The Price Of Victory | Mookie Betts Has Probably Spoken To Trevor Bauer For The Last Time

The Price Of Victory | Mookie Betts Has Probably Spoken To Trevor Bauer For The Last Time

Mookie Betts and many baseball fans around the country have one major thing in common: they have a ton of respect for Trevor Bauer’s accolades.

Forget the controversial social media posts regarding touchy subjects such as racism and political conspiracies.

Forget about the allegations of him using social media to harass women. Bauer is a Cy Young Award winner, and for some, that was all that mattered. 

Last February, as talk buzzed about the Dodgers signing Bauer, Betts said in an interview that getting a Cy Young Award winner “would be exciting.”

When asked about Bauer’s controversial past actions, Betts gave the human answer.

Bauer’s past didn’t worry him. At the time, he said he felt the Dodgers knew what they were signing up for. 

Bauer had the talent and the accolades to make so many willingly turn a blind eye to his poor character. Betts could have used that interview to acknowledge that Bauer was wrong, without necessarily chastising Bauer before the season even began.

However, Betts chose to simply state what was so painfully obvious already. 

The Dodgers wanted to win, and anyone who could help them win was a justified addition to the team.

 

 

No questions asked. Internet trolling was nothing more than that.

Controversial tweets posted in a shameless manner couldn’t possibly be a small reflection of someone’s character. It’s almost as if there was no reason for Betts, or anyone else on the team, to embrace Bauer as a new teammate while still acknowledging right from wrong. 

 

Fast forward to 2021, and the actions of Bauer have every member of the Dodgers organization tongue tied.

The star pitcher is currently under criminal investigation for sexually assaulting a woman, and the allegations are backed up by significant evidence. The Pasadena Police Department even admitted that this investigation is a lot bigger than what anyone initially thought. The highly decorated pitcher is now on leave, which was administered by Major League Baseball.

 

 

No active Dodgers player has spoken publicly about the new allegations or criminal investigation surrounding Bauer. There is no telling how Betts, or any other player in that locker room now feels about having Bauer as a member of the team.

 

 

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times :

Bauer’s career is in jeopardy, and his stay with the Dodgers could be over, the sexual-assault allegations having turned a pitcher in his prime into a pariah in his own clubhouse, where no teammate has spoken publicly about him or come to his defense. Two people with knowledge of Dodgers clubhouse dynamics, who are unauthorized to speak publicly about the situation, said that a majority of players do not want Bauer back under any circumstances.

 

Many members of the team, including Betts, have unfollowed Bauer on social media. Nevertheless, social media follows are all up for interpretation; either you read into them or you don’t. 

We might never get another quote from Betts about anything Trevor Bauer related. If not, there is no reason to hold Bett’s past comments over his head forever.

However, the words by Betts, along with the actions from the Dodgers organization in itself, highlight a common issue: so many people are too eager to let accolades be the justifying factor in giving an athlete the benefit of the doubt as it regards to their character.

No one would have guessed that the Dodgers would be in this situation after signing Bauer. It doesn’t change the fact that the point still stands. It is easier to get your past actions forgiven, or in Bauer’s case, completely ignored if you are an accomplished athlete. 

At the same time, the wheels of justice move slowly but they do move and eventually we will know the fate of Trevor Bauer.

 

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 15)

#HIGHFIVE: Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 15)

Even though the Bros put on a post-All-Star week hitting clinic, the Met’s durag-rockin’ Black Knight from Long Island AKA Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman takes the top spot in Week 15 of our #HighFive list.

1. Marcus Stroman

 

Marcus Stroman had two very interesting starts this week, but we will start with the one that may be the best of his career:

 

 

Wednesday he was both a hit and a walk away from perfection against the Cincinnati Reds.  In eight innings he struck out seven batters while only allowing one hit and one walk.  What might have been most impressive is he accomplished this in just 90 pitches, on a day the Met’s bullpen needed off in the worst way. 

 

 

Out of the 26 hitters Stroman faced, he threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of them.  He became the first Mets pitcher with an eight-inning shutout allowing just one hit or fewer since Jacob DeGrom in 2016. 

 

 

His Black Knight partner Taijuan Walker and former Cy Young rotation mate, Jacob DeGrom, got the accolade of being named 2021 All-Stars this season, but Stroman has been the one holding it down with consistency in the rotation. 

He is one of 13 pitchers to make 20 starts this season and carries a 2.58 ERA.

Now, to Stroman and the Pittsburgh Pirates executing a classic WWE impression:

 

 

After getting Pirates John Nogowski to line out in the fifth inning of Friday night’s game, Stroman pounded his glove and tried to fire up his dugout.  Nogowski took exception to that, and after, words were exchanged and the benches cleared. No punches were thrown, but it might not be a good idea to have those two in the same room for a while.  

