In only his third big league season, the man simply known as “Jazz” will be rocking the streets of L.A. to show off his game, and his one-of-a-kind electric personality in this year’s Midsummer Classic.
Jazz Chisholm is having the best season of his young career, has been voted to his first All-Star Game, and will be the starting second baseman for the National League. In the 60 games he’s played, he is batting .254, with 14 home runs, 45 RBI, with a .325 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage. His .254/.325/.535 statline are all highs of his career, with his home runs and RBI both on pace to be career highs as well.
Originally from the Bahamas, Chisholm moved to the U.S. when he was 12 to complete his education, along with being a three-sport athlete. He then would sign as an international free agent back in 2015 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he would spend the first four years of his professional career.
On July 31st, 2019, the trading deadline of the MLB season of that year, Chisholm, who ended up working his way up to becoming one of the Dbacks top prospects, was dealt to the Marlins in exchange for Zac Gallen. He would then spend the rest of that season on Miami’s Double A affiliate. In the shortened 2020 season, he made his debut with the team in September and became the team’s full-time starting second baseman after the conclusion of spring training for the 2021 season.
In his first full big league season, he played in 124 games, and slashed a .248/.303/.425 statline, with 18 home runs, and 53 RBI. He did manage to steal 23 bases last season, but got caught eight times, which was the most in baseball. On the defensive end, from both second base and shortstop, he ended up committing 24 errors, which was tied for the most in the league.
To go along with his improvements, Chisholm has earned himself to become a fan-favorite in not just Miami, but throughout all of baseball. Besides the excitement he brings on the field, he brings that fiery energy on social media as well. There are several instances where he responds to his haters or is simply just trolling on platforms like Twitter. While many people may not like this one bit, Chisholm very much draws in a crowd of young kids/teenagers with his big social media personality, which is the exact crowd the MLB is trying to attract, making him a perfect fit for today’s MLB.
While most of it may just be all fun and games, there has been at least one instance where his activity got him in trouble, where he expressed his frustrations with the team on social media when they chose not to insert him into the starting lineup. This instance of immaturity is simply just a learning opportunity to grow and for him to become a better leader, what the team needs him to be.
The Marlins are certainly not competing for a title this year, as they are just trying to get the right pieces to the puzzle for their future. They are certainly headed in the right direction, especially with their young second baseman being that core piece.