The Miami Marlins is a franchise that has been around for almost 30 years. While the Marlins do not have a long and storied history, their tenure is full of finding and developing All-Star talent and potential franchise-leading caliber players who eventually leave the organization.
From current players such as Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich, going all the way back to Miguel Cabrera and Josh Beckett, the Marlins have struggled to retain their elite ballers over the years.
If Miami has learned its lesson from past mistakes, the team would be smart to not let history repeat itself with rising star and MLBbro Jazz Chisholm Jr.
A Shining Star
The Marlins’ second baseman radiates greatness. Although the team has been middle of the pack league this year, in terms of wins and losses, Chisholm Jr. has given fans much to be excited about.
The first quarter of the 2022 season has been undeniably astonishing for Chisolm who has produced a batting average of.290 with seven home runs and 27 RBI.
Factoring in above average defense, Jazz Chisholm Jr. has arguably been the best second baseman in the National League.
Barring injury, or other unforeseen circumstances, he should be the National League starting second baseman in this year’s All-Star game.
The Marlins are still not fully ready to compete in the playoffs, but fans have to be worried that the team may make the same mistakes as before and trade an All-Star level player before capitalizing on his greatness.
Entering the season, the Marlins were not completely sold on their young prospect, after a 2021 season that showed much promise. He began 2022 batting in the ninth spot, but he would soon show that his approach at the plate was much more valuable. Unfortunately, Jr. still has been dismal against left-handed pitchers, batting sub .150 against them, but he has been commendable against righties batting above .320 in opposite-handed matchups.
Since the early portion of the season, he has been entrenched as the table setter in the leadoff spot. With impressive power and speed, he gives the Marlins a threat in the lineup that they have not had since the likes of their last MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
As long as Miami keeps Chisholm Jr. in the organization they will always have an elite cornerstone piece to build around with a Top 20 WAR rating (2.0).
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is already amongst the game’s most productive players.
Swagger and Flair
As if the statistical proof wasn’t enough to convince the Marlins to throw a huge bag at keeping The Bahamian Blur hitched long term, his swagger, presence, and charisma should seal the deal.
Not only does he add excitement in his play with electrifying speed, he gives fans the total package with other entertaining antics. Chisholm Jr. has become famous for mimicking the basketball move, the “euro step” (faking the ball from one side to the other) before crossing home plate after home runs.
His new Marlins culture has even become infectious as last year Nationals Pitcher John Rogers, also recreated the euro step after striking out Chisholm Jr. The flair with which he plays makes the game fun for not only fans, but also other players.
He is so over with the fans, his signature Home Run celebration was added to the popular baseball game, MLB the Show franchise. Not only for his productivity on the field, but for the fantastic box-office caliber player he can be, Marlins fans at long last may have a star that will be around for a while.
Mookie Betts is dangerous and after a slow start he has reminded everyone that he is one of the best players in baseball. Hollywood’s biggest star takes the top spot in Week 7 of our #HighFive list, and there’s no sign of him ever letting it go.
1. Mookie Betts
Before April 22nd, Mookie Betts had hit zero home runs this season. That night, he went deep twice against the San Diego Padres and since then his 11 home runs lead all Major League hitters.
Betts, currently on pace to become the second player to score 150 runs since 1950, is playing at the top of his game. When he does, he’s one of the best baseball players in the world.
Betts is batting .440 with a 1.080 slugging percentage, four home runs, 10 RBI and an on-base percentage of .533 over the last seven games. Last Saturday, Betts’ talents were on full display against the Phillies.
Betts hit a solo homer, a two-run double and threw out the go-ahead runner at home in the 7th inning.
For an encore, Betts homered Sunday afternoon as well.
"This game is so hard so to be able to play well on both sides of the ball, you take it when it comes." Mookie Betts talks about his dominant day in Philly (3-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) with our studio crew. #Dodgerspic.twitter.com/TWuT3JTZI7
Mookie added two more home runs to his already-stacked May resume Tuesday night — one being bro-on-bro crime — taking Nationals future Ace and MLBBro Josiah Gray deep.
