Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! July 1st is the day that Bonilla collects $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets annually. This began in 2011 and will last until 2035 when he will be 72. Party up, Bobby!
MLBbro Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees leads MLB in homers and also leads all Major League players in the first balloting update for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Former NL MVP, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts ranks second across the Majors and leads all National League players.
MLB All-Star Balloting
The 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Ballot, which is available exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club websites and the MLB App, will be accessible until the voting period for Phase 1 concludes at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30th. During the initial voting period, fans can submit up to five ballots per 24-hour period on MLB platforms.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 21, 2022
On Thursday, June 30th, the top two vote-getters at each position (and the top six outfielders) in each League will be revealed on MLB Network at 5:00 p.m. (ET), and they will advance to the second phase of voting to determine who makes the All-Star teams and starts for each League. In addition, for the first time since two-phase balloting began in 2019, the leading vote-getter in each league during the first phase of voting will receive an automatic starting assignment at the All-Star Game and bypass the second phase of voting. (Note: if an outfielder is a league’s leading vote-getter, Phase 2 voting at the position will still take place to determine the remaining two starters among the next four outfield finalists)
All Rise For The $400M Man?
Judge, seeking his fourth career All-Star selection and first MVP, has received 1,512,368 votes. The 30-year-old, who led the AL in All-Star voting in 2017, is seeking to become the first Yankees player to lead the Majors in voting since 2008 (Alex Rodriguez).
In addition, Judge is trying to secure his fourth starting spot in the last five Midsummer Classics (also 2017, 2018 and 2021). Judge is followed in the AL outfield by nine-time All-Star Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who ranks second in the AL and third in the Majors with 1,295,854 votes, and Toronto Blue Jays MLBbro George Springer (622,063), who is bidding for his fourth All-Star appearance and third starting assignment.
Springer Dingers, Big Bux and Slammin’ Stanton
The AL outfield leaders are followed by Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees (504,537), Taylor Ward of the Angels (497,361) and Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins (403,050), looking to advance to the Finalists Phase.
TA7 Is Going Head Up With Bo Bichette
Three AL shortstops with All-Star experience are vying for two spots and the right to advance with Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays leading the way with 585,744 votes as he contends for his second All-Star appearance. MLBbro swagmaster Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox (528,278), also trying for a second Midsummer Classic appearance, and two-time All-Star Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox (525,202) follow close behind.
Mookie Betts Is Back In The Legend Business
In the NL, Betts is bidding for his sixth career All-Star selection as he paces the Senior Circuit with 1,446,050 votes. The 29-year-old is attempting to earn his first starting assignment in the NL after starting twice for the AL while with the Red Sox in 2016 and in his AL MVP Award-winning 2018 season. Betts is joined among the outfield leaders by Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves (1,398,563), who led all NL players in voting last season, as well as Joc “Turn The Other Cheek” Pederson of the San Francisco Giants (630,584).
The “Bahamian Blur” Is Talking All That Jazz
A tight race among NL second basemen is developing as Jazz Chisholm Jr. of the Miami Marlins is attempting to become just the sixth Marlins player in franchise history to secure a fan election. The 24-year-old product of the Bahamas would join Hanley Ramírez (three selections), as well as fellow MLBbro Dee Strange-Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, MLBBro legend Gary Sheffield and Soul Patroller Giancarlo Stanton (one each) as Marlins players to be voted a starter by the fans.
Chisholm Jr. has received 634,762 votes to outpace two-time All-Star Ozzie Albies of the Braves (589,804) and 2019 All-Star Jeff McNeil of the Mets (580,257). The trio are all vying to become the 11th consecutive different NL second baseman to start the Midsummer Classic.
MLB All-Star Diversity
Overall, 13 different Major League Clubs are represented among the 18 positional leaders. Additionally, 19 of the 30 Major League Clubs are represented among the players on pace to advance to the Finalist Phase of 2022 Chevrolet MLB All-Star Balloting. Eight of the 18 positional leaders (44.4%) are internationally-born, spanning six different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States (Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela). In addition, 12 of the 18 leaders (66.7%) come from diverse backgrounds.
Money Mike Harris II went 3-for-3 with a Triple for the red hot Atlanta Braves in a 2-1 win over San Francisco Giants on Monday.
The #BrosBettingBaseball are back like we never left, and my main man PropaganDrew (@abookay3) is smokin’ hot as we burn up in these dog days of summer. Even though those cheating, scheming, and LOSING Astros dropped two of my picks last Friday (@bbruh916), Drewski claimed the one win as the Blue Jays easily put him in green and kept him clean.
He’s up nearly 100 Units(!) on the year, and his trends are on the up tick once again! Let’s take a look at some of his trends for this Friday, and I’ll round the bases with two of my own winners in today’s MLBBro.com selections:
1. Let’s ride PropaganDrew’s hot hand and make his Prop the #BrosBestBet as we head to the windy city for the lead-off start of 2:20pm Eastern. The Atlanta Braves taking on the Chicago Cubs pits two teams on the opposite sides of the spectrum. The Cubs have been TERRIBLE this year, but their starter Keegan Thompson has been decent with a 3.67 ERA and 6-2 record. The Atlanta Braves have been unstoppable since their superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. reentered the lineup, and prior to his cold streaks versus the Nationals last week, he was batting .311 with 6 homeruns in his injury shortened season. The hook is their starting pitcher Charlie Morton has seen better days, as he’s floating near a 5.7 ERA and is barely winning over half his starts at a 4-3 record. The stat man pulled the trends showing Morton has hit the over on 11 of 12 games, and Thompson has hit it on 8 of 14! Hit the OVER 8.5 Total Runs in the Cubs/Braves matchup.
2. Keeping it in the Midwest, we’ll jump to the steel city of Pittsburg to see the battle of Barry’s teams at 7:05pm Eastern! The suddenly surging San Francisco Giants (-210) look to right the ship after dropping one to the Royals as they start their summer series against the discounted, disjointed, and downright despicable Pittsburg Pirates (+180). Don’t let a fantasy football assault take away from what Joc Pederson has been doing since donning the orange and black. He’s enjoying a .270 batting average, knocked in 33 RBIs, and has 13 homers despite having the breakfast slapped out of his mouth last month. Even though Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pirates is one of our MLB Bros you need to know with solid numbers at a .270 BA and 22 RBIs, he doesn’t have enough pitching or batting support to get past the Giant’s lefty Carlos Rodon who’s rocking a 3.18 ERA and staggering 83 Strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. Take the Giants money line, but I’ll be taking the -1.5 run line (-130) because my mama didn’t teach me responsible gaming. (sorry mom)
3. What’s a baseball summer without a trip to SoCal where it never rains, unless you’re in the gentlemen’s club with Professor Rob Parker (bring a bucket, not an umbrella). Before we hit the club, let’s hit the ball park as the Los Angeles Dodgers (-300) welcome the Cleveland Guardians (+250) to Chavez Ravine. Old is new, as Clayton Kershaw has found new life as a pitcher even without the same velocity that carried his left hand to legendary status. He’s barely getting hit on the year, as Kershaw’s 2.12 ERA and 4-1 record lead the always stacked Dodgers into Friday. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s right-handed starter Zach Plesac hasn’t done anything to please Guardian’s fans with his 4.7 ERA and only a couple of wins on the season. Grab a Dodger dog, $20 beer, and take the Los Angeles Dodger on the money line. I’ll be taking them -1.5 on the run line to get a few extra shekels to throw on some coeds with Professor Parker. (Sorry dad)
Reds rookie sensation Hunter Greene went 7 rain-shortened innings, allowed just one hit and posted 8 Ks as he blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0 on Wednesday.