Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Deion Sanders is known for being the greatest cornerback in NFL history and he’s as recognizable as ever in his dual role as the head football coach at Jackson State and brand ambassador for HBCU football.

The Gen Xers might not know that Sanders was also a very good MLB player who spent nine seasons with the Cincy Reds, ATL Braves, Bronx Bombers and the San Francisco Giants. He hit 14 triples in 1992 and even stole 56 bases in 1997, while also winning Super Bowls as the supreme player at his position in the NFL. Prime is undoubtedly one of the elite two-sport athletes in American history.

Mark Gray, MLBbro.com’s Assistant Managing Editor, caught up with Coach Prime in the middle of a Spring football season and had him talking baseball.

 

 

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 2

Coach Prime AKA Deion Sanders Talks Baseball With MLBbro | PART 1


Deion Sanders is known for being the greatest cornerback in NFL history and he’s as recognizable as ever in his dual role as the head football coach at Jackson State and brand ambassador for HBCU football.

The Gen Xers might not know that Sanders was also a very good MLB player who spent nine seasons with the Cincy Reds, ATL Braves, Bronx Bombers and the San Francisco Giants. He hit 14 triples in 1992 and even stole 56 bases in 1997, while also winning Super Bowls as the supreme player at his position in the NFL. Prime is undoubtedly one of the elite two-sport athletes in American history.

Mark Gray, MLBbro.com’s Assistant Managing Editor, caught up with Coach Prime in the middle of a Spring football season and had him talking baseball.

 

April 8, 1974: Hammerin’ Hank Aaron Hits 715, Bumps Bambino, Elevates Black Baseball

April 8, 1974: Hammerin’ Hank Aaron Hits 715, Bumps Bambino, Elevates Black Baseball

Hank Aaron passed away back in January at age 86. Baseball has suffered some considerable losses in the past few years: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Dick Allen, Tony Fernandez, Tom Seaver, Tommy Lasorda and Don Sutton, just to name a few.

It seemed as if Aaron would live forever. Baseball’s “true” home run king was probably the second most influential African-American player in the history of the sport after Jackie Robinson. And an undeniable national treasure and inspiration for all.

One Home Run Changed The Game

Most can’t honestly understand what a single home run meant 47 years ago. After all, we have seen so much change since April 8, 1974. We even had a two-term African American president in Barack Obama.

If you think that was a pipedream in 1974, the same would be said about a black man having the most home runs in Major League Baseball history.

 

Before that historic blast, four days earlier, Aaron tied the iconic Babe Ruth with a bomb against “The Big Red Machine.

First, Jackie Robinson broke down the color barrier. Then, it was Aaron, making the national pastime ours.

Today is the 47th anniversary of Aaron’s 715th home run. Aaron’s homer off of Dodgers’ Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium broke Babe Ruth‘s long-standing record of 714 home runs.

It was a mark most thought would stand forever.

It was such a big deal that not all celebrated. In fact, Aaron was more relieved than happy. Aaron received racist hate mail and death threats. His kids had security people watching over them during their dad’s pursuit of a piece of American history.

 

 

He came a long way from Mobile, Alabama. Born on Feb. 5, 1934, Henry Louis Aaron was one of eight children born to Herbert and Estella Aaron. As he challenged the mythical Babe Ruth for MLB’s scared record back in the 70s, he received death threats and racist taunts at the ballparks.

Aaron stood brave and prevailed.

The Braves have honored Aaron in so many ways over the years. In 2014 they wore 40th-anniversary patches on their uniform sleeves to mark the historic occasion. He was revered until his death at age 86.

 

And while some won’t forget Aaron’s shining moment, he doesn’t always get the props he deserves.  After all, Aaron played 23 seasons and nearly averaged 100 RBI a season (2,297 RBI total). His production was as consistent as a windshield wiper and impactful as the words of James Baldwin.

Of course, Barry Bonds, another Black Knight, passed Aaron as baseball’s home run king. Aaron hit 755 and Bonds hit 762. The validity of Bonds’ homers is questioned by many baseball fans and HOF voters to this day.

 

But nearly a half-century ago, it was Aaron’s blast over the left-field fence in Atlanta that transformed America, allowing black people all over this country to take ownership of the greatest title in the land. Like they were sharing a big pot of Gumbo.

