When MLBbro.com acquired the mission statement to cover and spotlight Black and brown baseball players from the past to present to the future, it was a huge undertaking, but a very necessary one. While doing that, the company has grown in reputation and contributions over the last three seasons, particularly after the pandemic.
MLB Still Struggling With African-American Representation
What’s even more impressive about MLBbro.com’s accomplishments and dedication is the small number of Black and brown players represented in the league and seemingly shrinking month to month. It’s challenging to keep track of the elevator between the minors and majors that many of them are constantly on. Certain teams don’t have any Black players, so covering them is also challenging and sad and angering at the same time.
According to MLBbro.com columnist, David Grubb in his weekly “Diamond Cuts” column, at the start of the 2022 season, MLBbros made up only 7.2 percent of the players on rosters on Opening day. This season, that percentage dropped a full percentage point to 6.2 percent.
With injuries to superstars, DFAs (“Designated for assignment” or released) and lack of representation in the All-Star Game, sometimes the mission of highlighting these sensational feats by Black ballplayers is difficult to do.
HOWEVER, when you have two dominant ballers like Judge and Mookie, there’s always something to discuss.
Who’s Hotter? Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees?
Arguably the top two MLBbros in the game, Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge have been tearing up their opponents as of late. Whether it be four home runs in less than 24 hours (Judge) or getting a career high five hits in one game (Betts), it has been a run that has the staff of MLBbro.com wondering who is hotter right now.
Look to the fearless leader of the MLBbro movement, Rob Parker to foreshadow a possible debate going into the final month of the MLB season. Despite Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Matt Olsen being the front runners for NL MVP, the MLBbro.com founder thinks the MVP is Betts, due to the defensive versatility that he brings to the red-hot Dodgers.
It seems that Betts should get the same recognition that the media gives to Shohei Ohtani for being able to pitch at a high level while leading all of baseball in home runs. Mookie has put in work in multiple positions all over the diamond including the outfield, shortstop and second base. Not only that, but he has also done a credible job at each position.
Despite his defensive prowess, t’s the offensive side of the ball that puts this MLBbro square in the middle of the MVP conversation. Overall, as of this writing, Mookie has a hitting slash of .310/.405/.605 with 34 homers, 89 RBI with 105 runs scored. He tops the majors with a 7.0 fWAR and is near the top with a rWAR of 6.9.
But the fact that Betts has turned himself into an amazing slugger at his size is the next level of his growth. Something that was a topic of conversation on MLB Network.
Mookie Betts is just one HR short of tying his career-high!
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 22, 2023
Betts is hitting over .440 going into this weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. Hopefully this series will be a continuation of the dominant performances as of late. He hit two homers on LeBron James bobblehead night and followed that up with his first career five-hit performance.
Bottom line, this MLBbro.com tweet says it all…
The Incredible Mr Mookie Betts keeps pounding as the season steadily moves towards October baseball for the LA Dodgers.
After going 5-for-5 in a game that started on Wednesday and ended on Thursday, the MLBbro is batting .567 during his current 11-game hit streak and has hit… pic.twitter.com/tOTV1rm5dk
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 24, 2023
Now it is very hard to compare Aaron Judge’s exploits as of late to Mookie Betts’.
The Dodgers are passing the time mowing down opponents before the playoffs while the Yankees were mired in a nine-game losing streak. Why is Judge still considered the top MLBbro?
No help as Gary Sheffield Jr. discusses right here…
Even With A Bum Toe, MLBbro Aaron Judge Is The Show, But He Can't Win Without Any Help
Gary Sheffield Jr. explains why someone in Yankees organization needs to call 911 pic.twitter.com/jyaTvWzjXp
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) August 21, 2023
While the Yankees do need to call 911 like Wyclef, MLBbro.com did have two individuals that could help the Yanks get back on track. But for now, Judge will have to carry the show as he set a career-high with three Bro Bombs against the Washington Nationals. Then the man dusted off another homer for his fourth in FIVE AT BATS in a 24-hour period!
Aaron Judge AGAIN 💣 @BRWalkoff
That's his 4th HR in his last 5 at-bats 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 24, 2023
Even though this is considered a sample size season due to his toe injury, his stats, comparable to other MLB players almost doesn’t make sense!
- Judge’s HR rate this year at 9.1 AB/HR is better than last year at 9.2! Remember the man broke the American League home run record last year!
- Despite missing 54 games up to this point of the season, Judge still leads the Yankees in homers (28) and RBI (55). (Gary Sheffield Jr.’s video makes even more sense now right?)
- There are 148 players in the American League who have played more games than Aaron Judge’s 73. The number of players with more than Judge’s 28?…Four.
Baseball is still a business, and the Yankees still have to fill seats in what has turned into a disastrous season. It would be easy for this MLBbro MVP to shut it down and have surgery on his toe. He hasn’t done that. He has earned every penny of his new contract and might need a raise.
All of this while climbing the ladder in the Yankees record books.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 24, 2023
Who’s the hottest MLBbro right now? That question is left to the MLBbro fans, but both Mookie and Judge have a case.