The Chicago White Sox have had some great players throughout franchise history, but for some reason, one superstar always flies under the radar. His name is Jermaine Dye and he helped lead the White Sox to the greatest moment in their franchise’s history.
In a city where the Cubs rule, the White Sox won the 2005 World Series with some downright dominant play led by the aforementioned Dye. When I hear folks mention the 2005 White Sox, names like Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski and Mark Buehrle are always lauded and with great reason.
But the boss player and most complete package on Ozzie Guillen’s perfectly constructed roster was Dye.
Dye was the World Series MVP during that magical run, but it doesn’t seem like he gets enough credit and appreciation in comparison to some of the other players on that team. Dye wasn’t a subpar player who happened to get hot and turn up in the World Series, as we’ve seen other ballers do in the past.
He was doing big things throughout his entire tenure in Chicago. And never did that show more than in 2005, as his magnificence carried over into the “Hunt For October.”
Dye played five seasons for the White Sox and the Black Knight put up All-Star caliber numbers (.278/.344/.525), hitting with power and flashing a web that would make Spider-Man envious. He hit 164 HRs, had 419 RBIs, and scored 419 runs.
He was easily one of the best players in franchise history and dare I say criminally underrated. During that World Series MVP run, he mashed an unreal .438, but that wasn’t the culmination of his greatness.
In 2006 he was all the way up, posting an incredible year with 44 HRs and 120 RBIs, while finishing 5th in the AL MVP voting. Easily the best of his two All-Star seasons with the ChiSox.
Dye was also incredible with other franchises. In fact, not many players post a (WAR) of 20.3 over a 14-year career. He also made impactful stops in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland.
JD hit 325 career HRs, drove in 1072 runs and scored 984 runs. His career slash-line looks like this: .274/.388/.488.
An absolute BEAST.
Let’s give this unheralded superstar his respect. He had a better career than many guys who are currently sitting in Cooperstown. Don’t get it twisted, he was one of the best players of his era and an MLBbro who did damage Black In The Day.
Taylor Trammell got an opportunity to take center stage in centerfield for the Seattle Mariners when a deep bone bruise landed AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis on the 10-day IL to start the 2021 season. With Lewis reportedly out two more weeks, Trammell will continue to fill in.
If anything, Trammell’s flashes of potential have Mariners fans envisioning a Soul Patrol for the ages when Lewis returns. The 23-year-old outfielder has belted two home runs in eight games and has a total of five hits.
Though his batting average is below .200 currently, he’s already had some clutch at-bats for the Mariners. It’s clear that his bat has some major pop. The rookie outfielder is not letting his slow start to the season stop him from becoming a player baseball fans should keep their eyes on.
Trammell’s first major league home run came on April 10, 2021, off of Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda. He also scored the winning run in extra innings as the Mariners defeated the Twins 4-3.
In an article from The Seattle Times, Trammell talked about how it felt hitting his first home run. “It was great,” Trammell said. “Just to hear (teammates) say, ‘Hey, congratulations, we’re proud of you,’ it means a lot to me because I did grow up watching some of these guys. So to hear them say that meant a lot to me. It was pretty special.”
He made his major league debut on April 1, 2021, and his first big league hit came on April 3rd.
The Georgia native was the 35th pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds after a stellar high school career. Trammell spent a few years in the Reds farm system and blossomed into a top prospect. In 2018, Trammell represented the Reds in the All-Star Futures Game and was named MVP after hitting a go-ahead home run along with a triple.
Trammel was invited to Spring Training by the Reds in 2019 as a non roster player. He spent the first half of the 2019 season playing with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League.
The Reds traded Trammell to the San Diego Padres in a three-team trade on July 30, 2019. When Trammell joined the Padres, he was assigned to the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Class AA Texas League.
Trammell had a brief stint with the Padres as he was traded to the Mariners on August 30, 2020. In November of 2020, he was added to the 40-man roster. Going into spring training, Trammell was determined to make a name for himself and he did just that.
He finished Catcus League play batting .302 with five doubles, three homers and 11 RBI. His performance earned him the starting spot in left field going into the 2021 season.
In his recent game against the Twins on April 11th, Trammell went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. There’s a reason why the Mariners added Trammell to the 40-man roster and every game he’s improving and becoming more comfortable handling major league pitching. Trammell has the ability to make an impact on this Mariners team.
19-year old Mets phenom Dwight “Doc” Gooden made his MLB debut 37 years ago today.
The phenomenon that quickly captivated the baseball world and earned the name “Dr.K,” collected his first of 194 career wins in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.
This start almost didn’t happen as Gooden made the 3-mile walk from the hotel to the Astrodome ahead of his team, but couldn’t get in the stadium, as no one could vouch for his identity.
