The 2021 season saw some MLBbros become parts of baseball history. From breaking single-season home run records the most home runs at a position to being a franchise’s first 30/30 club member and even the first walk-off in the Great state of Iowa, this was one to remember.
Here are our Top 10 MLBbros of 2021.
1. Marcus Semien
No second baseman in the history of Major League Baseball has hit more home runs in a season than Marcus Semien has for the 2021 Blue Jays, and with just a few games left, has a chance to pile on a few more.
Semien bet on himself this season and it has paid off big time. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the off-season and even made the switch from shortstop to prove his versatility.
Semien’s 44 home runs have him fourth in the race for the Home Run crown, while some of his other numbers absolutely crushed other Major League second baseman.
He is slashing .267/.338/.881 with 101 RBI and 39 doubles and also has the highest Wins Above Replacement rating in the Majors at 7.2.
Semien was exactly what they needed in the city of Toronto to get over the hump and become true contenders.
He’ll get the chance to test the free agent waters and says he wants to be considered a short stop while doing so. I don’t think we can rule out the possibility he continues to play second base, but he should get the chance to be paid top dollar regardless of which side of the diamond he is on.
2. Cedric Mullins
Cedric Mullins may have had the greatest season in Baltimore Orioles franchise history, and the numbers do not lie.
Mullins became the fourth active player to join the illustrious 30 home run and 30 stolen base club. No other Oriole has ever done that.
Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez, Ronald Acuña Jr.
The 5’8 175 center fielder has the eighth highest batting average in the Majors, the fourth most doubles and is ranked seventh in OPS among outfielders.
Mullins’ 2021 All-Star selection shocked many people, but throughout this entire season he proved his name belongs amongst baseball’s elite players.
Even though Baltimore baseball is going through tough times, they have a diamond in the rough batting leadoff and playing center field for years to come.
3. Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge has had his best season since he won the 2017 Rookie of the Year award. The Empire State has been on his back this entire season, and Judge has continued to step up and answer the bell each time in pressure situations.
From his late home run in the Field of Dreams Game to his go-ahead double against the rival Red Sox this past weekend on Sunday Night Baseball, Judge showed this year he is one of the most clutch players the game has to offer.
We told you back in April his health was key to a Yankees playoff berth.
He’s given us more than a few missles and treasured moments.
This view of Aaron Judge's Field of Dreams homer >>>>>>
Judge leads the Yankees in almost every offensive category this season: games played, hits, doubles, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS or WAR.
He now has 38 home runs, 96 RBI and an OPS of .916 this season.
4. Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson has become one of the faces of baseball over the last few seasons and continues to make his case for best shortstop in the game every time he steps on the field.
TA7 is one of the most feared leadoff hitters in all of baseball. He has the ability to make it 1-0 before most fans can make it to their seats from the concession stands.
Anderson sits slightly out of the Top 10 for average in the Majors at .301. He also adds 17 home runs, 18 steals, 59 RBI and 92 runs scored to his season totals.
5. Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton has been the Robin to Aaron Judge’s Batman this year, especially during the second half of the season when the Yankees made their run to get themselves back into contention.
Stanton has the second highest exit velocity average on batted balls this year at 95.3, just slightly behind Judge who is at 95.9. He also has 35 home runs, 96 RBI and an .881 OPS.
Stanton etched his name in the history books of one of baseball’s best rivalries, the Yankees and Red Sox. In their final time in Boston this season Stanton became one of four Yankees to have three home runs and 10 RBI in any 3-game span vs the Red Sox.
6. Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman sat out the entire 2020 season, and for him to return in 2021 and lead the Majors in starts, he deserves some respect on his name.
Stroman finished with a career high 33 starts and posted the second lowest ERA of his career.
Jazz Chisholm ends up on Marcus Stroman’s back, and the two laugh about it after. This is some wholesome stuff between two great players. pic.twitter.com/WirpC8d4m2
Despite having the “best pitcher” in baseball (Jacob deGrom) the and a 2021 All-Star in their rotation (Taijuan Walker) Stroman was the most consistent Mets pitcher throughout the season.
He’ll have the chance to test the market as a free agent and will have multiple suitors as he may be the most marquee name behind Max Scherzer.
7. Mookie Betts
Despite fighting through multiple injuries and maybe a little 2020 World Series hangover, Mookie Betts had a fine 2021, even if some of his numbers are a peg lower than what we’ve become accustomed too.
Betts was named an All-Star this season and currently has 22 home runs, 56 RBI, 89 runs scored and a .371 on base percentage. His OPS is quickly approaching .900 as well.
He’s been a swiss army knife for the Dodgers, moving around in the lineup as well as playing second base for a few games and turning out a few web gems.The formed MVP will surely save his biggest moments for the playoffs.
8. J.P. Crawford
J.P. Crawford put himself in rare company last season when he became one of the few recent black Gold Glove winning infielders and it looks like he’ll repeat again this season.
He leads the Majors in putouts and assists and seems to give the west coast jaw dropping highlights every single night.
At the plate Crawford made some improvements from last season. His average against left handed pitchers increased from .242 to .276. Crawford ranks 14th in the league in total hits and leads all Major League shortstops with 37 doubles.
On the year he is slashing .273/.336/.715 with 52 RBI and nine home runs.
9. Michael Brantley
If Michael Brantley could have avoided the injury bug this season, he would have had a legit chance at the 2021 batting championship.
Dusty Baker on Michael Brantley back in the lineup (DH): “It feels great..a big part of our lineup. We missed him big time.” pic.twitter.com/RYi6NlxPP8
He started the season off hot, earning his fifth career All-Star appearance as he led the Majors in batting average for most of the first half of the season.