This weekend the Betts and the Dodgers have a four-game divisional series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2. Aaron Judge
The bag Aaron Judge will get this offseason, wherever he signs, just keeps getting bigger and bigger with each growing day. He takes the two spot on this weeks #HighFive list.
Judge’s home run lead between him and the pack has grown, including a two-home run game Tuesday against Baltimore.
Now with Giancarlo Stanton going on the Injured List with a calf injury, Judge can raise his value even higher if he can help make up for Stanton’s 35 RBI – which have him one ahead of Judge for the team lead.
He struck out six, walked two and only allowed five hits to make it his third consecutive quality start and second win of the season.
On the season, Walker is now 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 18 strikeouts while only giving up seven walks.
Last season, Walker hit a wall after the All-Star Break. Maybe it was due to the innings pitched and pressure situations after the Mets staff had to deal with injury after injury to some of their more notable stars.
Once again, this season that seems like it may be the case for the Mets. Former Cy Young winners Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer — who was acquired over the offseason — are both injured.
It helped that last year the Mets could also lean on Marcus Stroman who led the Majors in starts after opting out the 2020 Covid-shortened season.
Walker’s next start will come Saturday against the Phillies where he will look to help extend the Mets seven-game lead in the National League East.
4. Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Major League Baseball’s leader in triples takes the fourth spot on our #HighFive list this wee while, fans hold their breaths in hopes the hamstring injury he suffered a few days ago isn’t serious.
Even out of the lineup the last two games, Chisholm is one of nine players including MLBBro Tim Anderson and Shohei Ohtani to have five steals, five home runs and at least a .250 batting average.
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Jazz Chisholm Jr. makes another fine defensive play, this time fielding a weird hop barehanded to get Ozzie Albies 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BGdbHAHOL3
He has also improved on the defensive side of the ball, ranking fourth among all Major League second baseman in defensive WAR.
If Chisholm can return to the lineup and stay healthy, he has a great chance of representing the Bahamas as the first Major League All Star from the country.
5. Tyrone Taylor
Tyrone Taylor has not only earned a spot our #HighFive list for the first time in the two years we have been ranking, but also he now finds himself with an everyday job in the Milwaukee Brewers outfield.
Taylor has been raking over his last seven games, accounting for three home runs, a .320 average and 11 RBI including at least one in six straight games.
Tuesday, he hit a game-winning three-run homer with the game tied late to help the Brewers win two out of three games against the Padres.
Since the debut of the first Black player in the MLB, Jackie Robinson, there have been several notable Black All-Stars. Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, and Frank Thomas are just a few of the well-deserving Black players who have achieved this great feat.
The 2022 MLB season is still in its early stages, but if the early indicators are any sure signs, we may have a plethora of new Black All-Stars.
MLBbros Bound for L.A.
The first quarter of the season is hardly a large enough sample size to predict All Star rosters. With MLB rules stating that every team must be represented at the All-Star game, this helps us to broaden our perspective for potential All Star players. MLBbros Byron Buxton, JP Crawford, and Jazz Chisholm are the best candidates to represent the Black players in Los Angeles, the home of the 2022 MLB All Star game.
Byron Buxton: I mentioned earlier in the season that if Byron Buxton could remain healthy, he would be a hot topic in the MVP conversation. While a knee injury did result in him missing almost two weeks of playing time, he has since come back on a tear.
Through 16 games Buxton is batting .290 with 7 HR. Not to mention since his return to the lineup the Twins have been winning more consistently, winning eight out of their last ten games.
J.P. Crawford: The Seattle Mariners shortstop is having a career season. He is batting .364 and has improved dramatically at the plate this season. Fresh off a 5 year/ $51 million contract extension, Crawford has rewarded Seattle with his best season to date.
Although he has not been the defensive superstar that he was years prior, his body of work (Gold Glove 2020) shows he can return to being an elite defender. If he can maintain his improved batting and return to top tier defense, he will undoubtedly be Seattle’s All-Star representative.
Jazz Chisholm: After injuries slowed down what was an overall promising year in 2021, the Miami Marlins 2nd baseman Jazz Chisholm has started strong once again. Chisholm is still providing excellent defense on the field and tremendous speed on the basepaths.
