With Anderson joining the Marlins, our MLBbros will be well represented in South Beach.
Tim Anderson Joins Other MLBbros In Miami
The shortstop is joining Jazz Chisolm, Josh Bell, and Nick Gordon. Oh and we can’t forget about Xavier Edwards who appeared in 10 games last season and made the most of his time with the Marlins.
With the addition of Anderson, the Marlins get another valuable player that can make an impact on the field and at the plate.
Miami had its eye on Anderson since last season during the trade deadline. The Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants also pursued TA7, but at the end of the day, the Marlins prevailed.
Tim Anderson Blossomed In Chicago
Anderson, a Silver Slugger award winner, spent the last eight seasons in Chicago and blossomed into one of the most impactful players in the game.
We got the opportunity to see how passionate he is and how he leaves it all out on the field. And he loved to give back to the community.
With the success that Anderson had in Chicago, you would have thought the 2x All-Star would have ended his career there.
But after last season, there was no question he would be on the move. He struggled at the plate hitting .245 and his .582 OPS was the lowest among qualified hitters last season.
Tim Anderson Is A .300 Hitter
Before last season, Anderson had four consecutive seasons where he hit over .300. He finished his career in Chicago with a .282 batting average.
Now he has a chance to help this Marlins team make back-to-back postseason appearances. On paper, Miami’s lineup could be a nightmare for opposing pitchers, especially at the top of their lineup.
You have Anderson, who can set the tone at the leadoff spot and then you can put Chisholm at the two or three spot and have Bell batting cleanup, collecting those RBIs.
And Gordon can have a lot of success at the bottom of the lineup, but his value lies in his ability to play almost any position on the field.
Tim Anderson and Luis Arraez Up The Miami Marlins Middle: Two Batting Champions
On defense, Anderson and Luis Arráez up the middle will be a good tandem.
There’s no question that Miami will be one of the most exciting teams to watch this season and they have the talent to finish at the top of the NL East standings.
Anderson has only appeared in the postseason twice, the last time coming in 2021. This could be the year he makes a return to the postseason with his new team.
And this will be a big season for Anderson who will look to have a bounce back year. He wasted no time showing love to his new team as he posted a photo of himself in a Marlins uniform on his Instagram page.
Even though his deal with Miami is for one year, Anderson can have a productive and extensive career with the Marlins with a strong bounce back season.
Rob Parker is a pioneer when it comes to Black sports writers covering baseball. He has opened the door for a number of writers and continues to do so.
In fact, he’s Baseball Hall of Fame voter No.70 out of hundreds.
Recently, the founder of MLBbro.com has made history at the University of Southern California.
Parker, an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, developed a baseball writing class.
Rob Parker Starts First-Ever Baseball Writing Class
This is believed to be the first ever such class offered in college and the first class will be held Monday, January 8th, 2024.
“This is something near and dear to my heart,” said Parker, who has been covering MLB since 1986. “The art of covering baseball on a daily basis isn’t easy – to say the least.”
“My hope is to pass on my love of writing about the game to others who share my passion and also introduce the game to other young writers who are just learning the game,” he said.
A class of this magnitude further reinforces Parker’s commitment to preserving baseball culture and introducing a new generation of baseball writers to the game.
Rob Parker’s MLBbro.com Provides Young Journalists With A Platform
Parker’s website, MLBbro.com, was a dream he had, which gives young and aspiring journalists a platform to cover baseball.
He always looks for ways and opportunities to give journalists opportunities to hone their craft and make progress as journalists in a very competitive field.
What he’s doing, cannot go unnoticed.
“I’ve done a lot in my nearly 40-year journalism career, said Parker, a BBWAA member since 1990 and Hall of Fame voter. “But this top shelf for me. It’s a dream come true – passing on knowledge to students at USC.”
Parker deserves his flowers for what he’s done in the journalism world. He’s made an impact on so many lives and that’s something he’ll continue to do.
Betts is looking to become the second player in MLB history to win an MVP award in both the American and National League. The last player to do so was MLBbro great Frank Robinson. There’s no question that Betts will be a Hall of Famer when his career is done, and he’ll continue to rack up awards and accolades and represent for the Black Knights of baseball.
