Cedric Mullins’ Stolen Base Crown Will Probably Have To Wait Until Next Season | He Stopped Running For Some Reason

Cedric Mullins’ Stolen Base Crown Will Probably Have To Wait Until Next Season | He Stopped Running For Some Reason

Even if they don’t make the playoffs this year, Baltimore’s future is in very good hands.

The Orioles have put up a 78-71 record this season, already miles better than their abysmal 52-110 record from a season ago. That earned them the first overall pick of this year’s draft, which ended up being Jackson Holliday. Much of the team’s bright future and newfound success can be attributed to their captain of the outfield, Cedric Mullins. So far this season, he has batted .262, with 14 home runs and 55 RBI. He currently has a .323 on-base percentage, and a .403 slugging percentage.

 

 

He also has 31 stolen bases on the season, tied with fellow teammate Jorge Mateo, and only one behind the current AL leader Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays. He is five behind the MLB leader Jon Berti of the Miami Marlins.

Mullins has a very good chance of being this year’s AL stolen base champion for the first time in his career, but he needs to pick up the pace, and fast. It’s very possible that he can do it, but time is running out with less than 15 games remaining in the regular season. 

Over the past seven games, he has not recorded a stolen base, and has only had two over the previous 15 games. There are 13 games left in the Orioles season, so when he gets on base, he very much needs to capitalize on those last few opportunities.

Being at the top of the leaderboards in stolen bases is not something that’s new to Mullins, as he was tied for fourth in the MLB last season with 30 stolen bags, which, along with his 30 home runs, helped him earn a spot into the elite 30-30 club. As of right now, it looks like Mullins will still be the newest member of that club at the conclusion of this season.

 

 

As the leadoff hitter, it is essential to be quick along the bases to make your teammates’ jobs easier at the plate. That’s exactly what Mullins has done for his ball club. He has been able to put himself into better scoring positions and put the trust in his young and talented teammates to bring him home. That trust has paid off as he leads the organization this season with 82 runs scored.

The Os are currently four games back of the last wild card spot, and with only 13 games to go, it will be a ginormous mountain to climb. If there’s any chance for them to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, it will all start with their MLBbro “CM Storm” Mullins to get on and steal as many bases as possible to put his team in an easier position to score and to win.

Did MLB Finally Find The Next Ken Griffey Jr. In Atlanta Braves MLBbro Michael Harris II?

Did MLB Finally Find The Next Ken Griffey Jr. In Atlanta Braves MLBbro Michael Harris II?

LOS ANGELES – Michael Harris II looks like he will be one special talent.

He was drafted in the third round by the Braves in the 2019 draft, and spent three years in their farm system. He was tearing it up in the beginning of this year’s AA minor league season with the Mississippi Braves, posting a .305/.372/.506 statline, earning him an instant promotion to the majors on May 28th.

So far, his time in Atlanta has been successful, with a .310 batting average, with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, 16 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .350, and a slugging percentage of .551. 

 

While his offense has been off the charts, the main reason Atlanta brought him up so soon is because of how stellar he is with the glove in the outfield. He is a human highlight reel.

The sensational catches, the incredible arm, and the electric speed that he has to cover so much ground makes him the scarce five-tool player.

On an already stacked lineup with players like Ronald Acuña, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Matt Olson, etc., it would have been easy for him to just take a backseat within the star studded clubhouse, but Harris has other ideas. He has made himself a league-wide name, getting recognition of his terrific play since day one.

So far, he has the best odds to win NL Rookie of the Year, with his fellow teammate Spencer Strider not too far behind. Either way, it is a lock that the award is returning to Atlanta.

Besides all the on-field tools that he brings, Harris has an electric swag to his game that makes him all that much better. He has such a smooth swing, and carries himself with such a cool swagger when he does simple things like running the bases, or the big, flashy chain he wears with his uniform. He just has that “it” factor. All that will remind you of one Hall of Famer in particular: Ken Griffey Jr.

The Braves see the special player that Harris is, as they locked him down to a long term extension less than three months after his debut. He agreed to an 8-year, $72 million contract on August 17th. They were already the defending champs, and now they get to keep another stud for a long time. The rich keep getting richer.