In that game, he finished five innings allowing just two runs and striking out three.

2. Mookie Betts

 

Lately, Mookie Betts has gotten back to being one of the best hitters in all of baseball and before a hip injury caused him to miss a few days this week, he was on an absolute tear. 

In his past five games before only appearing only as a pinch-hitter Monday night, Betts was 12-for-16 at the plate for a .750 batting average.  Over that stretch, he had three home runs, four doubles, eight RBI and 12 runs.  That earned him a spot on Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights.

 

Home Boi Highlights | Mookie Betts

 

Betts has been out of the lineup during the Dodgers’ series against the first-place Giants and manager Dave Roberts has not ruled out him requiring time on the Injured List.

 

 

3. Tim Anderson

Ever since Tim Anderson saw his name left off of the original All-Star Game Roster, he became a different animal at the plate, showing why he has a batting championship in his trophy case. 

Despite having his 16-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, he is batting .323 with three home runs, four RBI, eight runs and two steals.  That leaves him currently sitting in 10th place for the league’s batting title. 

 

Tim Anderson Is Scorched Earth As Hit Streak Balloons To 16

 

This weekend Anderson leads his White Sox into the city of current title town Milwaukee to face the Brewers in what will be one of the best series this season in baseball. 

 

 

4. Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo

 

Baddoo Mania is back, as he has been putting the throttle down on his campaign to win American League Rookie of the Year.  Over his last seven games, Baddoo has three home runs, including two during the team’s four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.

 

 

The energy Baddoo can bring to the leadoff spot has carried throughout the entire Tigers lineup, as they have become one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Majors. 

They are the only team to not suffer a loss since returning from the All-Star break as they swept the Twins over the weekend in the Motor City. 

 

Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo Has Leaped Over Rookie Wall & Is Back To Bashing

 

5. Josh Bell

 

Josh has answered the Bell at the plate lately as he lands the final spot on this week’s #HighFive list.  Since June 1st he is one of three National League first baseman to have at least seven home runs and a batting average over .300. The other two being All-Star Starter Freddie Freeman and the Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt. 

Bell had a seven-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 Wednesday but homered in back-to-back games to begin the week. 

 

Over his last 15 games, Bell is hitting .286 with 16 hits, eight runs batted in and seven runs. 

 

The Nationals are trying to tread water while trying to get their team back to full strength, but with Bell along with Josh Harrison and former World Series MVP Juan Soto holding down the lineup (and them only being six games back of the Mets for first place in the NL East) they may be in store for a run.

 

Mookie Betts Has 12 Hits In Last 16 AB | MLBbros On The Playoff Chase

Mookie Betts Has 12 Hits In Last 16 AB | MLBbros On The Playoff Chase

While the first half of the MLB season can seem to drag, the second half is where we really get some quality baseball.

 

Teams across the league will be making deals up to the trade deadline to strengthen their clubs for a pennant race, and for the MLBbros mentioned below, the remaining games have a lot more riding on them; the postseason.

 

Mookie Betts 

Betts has been on fire in his last four games. After a perfect 4-for-4 night against Colorado on Saturday, Mookie has 12 hits in his last 16 at bats (.750 BA).

 

 

He’s raised his season average from .247 on July 4th to .271 and the second half of the season is looking like a monster mash for Mookie.

That’s good news for the Dodgers who sit one game behind San Francisco in the NL West division, with the Uber talented Padres sitting in the cut, 4.5 games behind LA and ready to make a run.

Dodgers’ fans held their collective breaths when Betts announced he wouldn’t be participating in this year’s  All-Star game, but the superstar quickly put all worry to rest.

“There’s no break in baseball, so this is the only time I can really get a break of more than a day,” Betts said.” I just want to use it to the best that I can. I would love to be in the All-Star Game, but I think we all know the goal is to win a World Series.”

That last sentence is exactly what you want to hear from your superstar.

The fact that he’s having a down year by his standards probably played into his decision-making as well. This has been a rough start to 2021 for Mookie on many different levels.

 I’m expecting Mookie to take his game to another level and send this team right back to the top of the West.

 

Tim Anderson

The Chicago White Sox have lived up to the offseason hype and Anderson is a major reason why.

The White Sox have continued to dominate their AL Central counterparts, despite major injuries to Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and other key players.

With the AllStar and 2019 batting champ at the top of the lineup, the White Sox have been able to maintain the 4thbest run differential in baseball, but will need even more if the want to beat powerhouses like Houston and Los Angeles.


Taijuan Walker 

Walker’s two-year, $20 million deal (with a third year teamoption for $6 million) has turned into the steal of 2021 free agency, and the Mets have every reason to believe things will continue to get better.

He came to tote serious rubber off the rip.

 

Now, two full years removed from Tommy John surgery, Walker has blossomed into an All-Star and true top of the line starter for the Mets.

