Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

#MLBbro Ellis Burks had a stellar 18-year MLB career in which he swatted 352 homers and had a career batting average of .291.

He also knows a thing or two about rivalries having played for the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. Burks joins Mark Gray on “The Pushback” to talk 2021 MLB Playoffs.

 

Speed Demon Delino Deshields Jr. Reunites With His MLB Dad On Cincinnati Reds

Speed Demon Delino Deshields Jr. Reunites With His MLB Dad On Cincinnati Reds

Newly acquired outfielder Delino Deshields Jr. is being reunited with his father who is the first base coach for the Cincinnati Reds after being traded from Boston.

There will be a family reunion held in Ohio soon for the Deshields family as both senior and junior are now members of the Cincinnati Reds organization after the Red Sox traded Deshields for cash considerations Tuesday.

 

 

“I’m excited, nervous, proud- the whole gamut,” said Deshields Sr.  when asked about the new reality where he is now his son’s first base coach.

Deshields Sr. also known as “Bop” played 13 seasons in the Majors with five different teams.  In his Major League debut, Deshields became one of what is now 12 players to record four hits.  For his career he hit .268 with and 463 stolen bases.

 

 

Delino’s sister Diamond may be the best athlete in the family.  She was the third overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft and was named to the All-Star game in 2019 where she also won the Skills Challenge.

When it comes to pure speed, there is a short list of players in any sport who may be able to keep up with Delino Deshields Jr.  Deshields was the eighth overall selection by the Houston Astros in the 2010 draft.

 

 

His time in H-Town was summed up by him getting hit in the face with a 90MPH fastball in April of 2014.  He was then selected by the Texas Rangers after the 2014 Winter Meetings in the Rule 5 Draft and was on the Opening Day roster to begin the year.

 

 

During his time patrolling center field in Arlington, Deshields was constantly making great catch after great catch.  His speed allows him to turn plays nobody would ever make into web gems.

In December of 2019, Deshields was traded to the Cleveland Guardians in a deal that sent Cory Klueber back to Texas.  This was the last time we saw him in the Big Leagues as in just 37 games that year Deshields hit .252 with no home runs, seven RBI and three doubles.

 

 

Before the 2021 season, Deshields signed a Minor League contract to return to the Rangers but would not end up making the 40-man roster as he was sent to Triple A Round Rock for 66 games where he stole 16 bases and posted a batting average of .263 before he was again traded at the beginning of August, this time to the Boston Red Sox.

In Triple A this season Deshields has been successful on over 87 percent of his stolen base attempts and has a batting average of .252 with a .385 on base percentage.

 

 

Deshields was eligible to be traded after the July 31st trade deadline because he was not on the Red Sox 40-man roster and played this season on a minor league deal.  He will be sent to the Reds Triple A affiliate, the Louisville Bats but with Major League rosters expanding to 40 players in September, Deshields should have a spot on the team for their playoff run.  

 

 

The speed factor Deshields adds to the roster could play a major role in the Reds winning or losing the one game wild card match they are fighting to play in.  The Reds rank dead last out of 30 Major League teams with only 27 stolen bases this year, and they trail the next team by six.  Delino was 21-24 when stealing bases this season.

That extra base or even just a few steps can be the difference in whether or not we get to see the 2021 version of the Big Red Machine late in October.

George Springer Is One Step Closer To His MLB Return

George Springer Is One Step Closer To His MLB Return

Tuesday night marked the return of Toronto Blue Jays high-priced outfielder George Springer. As planned, Springer played five innings out at center field and went hitless in four tries at the lead-off spot with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

 

 

Against the Rochester Redwings, Springer showed signs of burst right out the gate, nearly legging out a ground ball to third for the first out of the game.

 

 

Activating the nitrous boost out the box brought a sigh of relief for both the Blue Jays execs and Springer as doubts usually loom once a player comes back from a long injury designation. 

His return marked the second time for Springer after missing the first month of the season due to right quad and oblique injuries. His first attempt happened in late April/early May, where he played in four games as the designated hitter before the Bluebirds placed their million-dollar man on the injury list.

Springer hit three times out of 15 attempts in those four games with three RBI, two bases on balls, and two home runs.

