Greg Jones’ First MLB Hit Was A Bro Bomb For Colorado Rockies

Greg Jones’ First MLB Hit Was A Bro Bomb For Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Monday. Despite the loss, the Rockies had a player accomplish something special.

 

Greg Jones collected his first MLB hit and it just so happened to be a home run. Coming in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth, Jones launched a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence as the Colorado fans cheered on the 26-year-old.

 

 

 

“Honestly, I was just making sure I touched all the bases,” Jones said. “Definitely a whirlwind of emotions right there.”

 

“I went back and watched the video,” he said. “And from the side angle, I just saw the whole dugout as soon as I hit it just go up. Seeing the guys behind me like that was second to none.

 

Not too many players can say that their first big league hit was a home run.

Jonesing For A Hit 

Jones appeared in five games prior to Monday’s game and was still in search of that first hit. Well that is something he does not have to worry about anymore.

 

He made his MLB debut back on June 6 and hasn’t seen much action on the field, but he certainly has taken advantage of the opportunities he’s had so far.

 

“Wasn’t that great for Greg?” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We haven’t played him a lot. He’s coming off the thumb [injury] and we’re looking at some other guys.”

 

Black alluded to the fact that Jones will probably head back to the minors to get more playing time, but the fact that he got to perform on the biggest stage and hit a bomb in his fifth at-bat, speaks volumes to the potential Jones has.

 

“He’s more than likely going back to the Minors to get some regular playing time,” Black said. “There are some things to tighten up on the offensive side. We’ve got to cut the strikeout rate, put the ball in play and work around the diamond. We have him playing short and center. We might try to expand that.”

 

Greg Jones’ Path To The League

 

Jones was very sought out after his sophomore year at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2019, he hit .341 with five home runs, 36 RBI, and 42 stolen bases through 63 games.

 

He was also named the conference player of the year.

 

His performance led to a first-round selection in the 2019 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Jones made his professional debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Low-A New York-Penn League.

From 2021-204, he worked his way from High-A all the way to Triple-A. In March, he was traded to the Rockies and was optioned to the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, Albuquerque Isotopes.

 

Before being called up earlier this month, he appeared in 20 games with the Isotopes and hit .240 with two homers and four RBI.

 

Let’s hope Jones will continue to get opportunities to play on the big stage and make a name for himself with the Rockies

Taj Bradley Has Breakout Performance Of Season: He’s Back In Command After 11-K Outing

Taj Bradley Has Breakout Performance Of Season: He’s Back In Command After 11-K Outing

Taj Bradley had one of the best outings of his career in his recent start against the Chicago Cubs.

 

The 23-year-old tied a career-high in strikeouts with 11 on June 13 as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cubs 3-2.

 

Bradley went seven innings, gave up two earned runs, and walked two, securing his second victory of the season.

This was the outing that Bradley needed, and he was very pleased with his performance.

 

“That was amazing,” he said. “I felt great. I was happy (manager Kevin Cash) let me run out there for the seventh.”

 

Last season, Bradley won the first three starts of his career and was in early consideration for the American League Rookie of the Year award.

 

Taj Bradley Has Established Himself As A Legitimate Force In Tampa Bay Rays Rotation

 

After those three starts, he went on to have an up-and-down season, finishing with a 5-8 record with a 5.59 ERA.

 

This season, Bradley was sidelined at the beginning of the season due to injury, and now that he’s back healthy, he’ll look to finish the 2024 season on a strong note, and put together quality starts for his team.

 

And that start against the Cubs allowed us to see how dominant Bradley can be on the mound.

 

One pitch that Bradley relied on in that game was his splitter. That pitch kept the Cubs hitters off balance and uncomfortable at the plate.

 

Rays catcher Alex Jackson knew Bradley was dialed in from the first pitch of the game.

 

“From pitch one to when he was done, he’s out there competing and he’s giving it his all,” Jackson said. “That’s all you can ask for.”

“He was commanding it the whole night, throwing it how he wanted to and using his other pitches to set that up and established a good area and get them to swing at some things out of the zone,” he said. “The more you can get out there and you can do it, you gain experience. That’s a big thing in this game is being able to understand yourself, understand game situations and put all the practice to work.”

 

 

We have to remember that Bradley is only in his second season and he’s going to continue to grow year after year.

 

While the Rays are not at the top of the standings in their division, Bradley can show he has what it takes to be the team’s ace of the future.

 

And his teammates know how talented of a pitcher he is.

 

“I think when he’s in the zone like that, he’s got some of the best stuff in the game,” Brandon Lowe said of Bradley’s recent outing. “When he trusts himself, he can go out there and mow through lineups like that. So that was pretty cool to see from him.”

There’s no question that Bradley can surpass the amount of wins he recorded last year this season and he also could have a game where he sets a new career-high in strikeouts.

 

Bradley has a promising career ahead of him and the Tampa Rays are going to make sure to take good care of their young right-hander.

Royce Lewis Is Healthy So That Means Bro Bombs Are Being Crushed In Minnesota

Royce Lewis Is Healthy So That Means Bro Bombs Are Being Crushed In Minnesota

Minnesota Twins third baseman Royce Lewis has immediately made an impact on his team since returning from the injured list.

 

Royce Lewis Returns From Injury 

 

On June 4, the Twins activated Lewis from the 10-day injured list and he made an appearance that same day against the New York Yankees.

 

Lewis only made one plate appearance that game, but he made the most of it, launching a solo shot for his second homer of the season.

 

 

That was his first appearance since March 28. In the three-game series against the Yankees, Lewis appeared in two and homered in each.

 

During the game on June 4, Lewis honored one of his favorite players.

 

Royce Lewis Honors His Idol Derek Jeter 

 

“I knew about the respect he earned from, it seemed like, the whole league,” he said. “He was a shortstop and his parents were black and white, like mine. I felt like I was him and I wanted to be like him.”

