.
The ball has been jumping off of Bell’s bat this season and while he hasn’t hit many home runs, he still has displayed that power from both sides of the plate.
When you are barreling the ball up, good things are going to happen, and sometimes it always won’t be home runs.
“I kind of got caught up in hitting homers, like trying to take games into my own hands,” Bell said. “But I feel like this [approach] plays a lot more. It’s a lot easier to sleep at night when you’re barreling the ball up on a consistent basis.”
Hopefully Bell can get enough votes to represent his team and the MLBbros this year in the All-Star Game.
We’re rooting for you bro!