 

 

Can you imagine adding a bat of this magnitude back in the lineup for the already stacked Blue Jays, who currently have a top-three offense in baseball? They recently had eight homers in a single game vs. the Boston Red Sox, the most ever by an opposing team at Fenway Park.

 

 

Scary Hours.

When healthy, Springer is a monster. Adding him to an already stacked Toronto offense will be a game-changer. 

In his final two seasons with the Houston Astros during the 2019-2020 seasons, he combined to hit .284/376/.576 for 133 runs, 128 RBI, and 53 home runs in just 173 games.

 

 

Those numbers were the reason the 31-year-old three-time All-Star was the Blue Jays’ number one target during free agency for the former World Series MVP, who went on to sign a six-year, $150 million contract this past winter. 

 

 

Springer’s time in the minors is unknown, as the Blue Jays want to protect their prized acquisition and have him return to centerfield for their centralized location in Buffalo as soon as possible. 

Blue Jays analyst for SportsCenter Scott Mitchell tweeted a quote from manager Charlie Montoyo who said, “It could take one game, it could take five, it could take 10. We are going to communicate with him every day to see how he feels.”

 

 

Coincidentally, the destination between Triple-A Rochester, New Jersey, and Sahlen Field, where the Blue Jays play, is only a 75-minute drive, so his call to the show should be in a scintilla of a second.

Look for Springer to get back in game shape, as his Bisons take on the Redwings, including Tuesday night in a six consecutive game battle.

Miami Marlins City Connect Series Drip Unveiled Today

Miami Marlins City Connect Series Drip Unveiled Today

Major League Baseball and NIKE are unveiling the second jersey in their City Connect Series Monday morning, and on-deck is one of the most-diverse and culturally affluent cities — the Miami Marlins.

We personally unveiled the first jersey in this series from the Boston Red Sox back in April. 

 

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

 

We have entered a new era of baseball and the game-changers at NIKE are a huge part of the culture change that invigorating the sport at the grassroots level.  From bat flips, walk-off celebrations and passionate play all across the country, this is not the same style of diamond-mining your grandad grew up watching. 

In January of 2019 NIKE struck a $3 billion deal, their third with an American professional sports league, to be the uniform maker for Major League Baseball.  

 

 

 

 

This season, they unveiled a new City Connect Series.  The jersey series celebrates the bond between each club and its city, exploring the personality, values and customs that make each community and their residents unique.

No city or team fits this more perfectly than the diverse paradise that is Miami and their hometown Marlins.

The Marlins will be the second team out of seven to have their City Connect jerseys released this year.  

The Boston Red Sox were up first and came out big dripping in their yellow and blue Boston Marathon edition (Big thanks to the people at NIKE for sending me a customized version of the jersey).  These were worn April 17, in a game vs. the Chicago White Sox.

 

 

 

 

Miami will get their chance to dawn their uniforms this upcoming Friday night, and when you think of all the great uniforms that the city has seen, from the orange of the Dolphins to the new blue and pink Vice City edition Heat jerseys and even the green and orange worn by the Hurricane, I have high expectations for these.

This jersey will give an ode to Latin America’s contribution to baseball’s rich history.  In 1959, the Cuban Sugar Kings’ won the Junior World Series Championship which opened doors for many future Latin American baseball players to get to the majors.  

Fidel Castro nationalized all U.S.-owned enterprises in Cuba and on July 8th moved the team to Jersey City, New Jersey, were they became the Jersey City Jerseys.  They lasted there one season before the franchise had to move again due to poor attendance.

The somewhat new normal of black and orange usually worn by the Marlins will be replaced by red for their City Connect jerseys.  The jersey’s red color will pay tribute to the energetic vibe and culture of Latin American nations, blending the old school character with the bold swagger of Miami.

 

 

 

 

“Miami” will be across the chest of the jerseys in the hand-painted style of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.  On the right sleeve, there will be a redesigned Sugar Kings’ patch to connect Marlins baseball to the Latin American heritage and community in Miami.

One of our favorite, most flashy, stylish and swaggy MLB Bros, Jazz Chisholm, will get a chance to rock the new red uniforms as he returned to the club on Sunday after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since April 28.  

