J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

J.P. Crawford has evolved into a high-level player throughout the past few seasons.

When he first entered the league in 2017, it was just a matter of time until he would blow up.

When you talk about some of the top players in the league, it’s hard not to mention Crawford. 

The talented shortstop already has a Gold Glove Award under his belt and this season he had his eyes set on an All-Star selection.

 

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

 

As the 2021 season progressed, Crawford was making a case for the All-Star ballot. 

This brother could not miss the ball at the plate during the month of June. He went on a six-game hitting streak earlier in the month and then not too long after went on a 12-game hitting streak.

Yes, this was all in the same month. He finished June with a .352 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI.

 

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With those numbers you think he would be a shoe in to make the All-Star team. But unfortunately Crawford did not. The abundance of shortstop talent made him the odd man out.

Not being selected to the All-Star Game had Crawford feeling some type of way. “I was hurt. I still am,” Crawford told mlb.com when he was not selected. “I thought I had a shot to definitely be there. It’s a shame. I really wanted to represent Seattle…”

Though Crawford wasn’t selected to play in the All-Star Game, he knows that there is a lot more at stake this season.

Crawford has emerged as a leader in his third season with the Seattle Mariners. He is becoming a well-rounded, highly-confident player.

“I know I can compete with the best of them now, so I’ve just got to stay healthy,” Crawford said. 

“My first game here in ‘19, I was just trying to stay quiet, show these guys what I could do and stay out of the way,” Crawford said. “And now I feel like this is my team. And I feel that energy. Guys come up to me. I want them to come up to me. And I want to be that guy because I’ve always been that leader-type role, and I’m ready for it. This is my team. I want to lead us to the promised land.”

 

Our MLBbro is ready to help lead his team to the playoffs and he’s determined to build on the success he had during the 2020 season.

 

Through 96 games, Crawford has a .270 batting average with five home runs and 31 RBI. 

Though he didn’t make the All-Star team, Crawford is going to continue to show why he’s one of the top players in the league and he’ll be a Bro you definitely need to know during the second half of the season.

 

Tim Anderson Is Scorched Earth As Hit Streak Balloons To 16

Tim Anderson Is Scorched Earth As Hit Streak Balloons To 16

Tim Anderson is in the mighty midst of a career-high 16-game hitting streak, 12-game run scored streak and a 3-game home run streak. The runs scored streak extends his #WhiteSox franchise record.

 

Prior to Monday’s doubleheader against the Twins, Anderson capped off the weekend in blazing fashion. He went 7-for-17 in three games against the Astros with three bombs, including a wall-bouncing homer, which snapped a long ball drought of 44 days.

 

 

Although Anderson has hit safely in 16 consecutive games, he’s also recorded a hit and run in 12 straight games — another franchise record. The former batting champion continues to make everybody who felt he wasn’t an All-star starter eat crow. 

 

 

Every time Guaranteed Rate Field announces TA7’s plate appearance, echoing throughout the stadium’s sound system should play “I’m Coming In Hot “with Christian rap artists Lecrae and Andy Mineo. The MLBbro is averaging .403/.409/.612 with 18 runs scored, 10 RBI, seven multi-hit games, six doubles, three homers, and one triple during the hit streak. 

Since 2019, when he puts the ball in play, Anderson is averaging .395, which started in 2019. Throughout
249 games, he is 301-762, which means he has been a consistent raker at the plate, which led the
southside phenom to make his first All-Star game appearance in Denver, Colorado, last week.

MLBbro and 2014 Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and other legends mentioned his numbers over the past three years. They asked him about his drip and how did it come about? 

His response, “It’s got to be in you, not on you.” 

 

Anderson was mic’d up during the showcase of the immortals, where he indicated how the event was his first time and that he knows he belongs in the game. 

 

He said, “I knew I was supposed to be here all along. I just continued playing and kept having fun with the game. He continued, “I play against these guys, so they know what I bring to the table day in and day out. They know how I play the game. They must love me.”

Anderson was a substitute who only played on the defensive side of the diamond, so the fans of the game didn’t get to see TA7 take any swings at the plate, which is mind-boggling.

Chicago Tribune reporter LaMond Pope asked Anderson if he wished he would have gotten up to the plate? With a smile on his face, he said, “for sure, but it’s all good. Kevin (Cash), I’ll see him in Tampa, so I’ll take it out on him then.”

Anderson told the Chicago Sun-Times reporter Daryl Van Schouwen that he hopes the 2021 All-Star game won’t be his last. He said, “Hopefully, I’ll be able to start one soon. That will give me a little motivation. Being there definitely makes you want to get back.

TA7 is the new face of baseball. His team currently holds the number one spot in the league, and he is on fire. If Anderson keeps raking like this, he can achieve some gold gloves, silver sluggers, and league MVPs soon with numbers like these.