The 31-year-old appeared in over 150 games and made an impact at the plate and in the field, continuing to build on his record-breaking career. Betts hit .307 which was his highest average dating back to 2018 when he hit .346. He also hit a career-high 39 Bro bombs.
Mr. Versatility: Mookie Plays OF and Infield
While he was one of the best hitters on his team and in the league, his defense is what separated him from the rest of the crowd. You can make a strong case that Betts was more valuable to his team on defense than any other player in the league. He appeared in 70 games at second base and 12 at shortstop. The Dodgers needed someone, and Betts took on the challenge and exceeded.
We all know how exceptional of a right fielder Betts is, but he could be an everyday middle infielder if he wanted to. He only made five errors this season playing all three positions.
Chisholm’s 19 home runs is a new career-high for the 25-year-old. The centerfielder loves playing in Miami and he believes the team has a close bond on the field.
“I feel like we’re just the biggest family in the league,” Chisholm said in an article from Times Union after the victory on Saturday. “I feel like nobody is as connected as us as a team. I feel like when someone gets going, everybody gets going. That’s the plan here and we’re just family and we’re coming in together.”
Having that team chemistry is very important and is a vital component for teams having success and winning titles. The Marlins went into that game against Pittsburgh with one thing on their mind.
“Before the game we called it ‘Clinch Day’ and we weren’t expecting any other day to be Clinch Day except today,” Chisholm said. “And that’s what we did, and we handled it today.”
Chisholm has developed into a leader on this Marlins team and he’s a player who provides a lot of energy on and off the field. And this brother is young too, so he has some years to continue to develop and be a dominant player in the league for years to come.
Through 97 games, Chisholm is hitting .252 with 52 RBI and 22 stolen bases to go along with his 19 home runs.
The Milwaukee Brewers are headed to the playoffs this season after missing the postseason last year.
And that means we may have the opportunity to watch MLBbro, Devin Williams make his postseason appearance.
That’s right, Williams has not appeared in the playoffs yet with the Brewers. Before missing the playoffs last season, Milwaukee made four consecutive trips to the postseason, and its star closer has no postseason experience.
Williams Missed Last Milwaukee Postseason
The last time the Brewers appeared in the playoffs in 2021, Williams was forced to miss the entire postseason after breaking his hand from punching a wall after the Brewers clinched the division.
It’s safe to say that the two-time all-star has learned his lesson.
The Brewers have already clinched a playoff spot and have their eyes on making a deep postseason run. In late game situations, you better believe Milwaukee will look to Williams to close things out when the opportunity presents itself.
Williams has had a memorable 2023 season. The 29-year-old has tied his career-high in wins with eight and has a career-high 35 saves, through 59 games. While Williams has made a name for himself throughout his career in Milwaukee, we still have to see if he has what it takes when he steps on the mound in a big stage situation.
Granted, his team has to give him an opportunity to do so, but this year could be the year where we see that happen.
On the season, Williams has a 8-3 record with a 1.59 ERA and 35 saves through the 59 games that he’s appeared in.
The MLBbro fireman has over 50 career saves, and that number will continue to rise. He is in the top 10 this season for saves and is No. 14 on the all-time saves list for Milwaukee. On the mound, Williams can control the game with his fastball and his impressive changeup that is a nightmare for hitters.
Over the past few years, he has learned how to dominate with both of those pitches.
“I think your body has a governor, like on a car,” Williams said in an mlb.com article back in July. “It only lets you go this fast, but you can go faster. It’s like you have to break that governor mentally. I unlocked that, and it’s what got me here. I’m not throwing 98, 99 mph anymore right now, but I would say I’m definitely a better pitcher right now than I was then.”
His teammates know how much value he brings to the team as well.
“He’s been great,” Corbin Burnes told MLBbro.com during 2023 MLB All-Star Week in Seattle.
“Hopefully he gets to do it as many years as he wants to because he’s been great for us, he’s been big. Without him out there, we definitely wouldn’t be in the position we are.”
Williams has ascended to the top of his craft, but the only thing the 29-year-old “Airbender” is missing is that postseason experience. This is one thing Williams has been waiting for his entire career and this year could be his best shot at adding to his legacy with some postseason dramatics.