Five other teams will wear their City Connects on the field this season while the rest of the league waits until next year.  The White Sox on June 5, Cubs on June 12, Diamondbacks on June 18, Giants on July 9 and Dodgers on August 20.

The Marlins will debut their jerseys this coming Friday as they take on the New York Mets and their trio of MLB Bros Dominic Smith, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker.

Mo “Hit Dog” Vaughn Was A Beantown Bad Man & A Feared Craftsman Of The Crush

Mo “Hit Dog” Vaughn Was A Beantown Bad Man & A Feared Craftsman Of The Crush

By Contributor | Devon POV Mason 

The Boston Red Sox franchise is known for popular personalities as a staple over the years, and “The Hit Dog” aka Mo Vaughn reigned supreme in the mid-1990s.

The Red Sox and left-handed hitters have been joined at the hip for years. From Tris Speaker and Babe Ruth (a pitcher who belted 49 homers while in Beantown) to Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski to Fred Lynn. Wade Boggs and Mike Greenwell were southpaw forces as well, but none of them brought the power and wallop that the compact, 6-1, 275-pound rocket launcher did.

 

 

The power-hitting Vaughn spent eight seasons at first base for the Red Sox and in the process, he had 230 home runs and 753 RBI’s during his career. While also batting .304 and accumulating 199 doubles.

Vaughn finished his career with 328 home runs while playing for three franchises over 12 seasons. He also finished with a .293 career batting average and 1064 career RBI’s.

The pressure to win in Boston and end the “Curse of the Bambino” fell heavily on multiple players in the 90s, with Vaughn being one of them. Vaughn put up All-Star numbers but wasn’t able to shatter the curse as he and the Red Sox only made two playoff appearances during his tenure.

 

Boston Red Sox legends: A look back at the marvelous Mo Vaughn - Page 2

 

Through his first couple seasons beginning in 1991, he was productive in spots. The third season is where the light really came on and he drove in 101 runs. But 1995-98 is when  Vaughn really took off as a complete hitter.

He was named an All-Star three times during this span and even took home the AL MVP in 1995. Vaughn went yard 39 times, while driving in 126 runs, beating out Albert Belle and Edgar Martinez for his first and only MVP.

He only got better in 1996, and although the Red Sox missed the postseason his numbers were better than his MVP year prior. He hit 44 home runs and drove in 143 runs while batting a sizzling .346 at the plate. Despite this incredible season, he finished fifth in the MVP race. Vaughn also finished fourth in the 1998 MVP voting.

 

 

Boston might’ve been more successful during Vaughn’s years if not for their arch-nemesis New York Yankees returning to power those same exact years. A lot of the reason behind Boston’s just two playoff appearances stem from their division rival being so good as well.

Both playoff appearances ended in lopsided losses to the Uber-talented Cleveland Indians. Vaughn went a forgettable 0-14 in the 1995 playoff series. He fared much better in the 1998 series loss going 7-17 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s.

Consistency was always the strength of Vaughn’s game, albeit hitting for average or power, his bat was a formidable one for the Red Sox. He has 16-game hitting streaks in both 1995 and 1998. His 6 RBI game against the Royals in 1995 is still memorable. Or how bout his 3 home run day against the hated Yankees in 1997. Even with the 1998 season being his final one in Boston he started it off with a walk-off grand slam on opening day against the Mariners.

 

 

Vaughn had some run-ins with management, coupled with some off-the-field trouble and several run-ins with the media helped usher Vaughn out of “Beantown” in free agency after the 1998 season.

But prior to leaving, Big Mo spent almost a decade as a fan fave, while helping to keep those Red Sox teams competitive in a tough AL East where Derek Jeter and Joe Torre’s Yankees Dynasty was in full swing.

He was named to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008 and became eligible for Cooperstown in 2009. He only received a paltry 1.1 percent of the votes, meaning he’d no longer be eligible for possible induction.

Despite the ups and downs, including his non-graceful exit from Boston, he’ll always be considered a franchise great. He is easily one of the top-ten-left-handed hitters in Boston Red Sox franchise history.