Tim Beckham is Ready To Make His Return To The Show

Tim Beckham is Ready To Make His Return To The Show

Beckham, who signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox this offseason, has been on a power tear with their Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. 

He’s smashed 10 home runs and driven in 30 runs so far and hasn’t approached this season like an entitled big leaguer simply buying time.

“(Beckham’s) been working hard,” Knights manager Wes Helms told the Charlotte Observer. “He’s been here every day in the cage, you know, comes out and hits the machine early. He’s just really working on staying on the ball instead of just pulling off and rounding it, and it’s showing in the game. He is driving balls now.”

Beckham’s big bat may be heating up at the perfect time, as the injury bug has hit the first place, White Sox, hard over the last month. 

Starting second basemen Nick Madrigal was lost for the year to a torn hamstring, starting right fielder Adam Eaton was placed on the 10 day DL, and utility men Billy Hamilton and Adam Engel have both been placed on the DL as well. 

So with such a wide range of injuries, the White Sox need a veteran to fill that role of utility man, and Beckham is perfect for the job. 

Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, is a shortstop by trade but can be used in the outfield. He did as much for the Mariners in 2019 when injuries to their outfield forced him into action.

 

 

]While Beckham solidified himself as a quality MLB utility player during his time in Seattle, it’s the end of his tenure that’s put him in his current situation.

In August of 2019, Beckham was suspended without pay for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. His positive test was almost one year after then fellow Mariner Robinson Cano was popped for PEDs. 

According to Beckham he never knowingly took a banned substance. Instead, he says he ingested a product that he was assured was safe. Despite the confusion, he quickly accepted full responsibility in a statement released through The Major League Baseball Players Association;

“I accept full responsibility for putting myself in this position. I sincerely apologize to the Mariners organization, the fans, my teammates, and my family for this mistake. I look forward to resuming my career once my suspension has been served.”

His suspension is long expired, and now Beckham is patiently waiting for a chance to prove himself once again.

Tim Anderson Is The Franchise Anchor For A Rising White Sox Squad

Tim Anderson Is The Franchise Anchor For A Rising White Sox Squad

Tim Anderson is someone you want on your team and the White Sox love his leadership qualities

For the past few seasons, Anderson has been a household name throughout the MLB. When it comes to excitement and swag, Anderson has brought that to the game.

And he does it well. Whether it’s the bat flip after a home run or his smooth game at shortstop, Anderson is someone you want to watch.

Our MLBbro had his breakout season in 2019 when he batted .335, which led the league. This brother showed no signs of slowing down after that. 

What did he do in 2020? Oh, he just hit .322 during the shortened season and won his first Silver Slugger award. 

Going into the 2021 season, Anderson wanted to continue to make an impact on the field, and so far he is doing just that.

So far he’s living up to the expectations of one of the top players on a talented Chicago White Sox team. Through 60 games, Anderson is hitting .297 with six home runs, 26 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.

He’s getting it done on the field as well. Anderson is posting a .975 fielding percentage through 59 games. One thing about Anderson is that he’s going to leave it all on the field every time he touches the diamond.

Not only is he exciting to watch, he also is a leader on the field and in the clubhouse. Anderson knows how to stay true to himself and that’s something he takes pride in.

 

 

“It’s nothing like, ‘Hey, I need to be that, I need this to happen,’ ” Anderson told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But if I just keep being me, standing on what I believe in, then I’m happy in my spot where I’m at, where my feet are. And that’s cool, too.”

“I’m going to keep leading and be an example, leading and inspiring people and making my teammates better,” he said.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa enjoys having Anderson on his team. But, then again, who wouldn’t want a player like Anderson on their team?

“What I’ve learned is he has a gift and burning desire to win,” La Russa said, “and he communicates to his teammates and does it in a real positive way.”

“He has great spirit, and it’s all about wanting his team to win. That’s the best motivation there is, and it’s infectious with our team.”

If you have paid any attention to the White Sox this season, you would see that Anderson is a big part of the team’s success. 

Through 74 games, the White Sox are 44-30 and are first in the American League Central Division. 

Like La Russa said, Anderson’s leadership qualities are infectious and the fans on the South Side love Anderson.

The younger Black generation has a great player to look up to. Anderson plays with passion and you can tell he has a deep love for the game. 

 

When his career is done, Anderson will be a player that people will talk about for years to come. That’s how much of an impact he’s leaving on the game.

Our MLBbro is one of the best out there!

 

Barry Larkin Was The Top Dawg NL Shortstop of The 90s

Barry Larkin Was The Top Dawg NL Shortstop of The 90s

Barry Larkin wanted to be a shortstop ever since he was a kid watching his idol, Ozzie Smith, on television. Growing up in the Cincinnati suburbs, Larkin wanted to play for the legendary Cincinnati Reds, replace Dave Concepcion at short and become the greatest shortstop in Reds history. He accomplished that and then some.