 

 

The Braves’ stellar young core that will keep them playing in October for years to come. They have done an incredible job of not just drafting and developing talent, but also locking that young talent down for several years to keep the core together. 

With less than 20 games to go in the regular season, the Braves will be dancing this October, as they will be one of the favorites. They have the chance to be the first team in over 20 years to repeat as champions, with the 1999-2000 Yankees being the last team to do so. If they do end up achieving that milestone, expect Harris to be a key reason for any success they have this postseason, and for the next several years.

Lewis Brinson Has A Giant Opportunity To Show That He Can Stick In The Major Leagues

Lewis Brinson Has A Giant Opportunity To Show That He Can Stick In The Major Leagues

LOS ANGELES – Lewis Brinson is getting one giant chance.

On September 1st, Brinson was traded from the Houston Astros to the San Francisco Giants. He had spent the entire 2022 season up to that point in Houston’s minor league system, but ever since the trade, he has been up in the majors.

So far in seven games played for the orange and black (as of Friday afternoon) he is hitting .263, with three home runs and four RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .263 and a slugging percentage of .789.

 

 

Before being a journeyman in the MLB, Brinson was one of baseball’s most exciting young prospects. Scouts were mesmerized by his raw power, his speed, and his strong throwing arm. He ended up being selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft and was traded to the Brewers in 2016 as a part of a package deal for the former All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

On June 10th, 2017, Brinson would make his MLB debut with the Brewers. He ended up playing 21 games for them, and he was nothing short of atrocious. He batted .106, only had two home runs, three RBI, an on-base percentage of .236 and a slugging percentage of .277. He ended up getting sent back down, and was absolutely sensational, posting a .331/.400/.562 statline for the entire season.

Brinson got traded the following offseason to the Miami Marlins in a package deal for Christian Yelich. After his terrific 2017 minor league season, he would make the Marlins 2018 Opening Day roster. Derek Jeter was Marlins CEO at the time, and he was very high on Brinson.

 

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He would play in 109 games for the team that season, and once again was a major letdown, as he only batted .199, with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. In his four seasons in south beach, he could not crack a batting average above .226, leading the team to designate Brinson for assignment after the 2021 season. Eventually Jeter was gone due to a difference in philosophy and Brinson was as well.

This season, when Brinson showed flashes of his amazing potential during a stint in Houston’s farm system, as he ended his tenure there with a .299/.356/.574 slashline, strong enough for the Giants to pull the trigger and acquire him for the home stretch of the season.

Brinson is now 28 years old and with his fifth major league organization. He is not that young player that you could understand struggling in the big leagues, he is now in the beginning of his prime.

 

 

If he does not show that he has finally gotten rid of his hitting woes in San Francisco for these last 20+ games, then there’s going to be a huge consensus that this guy may not be able to hang in the majors, even as a journeyman.

George Springer Was Brought To Toronto For Moments Just Like This | Time To Make The Playoffs

George Springer Was Brought To Toronto For Moments Just Like This | Time To Make The Playoffs

George Springer is a huge game changer on and off the field.

At this point in the season, the 2022 All-Star is batting .266, with 19 home runs, and 57 RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .343 and a slugging percentage of .471.

The 32-year-old is in his second season with the team north of the border. He signed a six-year, $150 million contract with them back in January of 2021. The signing was essentially a perfect match for both sides. Springer, a former World Series MVP was in the peak of his prime, looking to get paid while still being on a playoff contender.  He also wanted to separate himself from the stench of the Astros cheating scandal. The Blue Jays, having a young, exciting team, needed a good veteran with playoff experience to help guide this team to the promised land.

 

 

Last year was a lost cause since he was out for a majority of the season with various injuries, only playing 78 games. The Blue Jays ended up falling just short of the playoffs by one game. He has so far played 103 games, earned himself an All-Star bid, and has been doing his job making sensational plays in the outfield, and has been strong as the team’s leadoff man in the lineup, as the team’s playoff hopes are alive and well.

