Baseball is finally back, ladies and gentlemen! The Detroit Tigers want to heat things up in the Motor City.
Akil Baddoo, who took Detroit – and the league – by storm last year is going to play a big role. Baddoo made an immediate impact in Detroit and the city embraced him with open arms. He finished the 2021 season hitting .259 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 18 stolen bases. The Detroit Tigers-Detroit Sports Media Association named him the 2021 Rookie of the Year.
There’s a reason he’s nicknamed Akil ‘The Thrill’ Baddoo AKA “the Real Deal” Baddoo. With a nickname like that, you have to live up to it. Baddoo does just that. Going into his second season, Baddoo will look to continue to add that spark at the plate and in the field, like he did his rookie season. And he will show that his rookie season was no fluke. Now that he has a year under his belt, experience will help him out a lot in his sophomore season.
Expect to see more of these captivating, crowd-motivating plays from the most polarizing player to come ball in the D since Miguel Cabrera.
One day @AkilBaddoo will make it to second base with his helmet on.
Today is not that day. pic.twitter.com/MTzVYKEcQO
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 4, 2021
If you want to see someone play the game with passion and leave it all on the field, Baddoo is a prime example. He’s the type of player that will get you out of your seat and put you in a state of excitement. Whether he’s at the plate, running the base paths, or patrolling the outfield – you will get your money’s worth watching this brother play. Baddoo put up impressive spring training numbers, hitting .265 with four home runs through 12 games in Lakeland. He’s giving off strong sophomore sensation vibes.
Baddoo came into the league as a rookie with a lot of confidence. He knew he belonged in the majors.
He brought a lot of swag to the Tigers – something the team was lacking for a few years – but desperately needed. In his MLB debut, he hit a home run in his first at-bat. Not too many people do that. Our MLBbro became the ninth player in Tigers franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, and the second to do so on the first pitch. And check this out – in the next game, he hits his first career grand slam.
Akil Baddoo hit the ground running with two homers in his first two career starts, including a grand slam on Monday. The unknown prospect has become an overnight sensation for the Detroit Tigers. @carrpediem21 is in the Three Spot today with A Bro You Need To Know. pic.twitter.com/wvxYGkLltT
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 6, 2021
Going into the 2021 season, Baddoo was a player many people weren’t familiar with. By the end, he was the talk of the league. Now, Baddoo is on many people’s radar this season and they will see if he can continue to have success on the field.
One thing is for certain. Baddoo is ready to pick up where he left off and he will emerge as a leader for the Tigers. This is going to be another exciting season for our MLBbro in Motown, and trust me – you don’t want to miss out watching this electric brother play. The Tigers will open the 2022 season against their division rival, the Chicago White Sox, who feature the only All-Black middle infield in the majors with Tim Anderson and Josh Harrison.