He already has three triples on the year, which is one shy of his previous year’s total of four. With four HRs also and a .329 batting average, Chisholm is proving to be one of the best all-around young players in the sport.
MLBbros on All-Star Watch
There are also some MLBbros who are on the All-Star radar and can boost their chances with strong performances in May and June. Josh Bell and George Springer are both having good seasons for their respective clubs.
MLBbro Josh Bell, while not a household name, is on fire batting an impressive .349 and is top five in the National League in Batting Average and Hits. In his seventh year, Bell is putting together the best season since his 2019 All-Star season.
George Springer is no stranger to the All-Star game, as he has already made three appearances. Yet, he has not been an All-Star since 2019. He is finding success early in his first year with his new team: the Toronto Blue Jays. If he can continue being an offensive catalyst at the top of their lineup, and the Blue Jays continue their success, there is a good chance that Springer makes his fourth All-Star appearance in Los Angeles.
The All-Star game in baseball is one of the most competitive All-Star games in professional sports. Both leagues fight for supremacy and the game is fun and compelling. If these MLBbros continue to excel through the summer months of the season, they will earn themselves an opportunity to shine on one of the biggest stages the sport can offer.
His first was a two-run home run in the 7th inning that tied the game at three. Then in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners on second and third White Sox manager Tony La Russa disrespected Buxton. La Russa decided to pitch to him with a base open. The plate appearance ended with a 469ft three run walk-off home run, tracked as the longest in the Statcast era (since 2015).
Since 2019, the Minnesota Twins are 124-73 (101-win pace) with a +233 run differential when Byron Buxton plays, per @PaulHembo.
In the 203 games he hasn't played, Twins are 94-109 (75-win pace) and -97.
In his last 162 games, Buxton has 8.4 WAR. The definition of impact player.
That’s just one of many impressive numbers Buxton has put on his resume over the last few seasons. Entering Thursday, the Twins are 125-73 when he plays and his Wins Above Replacement rating is higher than Mike Trout, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto during that time.
Buxton has a long way to go, but early on, he’s on pace to become the ninth player in Major League history with a WAR above 10 for a season.
Seattle’s newest captain has shown this season he can apply pressure with the bat the same way he does with his Gold Glove on defense.
Entering Thursday, Crawford found himself in fifth place in the Majors for On Base Percentage and ninth in OPS. His power numbers look like they will be up as well judging by his three no-doubter home runs in the last seven games – not to mention the impressive bat flips.
This bro continues to be a tough out and will look to keep his hot bat going agaisnt the Rays.
JP Crawford has 22 hits in 17 games this season, with a OBP of .461 – second best in the league.
On the season, Crawford is batting .333 with those three home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored.
3. Jazz Chisholm Jr.
This week we were taught a very valuable lesson, do not rush the “Bahamian Blur.”
The umpire during last Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals was the culprit, but Yadi Molina and the baseball players were the only victims from the crime scene.
Chisholm tried to gather himself after an 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. The umpire hurried him into the box. After a bit of back-and-forth between the two he settled in the box and smashed a home run deep to right field.
Aaron Judge is playing for a bag this season. Not just any bag, he wants to be paid as the top player in baseball. He finally got on the home run board this week.
Judge kicked off his 30th birthday weekend with two home runs against the Cleveland Guardians Friday night. He then made one of the biggest plays of the season when he stood up to Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures in right field who were throwing stuff at a Guardians outfielder after the Yankees walk-off win.
During his last seven games last year’s American League Silver Slugger has a .360 batting average with three home runs, five RBI, three walks and .429 On Base Percentage.
5. Josiah Gray
Coming into Thursday, Gray ranks seventh in strikeouts among all pitchers.
He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his start Wednesday against the Bahamian Blurs’ Marlins.
Chisholm applied pressure to Gray with a lead off bunt single in his start this week against the Miami Marlins. Gray settled down, striking out the next two batters, throwing 23 of his first 27 pitches for strikes and allowing no runs through the first two innings.
For the first time this year a team hit Gray around a little. He finished allowing seven hits in 5.2 innings while giving up four runs and three walks.
His next start will be Sunday in the Bay against the San Francisco Giants.