They ended up making a change in leadership back in July, as the team fired their manager Charlie Montoyo and made John Schneider the interim manager. When a change in power happens in the middle of the season, that normally means a team is packing it in and calling the season a lost cause. But this team is still very much in the mix, and as one of the leaders, Springer is a huge reason why this team has not completely fallen off the rails.

“Way Better. On paper, it speaks for itself. His presence and his energy, then obviously his ability, he’s up at the top of the order and it makes a big difference,” said Schneider when asked about Springer’s presence in the lineup and clubhouse, and how much of a difference maker he is. “I’m looking forward to him being able to contribute off the bat. We’re not asking him to be a world beater, but just be himself.”

Many people may see Springer as an elite leadoff man, but it’s important to understand that his leadership is what makes him a huge asset. For instance, when there were no drinks in the dugout during a batting practice back in late March, Springer decided to run to the clubhouse and get drinks for him and his teammates. It’s a small gesture, but just the fact that he’s always trying to help his teammates, from getting on base, to just getting them a drink, just shows how priceless he is.

This team is already filled with talent from top to bottom, from Vlad Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Bo Bichette, etc. This team needed a leader that can help guide these young players, and even though he’s just being himself, Springer is that missing piece to the puzzle.

With about a month left to the season, the Blue Jays currently sit in the final Wild Card slot, with their division rivals in the Orioles only a game and a half behind, breathing down their necks. The Blue Jays entered this season as one of the favorites to win it all, so their 70-59 record is somewhat underwhelming, but they are in the toughest division in baseball. Springer is already doing his part, so it’s time for the team to really put it in high gear and show the rest of the league why they were labeled as World Series contenders in the first place.

Yankees Ink Special Edition Apparel Deal with Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club

Yankees Ink Special Edition Apparel Deal with Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club

The last month has been pretty rough for the New York Yankees, but now there is a bright spot with them, this time off the field.

 

On Monday, the Yankees announced that they partnered with the company “Billionaire Boys Club” for a special edition apparel line that would be available worldwide. BBC is a clothing brand that was founded by Nigo, a Japanese fashion designer, as well as music icon Pharrell Williams, who threw out the first pitch at Monday Night’s Subway Series game against the Mets.

 

For a sport known to always stay on course, this move was certainly out of left field. Fashion is known to take risks and be different, while baseball is known to follow unwritten rules, stay calm and respectful, and to stay in line. Well, with MLB’s new motto of “let the kids play,” the bronx bombers did that exactly, by mixing the traditional with the untraditional.

 

This was an absolute brilliant move by the Yanks. For starters, they have the most recognizable and most popular logo in all of sports worldwide, and now they put their logo on articles of clothing that are more appealing to people more into fashion.

 

The sales from this line have been doing well, too. In only five days, already 75% of the collection has sold out, showing that lots of people across the globe want to wear the Yankees emblem in their style.

 

Plus, although the Yankees do not need any help financially, this just helps the rich get richer. As the MLB is the only league of the big four sports to not have a salary cap, it means that teams can spend as much as they want, meaning teams with money, like them and the Dodgers, are always getting top free agents.

 

It doesn’t hurt that you are in one of, if not the most, famous cities in the world, with almost every player willing to come play for such a historic and blue blood club. Knowing that the average non-fan loves their brand, by making this collection, it’ll just make the offseason so much easier.

 

While the new apparel line is fun and all, this will not save them from their woes, as they are currently 8-14 in the month of August. They have built a good lead in their division, but as they have been losing, the Tampa Bay Rays have been winning, going 11-2 in their last 13 games, and have slowly but surely been closing the gap.

 

The Yankees will probably make the playoffs, whether that is through their division or the wild card. The Yankees did get Giancarlo Stanton back last Thursday, and Aaron Judge is still having an MVP-like year. While they are on a skid, they can easily turn it around.

 

This team has standards. Making the playoffs is not good enough, it is championship or bust. If they do not win this year, you can guarantee that they will use whatever profit they make from this collab this offseason to either help secure Aaron Judge, get a top free agent, or, since it’s the Yankees, can possibly do both.