Their lead in the NL East currently sits at 2.5 games, but if Walker continues to dominate hitters like he has, there will be some great baseball in Queens this fall.

 

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien is the latest athlete to take the old phrase “Bet on yourself ” and run with it.

 

 

After being denied a qualifying offer from the Oakland A’s, Semien took a one-year prove-it deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

He even switched positions after establishing himself as a Major League quality shortstop.

The results have been nothing short of spectacular, as Semien has been the best second baseman in baseball this season.

With the Blue Jays slated to head back across the border, the Jays will need Semien if they have any chance of closing the eight-game gap between themselves and the first-place Red Sox.

If not, a wildcard berth may be the best case scenario in Toronto. 

Turnt Up 10 | Top Black & Brown Bros Through First Half Of  2021 MLB Season

Turnt Up 10 | Top Black & Brown Bros Through First Half Of 2021 MLB Season

The people better recognize, these Bros have game.

They have shined as some of the brightest stars in the Majors this season and we are ready to see what they do in the grueling second half chase.

Here’s our “Turnt Up 10” consisting of the top MLBbros through the first half of the 2021 season.

 

1.Cedric Mullins


CM STORM gets the MVP belt for the Bros after his first half performance.

The 2021 starter in center field for the American League is one of three players in the Majors to lead his team in batting average, home runs and stolen bases this season.

The other two being Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr.

 


Mullins, the American League leader in hits, proved he belonged among the game’s elite when he got on base and scored a run to help the American League win the All-Star Game.

 

2. Marcus Semien

 

This season Marcus Semien has not only proven he is one of the best hitters in the game, but also that he is one of the most versatile.

 

 

Last season he played a damn good shortstop for the Oakland A’s but made the move to second when he got to the Blue Jays.

That paid off well for May’s American League Player of the Month.

Semien will be paid well when he negotiates his next contract during the offseason.

Semien was named the American League starter at second base after posting a .277 batting average with 22 home runs, 56 RBI, an .873 OPS and 10 steals.


3. Black Knights Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman


The Met’s have the fourth-lowest earned runs average in the Majors and two of the main reasons for that are their Melanated Mound Marauders (Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker). 

Stroman has always been a beast on the mound and is one of the most entertaining and agitating pitchers in baseball.

 


This year he has a 2.75 ERA and 83 strikeouts while Walker has been the best free agent acquisition.

He has the 11th lowest ERA in baseball and was selected to the National League All-Star team.

 

Taijuan Walker’s New York Mets Move Was Golden

 

4. Aaron Judge


Judge has put the city of New York on his back this season in an effort to keep them in contention.

He started his third All-Star Game this year and his 21 home runs have him just outside of the league’s Top 10.

Judge will have to do even more for the Yankees to have any legitimate chance at winning a 29th championship.

 

MLBbro All-Star 2021 Coverage | All Rise For Aaron Judge

 

5. Michael Brantley


Michael Brantley is as professional a hitter as you will see in baseball. 

 

He is second in the American League in batting average and swatted  .410 with 15 RBI and a .566 Slugging Percentage for the month of June.

He was named an All-Star but did not make the trip to Denver.

 

6. Tim Anderson

It feels good to call Tim Anderson, who is one of the faces of baseball, an All-Star.

At first, he was left off of the All-Star list, but then went crazy at the plate over his last seven games hitting .484 with 11 runs and four RBI.

Anderson currently has hits in 12 straight games.

 

MLBbro All-Star 2021 Coverage | Tim Anderson

 

7. J.P. Crawford

 

 

Last season’s American League Gold Glove shortstop made his bat come alive in 2021.  He was the biggest All-Star snub this season as he posted a first half statline including 92 hits, 31 RBI, 46 runs a .279 average and a 1.4 Defensive WAR which is the highest in all of baseball.

 

8. Mookie Betts


Despite not putting up his typical MVP type numbers, Mookie Betts was named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.

However he decided to skip the game in order to rest up for an attempt at winning back-to-back World Series.

 


Betts is fifth in the league in runs scored and has an .839 OPS.


9. Jazz Chisholm


Jazz is the first Bahamian player in the Majors and a perfect representation of black culture in baseball. 

 


The Bahamian Blur’s swag is unmatched and he is one of 
the electrifying newbies in the game with speed, power and multi-colored hair choices.

Chisholm would have easily been in Denver for the All-Star Game if not for injuries. He’s batting .257 while slugging 11 home runs and stealing 11 bags.

 

10. Giancarlo Stanton


Stanton still has one of the most powerful swings in baseball and has hit some of the hardest home runs this season.

He has 42 RBI, 15 home runs and a .270 batting average entering the second half of the season.


The Yankees other “Tower of Power”rounds out our list of the Top 10 Black and brown MLB players so far in 2021.