He’s only appeared in 118 out of 159 games this season and has 29 doubles, a .311 average and a .798 OPS. Another great season for “The Professional.”
10. Triston McKenzie
Triston McKenzie had to learn on the fly this season, and grew up in front of our eyes with some dominant starts, particularly on August 15th when he pitched eight innings out one hit baseball and a career high 11 strikeouts.
At one point of the season McKenzie put together seven consecutive quality starts from August 5th to September 14th.
McKenzie is also going to lead the team in strikeouts, becoming one of the youngest to do so in franchise history just behind C.C. Sabathia who did it at age 21.
Josh Bell– Despite the struggles of his Nationals, Bell had himself a great year. He is at 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .814 OPS.
Jazz Chisholm Jr.– Injuries at the beginning of the season stopped Jazz from being a 2021 All-Star, but we still got the chance to see him Euro step across the plate 17 times.
He has an outside chance at winning the National League’s Rookie of the Year award, but the only Bahamian born player currently in the Majors has already impressed folks around the league
LaMonte Wade Jr.– Wade Jr. is the epitome of what the San Francisco Giants have been able to do this season. He continually stepped up especially in late game situations earning himself the nickname “Late Night Lamonte”
Jack Flaherty – Jack Flaherty was on his way to becoming a black ace and winning 20 games before an injury stalled his season for a few months.
The Cardinals seemed to come back alive when he returned as they rattled off 17 consecutive wins at one point. It seems Flaherty might come out of the bullpen for St. Louis during their playoff run if they can get past the wild card games.
It’s been a great season and we’ve brought you the best of the Black and Brown players in MLB. We’ll be back next season with our #HIGHFIVE lists.
Stroman also showed us why he is one of the top athletes in the sport, as he dropped a bunt down and sprinted 4.02 to first base.
It’s not the first time Stroman has shown off his skill with the bat as well as his speed. Multiple pitchers have fallen victim to his bunt singles, and with the speed he has he’ll claim more in his future.
Stroman’s next start will come next Tuesday in Fenway Park against the Red Sox.
Even when he’s not circling the bases with one swing, Mullins is doing the job of a leadoff hitter and getting on base in any way possible.
Mullins has gotten on base in 15 consecutive games, not including his pinch hit appearance on August 30th and scored 15 times.
5. J.P. Crawford
The Mariners 19-year long playoff drought is currently the longest in the Majors.
At some point this season, they were supposed to fall off, but led by last year’s Gold Glove shortstop J.P. Crawford, they have won 7 out of 10 games and are two and a half back of the final wild card spot.
Crawford put the Astros on ice with a two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to save Seattle from getting swept.
Over his last seven games Crawford is hitting .323 with six RBI, four walks and eight runs.
We are dancing into September, the final month of the regular season and the official beginning of the race for pennants and playoff spots.
It is also the final chance for players to make their cases for MVP considerations, and Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge has put his name atop the ballot with his play and the team’s current hot streak.
For that, he takes the top spot on Week 21 of our #HighFive List.
1. Aaron Judge
We have been saying it all year, and it becomes clearer and clearer with each passing day; Aaron Judge should have his name in every conversation when discussing who should win the American League MVP award.
Even though Judge was named as a starter for the American League All-Star team, he still has gone underappreciated and undervalued on talk shows and other media outlets.
The numbers for Judge over his last 26 games have put the rest of the Majors on notice, as he continues to prove he is a top 10 player in the game. He is slashing .368/.456/.684 with six doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and four steals
The Yankees now claim a two-game lead for the top wild card spot and will look to extend it against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles.
2. Devin Williams
Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams got off to a slow start to begin his sophomore campaign, but lately he has shown he is one of the top relief pitchers in the game.
Entering Thursday Stanton has recorded hits in 12 out of 13 games and he torched the Atlanta Braves pitching staff during their quick two game series, including roping a two-run double down the left field line in the 6th inning of Monday’s game to break a 1-1 tie.
Giancarlo Stanton talks about the mood in the Yankees' clubhouse during this 10-game winning streak
Stanton has made the move from full time Designated Hitter to playing Left field in order to get the best out of what now is a deep Yankees roster, and his ability to not be a liability on defense has been just as key as his play with the bat in his hand.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a HR to right field to put the Yankees on the board first! 💥
This weekend Stanton and his Yankees will play four against Bay Area Bros Josh Harrison and Tony Kemp in Oakland.
2. Marcus Semien
The American League starter at second base in this year’s All-Star Game deserves to take home an American League Silver Slugger award this season. Marcus Semien takes the number two spot on this week’s #High/Five list after putting on a power display Wednesday.
Semien and his Blue Jays are heading to Motown for a series against the Detroit Tigers and Rookie of the Year candidate Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo.
3. Tim Anderson
The hero of the Field of Dreams Game takes the number three spot on our Week 20 #HighFive list.
Tim Anderson has recorded his in 11 of his last 12 games with seven of those being multi-hit performances including getting three in four different games.
Anderson has a batting average of .375 with six RBI, a home run and 12 total hits over his last seven games.
He dealt with a few Injury List stints earlier this season, but for the most part has been one of the most consistent players in the Majors while helping his White Sox cruise into the final month of the season with a lead in the American League Central.
During this season Judge and Stanton have been the most important pieces in the Yankees lineup, and they will have to carry the offense over the last month of the season if they want to secure a playoff spot.
Bell decided to show he was a savage in the batter’s box Wednesday in sunny South Beach against the Miami Marlins when he hit his twenty first home run of the season to end a shutout and tie the game at two a piece in the seventh inning.
Over his last seven games Bell has six RBI, drawn five walks, hit two home runs and has a .393 on base percentage.