So Gooden climbed an 8-foot fence to get in and was seen by a security guard, who thought he was an intruder.
Nothing came of it as team trainer Steve Garland was already at the ballpark and eventually vouched for him. Gooden pointed to the situation as the perfect encapsulation of his nerves that night.
The Black Ace would go on to win NL Rookie of The Year with a 17-9 record, while posting a 2.60 ERA, with 278 strikeouts in 218 innings pitched.
Shea Stadium, to this day, has never recaptured the electricity that was commonplace any time Gooden would throw that heat or his infamous curveball know as “Lord Charles.”
The K-corner was steady popping back then.
So it’s safe to say nerves didn’t faze this “Black Knight” after all. In fact, he quickly became King of New York, and the next season he went 24-4 and won his first and only Cy Young award. Doc went 49 innings without giving up an earned run in one historic stretch in ‘85
There’s a growing generation of baseball fans who have no idea just how great Gooden was. To this day, we haven’t experienced another Black pitcher as dominant, awe-inspiring or transcending as Dr. K.
The Phillies opened its regular season with a 10-inning 3-2 win against the powerful Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. While this season could be an exciting one with standouts Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen, it will certainly have special significance.
The Phillies will recognize former star Dick Allen, who passed away on Dec. 7, 2020, by wearing a patch with his number on their jerseys.
“In September 2020, prior to Dick Allen’s death, the Phillies paid tribute to his storied career by retiring No. 15, making it only the seventh number to be retired by the Phillies. In addition, the club will honor the late beloved slugger by wearing a No. 15 on its jerseys for the 2021 regular season. As one of the most influential players in our team’s history, Dick is truly deserving of these honors,” in a statement from the Phillies.
Our first look at the Phillies' memorial patch for Dick Allen, which was announced nearly a month ago but not shown until today. pic.twitter.com/B7x24XRT2o
Allen played nine of his 15 seasons (1963-77) in the majors with the Phillies. In 1964, he won National League Rookie of the Year. During his years with the Phillies, he hit .290 with 204 doubles, 204 home runs, 204 home runs, 655 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage 9.902 OPS) in 1,070 games.
Allen’s slugging percentage is second-best in Phillies history, behind only Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (.553), and he ranks 10th in home runs. Allen led the league in OPS four times in his career, including twice with the Phillies in 1966 (1.027) and 1967 (.970).
Allen was a trailblazer. He was one of the early African Americans to play for the Phillies during the Civil Rights Movement.
Allen was one of the greatest sluggers of his era. He had the fifth-most home runs (319) among all major league players over an 11-year span (1964-74) behind Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron (391), Harmon Killebrew (336), Willie Stargell (335) and Willie McCovey (327).
MLB is considering moving the Mid-Summer Classic (All-Star Game), out of Atlanta in response to recently signed legislation that tightens voting laws in Georgia and is an obvious attempt to suppress the vote of Black and Brown people.
President Joe Biden was even asked about it and he said he’d support the move away from the “ATL.”
MLBPA union chief Tony Clark had this to say:
“Players are very much aware” of the Georgia voting bill, which places restrictions on voting that some believe will make it particularly difficult for Black voters to reach the polls, said Tony Clark in an interview with the Boston Globe. “As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue. If there is an opportunity to, we would look forward to having that conversation.”
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred also mentioned that “he was talking to various constituencies within the game and he’s just “not going beyond that in terms of what to and what not to consider.”
The Georgia Law that has things in disarray, was signed last week by Gov. Brian Kemp and has become a flashpoint in the debate over GOP efforts to restrict and hinder voting access in wake of losing the 2020 Presidential election. The Georgia legislation expands early-voting hours, requires additional voter ID to complete mail-in voting, grants additional authority to electors to challenge voter eligibility and makes it a crime for non-election workers to provide food and water to voters standing in line.
On the other hand, Democrats have denounced the law, arguing that it disenfranchises voters while curtailing access to the ballot. Several other Republican legislatures are considering similar measures after former President Trump made repeated false claims that the 2020 election was riddled with voter fraud.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who is Black and Asian says he’d consider declining the honor of managing the National League team. Roberts is one of only two Black managers along with Dusty Baker (Houston Astros). Roberts is also just one of two Black managers to win a World Series, along with Cito Gaston (Toronto Blue Jays).
His platform continues to allow him to speak out and be heard on high-profile issues, such as the recent wave of recent hate crimes that have targeted Asian-Americans.
This has happened in the NBA and NFL before. MLB moved their 2017 All-Star Game, from Charlotte after North Carolina adopted a “bathroom bill” that limited anti-discrimination protections. As for the NFL, it moved the 1993 Super Bowl out of Arizona after voters rejected a proposal to honor and make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state-mandated and recognized holiday.