 

 

Before his at-bat, Lewis put his right arm up towards the home plate umpire, just like Jeter used to do during his playing days.

 

What a special way to honor one of your heroes and Lewis ended up being gifted with a Jeter-model bat after the visiting clubhouse manager saw the footage of his pre-pitch salute to Jeter.

 

“He told me to take batting practice with it, but I don’t want to break it,’’ Lewis said. “I might try it with some soft-toss, but I’m going to leave it in my house and hope to get it signed.”

 

There’s no question that Lewis has been one of the hottest hitters in the Twins lineup since making his return. In seven games this season, he is hitting .333 with four home runs, six RBI, and has a .952 slugging percentage.  Twins manager Rocco Baldelli knows that Lewis is a talented hitter and can impact his lineup in a good way.

 

“It’s impressive, but nothing that would shock you at this point. He’s a very dangerous hitter,” he said. “You feel like every swing, something good could happen for your team.”

 

Minnesota will be in a tight battle throughout the remainder of the season if they want to secure the AL Central title. And if Lewis can continue to stay hot at the plate, he will certainly play a vital role in the Twins success. Last season, he appeared in 58 games and finished with a .309 average, hitting 15 home runs. He also made six appearances in the postseason and hit .227 with four homers and five RBI.

 

 

Lewis also became just the third player in MLB history to hit a home run in his first two postseason plate appearances. He does not shy away from the big stage.

 

There’s no question the Twins are glad to have Lewis back in the lineup and let’s hope our MLBbro can remain healthy throughout the season so he can continue to dominate at the plate.

Mike Cameron and Daz Cameron Meet At Home, Exchange Lineup Cards

Mike Cameron and Daz Cameron Meet At Home, Exchange Lineup Cards

Daz Cameron had a moment he will never forget before a game last week against the Seattle Mariners.

On Thursday, June 6, Cameron was informed that he would deliver the lineup card to the umpires before the game.

 

 

But little did he know, he would be greeted by a special person. When Cameron went to home plate to deliver the lineup card, he saw his father, Mike Cameron, standing on the Mariners sideline.

 

“That’s how I found out,” Daz said, after learning his father was a member of Seattle’s coaching staff. “To see him at home plate in a big league stadium, it was inspiring. It’s something that I won’t forget. It was special for me.”

 

His father played 17 seasons in the league and during that time he was named an All-Star and won three Gold Glove awards. He is currently on the Mariners staff serving in a coaching capacity.

 

 

“Nothing beats an actual regular-season big league game,” Cameron said. “To see him on the field, shake his hand and talk to him for a little bit before the game and exchange cards, that was cool to do.”

 

It’s not often you get a chance to see a father and son share a moment like that, especially on a professional level.

 

“It was a casual talk,” he said. “After we exchanged cards, we said good luck to each other. The umpires were standing around just laughing.”

 

Daz Cameron Making A Name For Himself WIth Oakland A’s

 

Cameron made his season debut with the A’s back in May and in his first big league game since 2022, he put together an impressive performance.

 

He went 2-for-5 at the plate against the Colorado Rockies with a home run and two runs scored.

 

Not bad for your first game with your new team. That’s how you say I’m here to stay and help make an impact on this team.

 

He can provide a lot of value to the team both at the plate and in the field. The 27-year-old can play any position in the outfield and can track down balls with the best of them. And at the plate he can hit for average and has some pop in his bat as well.

Cameron is no stranger to the big leagues either. From 2020 to 2022 he suited up for the Detroit Tigers appearing in over 70 games during that time.

Daz Cameron Is Back In The Big D | The Second Generation MLBbro Is Always Instant Impact

 

Before joining the A’s this season, he put up some impressive numbers in the minors. During his time with Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas Aviators, he appeared in 41 games and hit .307 with six home runs and 27 RBI.

 

Like his father, Cameron is a competitor and will do whatever it takes to get on that field.

 

 

In nine games with Oakland this season, he’s hitting .214 with a home run and four RBI. Cameron will look to find his identity on an A’s team who has struggled over the last few seasons.

 

No matter what team he’s on, Cameron is going to make the most of his opportunities and work hard to become an everyday player on the team.

What Does The Giant Card Honoring Jackie Robinson Unveiled In New York City Have To Do With Rickwood Field?

What Does The Giant Card Honoring Jackie Robinson Unveiled In New York City Have To Do With Rickwood Field?

A special baseball card of one of our MLBbro greats was unveiled in New York City on Saturday. Jackie Robinson can be seen on a large baseball card in the heart of the Big Apple.

 

Rickwood Set Of Baseball Cards: Negro League Greats 

 

FOX Sports and Fanatics Collectibles/Topps came together to create a Rickwood Field set of cards of Negro League greats.

 

“The greats of the Negro Leagues are larger-than-life figures in American history and the history of the great game of baseball and it is only fitting to have a larger-than-life unveiling at the Negro League Baseball Museum,” President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Bob Kendrick said in a statement back in May.

 

“We would like to thank our friends at FOX Sports, Fanatics Collectibles, and Major League Baseball for keeping the spirit of black baseball alive.”

 

These will be featured in a tour of six cities and the cards are 24 feet by 16 feet and weigh 8,000 pounds. The MLB at Rickwood Field Game is a little under two weeks away and this is a special and creative way to honor those Negro Leagues stars.

 

MLB Celebrates Announcement Of First MLB Game At Negro League Park | The Bros Came Out To Rickwood Field

 

Former MLB Player Micah Johnson Designed Cards

 

Former major league player Micah Johnson was the one who designed the cards. The tour will continue through multiple cities, eventually making its way to Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama for the game on June 20, where the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will match up against each other.