It’s a great moment in our history. A shining moment for Black baseball.

City Connect Uniforms Are Designed To Show Spicy, Futuristic Union Between NIKE & MLB

City Connect Uniforms Are Designed To Show Spicy, Futuristic Union Between NIKE & MLB

The game is changing right in front of our eyes, and the New MLB City Connects are going to be a huge part of it.

Two years ago a billion-dollar deal brought two of America’s most synonymous brands together; Major League Baseball and NIKE.  

 

This new age era of baseball acknowledges showmanship and flair in the game as an important part of MLB’s future. Bat flips, dugout celebrations, and even pitchers breaking out their best dance moves after strikeouts on a nightly basis have been fun to watch.  

On the other side, we have seen NIKE becoming the official uniform brand of both the NBA and NFL recently. 

In January of 2019, NIKE announced a billion-dollar deal that included $3 million in the pockets of each team, bringing the swoosh to all baseball jerseys in 2020.

This morning, baseball unveiled one of  7 teams that City Connects collections will be fitting this year.

In a statement, NIKE announced these jerseys would honor each team’s city, history, fans and culture. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, LA Dodgers, Florida Marlins and Giants will be releasing their looks at a later date.

One of the most iconic franchises,  Boston Red Sox were up first, and in my eyes, hit a home run with their Boston Marathon-themed fashion choice.

 

Boston Red Sox Nike City Connect Uniform Player Portrait

 

Via fastcompany.com: 

The idea behind City Connect is that the jerseys explore, not just a team’s historic look, but something significant about that team’s broader hometown and culture. For the Miami Heat, Nike created a blue and pink, 1980s neon throwback for the team that screamed Don Johnson, bucking tradition for the otherwise red, black, and yellow franchise. The strategy has worked well. Nike’s Miami Heat jersey became the best selling jersey in the NBA in several seasons, according to Nike.

These jerseys stray away from the normal Red Sox white and blue, choosing to go with blue yellow jerseys in honor of the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  

The yellow is complemented with the word “Boston” across the chest in blue.  The city area code 617 is on the sleeve.

 

The new looks are going to take some getting used to. Baseball’s color schemes continue to evolve out of the traditional looks, but we have seen these types of designs recently with the NBA City collection jerseys in recent years.

“Nike is uniquely suited for our relationship with the MLB because we like pushing the edges of creativity across the board, but it’s always done out of a place of supporting the players and advancing the sport,” said Nike Vice President of North America League partnerships Sonja Henning.

Although we are not sure when the next team’s jerseys will be released, we do know the dates that they will debut on the field. 

The Red Sox will be worn April 17th, Florida Marlins May 21st, Chicago Cubs June 12th, Arizona D-Backs June 18th and San Francisco Giants on July 9th.   

The White Sox and MLB Bro Tim Anderson will be wearing their new drip on June 5th in a Saturday night matchup against the hottest young talent in baseball, Akil Baddoo, and the Detroit Tigers. 

2018 MVP and multiple World Series champion Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers will rock theirs in late August.

I’m ready to see these jerseys on the field.  Like it or not a cultural change is coming to MLB and these classic jerseys will be a major part of the process.

Must Be The Mullins: Orioles Advance To 3-0 Behind Centerfielder’s 5-Hit Game

Must Be The Mullins: Orioles Advance To 3-0 Behind Centerfielder’s 5-Hit Game

This Cedric Mullins cat is pretty damn good and despite his reputation as baseball’s best bunter, he does a lot more than lay em’ down. He walks down pitchers too, as evidenced by his going 5-for-5 while scoring three times in Sunday’s win over the Red Sox.

 

That perfect day followed a 2-for4 performance in a 4-2 win over Boston on Saturday.

 

 

Mullins is on fire and off to an electrifying start in his first full season in the majors. The 26-year-old speed demon is now 9-for-13 at the plate, making it a no-brainer for skipper Brandon Hyde to keep him in the leadoff spot.

He’s already making history.

 

Looks like we have another Black Knight breaking through in the game and establishing himself as a Soul Patroller of great impact. The left-handed hitter looks to stay hot as the Orioles travel to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees.

Don’t look now but the projected cellar dweller Orioles are 3-0. Must Be The Mullins.