The 2022 All-Star Game is less than a month away and the stars will be in attendance at Dodgers Stadium on July 19th. We will get to see the best of the best showcase their skills and there’s a chance we see multiple MLBbros participate in the game.
Voting for the American and National League teams started this month and on Tuesday, the league revealed its Phase one first standings for the All-Star ballots.
The American League could see up to four MLBbros play the outfield position.
According to mlb.com, Aaron Judge had the most votes of any player in the AL with 1,512,368. George Springer was third in the standings with 622,063, Giancarlo Stanton was fourth with 504,537, and Byron Buxton was sixth with 403,050.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if all of these brothers made the All-Star team. They have each made a name for themselves over the years and have become top players at their positions. The only player in the elite group to not make an All-Star squad is the oft-injured Buxton, but that could change this season.
Here is a breakdown of how each player has done so far this season:
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Judge has had a remarkable season and has been a major reason why the Yankees have had so much success this season. After turning down a healthy contract offer in the offseason, the 30-year-old has taken the league by storm and is on pace to put up some historic numbers this year. Through 67 games, he’s leading the league in home runs with 27.
This brother has been a beast at the plate, and he’s provided a spark at the top of the Yankees lineup all season and he’ll continue to do so throughout the remainder of the year. He’s hitting .302 with 52 RBI and 57 runs scored — as you can see the numbers are impressive.
George Springer (Toronto Blue Jays)
The three-time All-Star is in his second season with the Blue Jays and he’s immediately become one of the team’s best players.
Springer knows a thing or two about winning at the highest level, doing so in 2017 when he was a part of a Houston Astros team that won the World Series. Now he is trying to help the Blue Jays get to a World Series. Springer is second on the team with 13 home runs and he’s third in RBI with 34.
This brother is the prototype leadoff hitter who has 50 career leadoff homers. Springer impacts the game at the plate and in the field and he’s done just that so far this season.
Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)
Just like his teammate, Aaron Judge, Stanton has played a big role so far for the Yankees. Stanton has had some clutch moments this season and has put his team in positions to win ball games. This is one brother who can rake, and when he makes contact at the plate, the ball jumps off his bat.
He’s hitting .245 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI through 56 games. The Yankees have one of the most explosive lineups in all of baseball with Stanton and Judge leading the way.
Byron Buxton (Minnesota Twins)
It has not been an ideal season for Buxton as he’s dealt with injuries, but the fact that he’s in the top 10 of the standings in this first wave of voting says a lot about him and how he’s played this year.
It still seems as though the Gold Glove winner is still not at 100 percent. But he’s still been playing at a high level. This month he had a four-game hitting streak and during that hitting streak he homered in three straight games.
Buxton can hit for average and for power and he’s certainly displayed that this season. And we all know what he can do in the field as well. It would be great to see these brothers play in the All-Star Game and show everyone why they are the best of the best.
While NBA superstar Klay Thompson celebrated his fourth championship after two years of rehabbing career-threatening injuries, his MLBbro (literally) is also in the midst of a comeback story worth noting.
Trayce Thompson is reunited with the LA Dodgers. On Monday the Dodgers acquired Thompson from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. The 31-year-old spent time playing for the Tigers Triple-A affiliate, Toledo Mud Hens, before being traded and hit .299 with eight home runs and 19 RBI.
Thompson last played with the Dodgers in 2017 and with Mookie Betts out, Thompson will have the opportunity to make an impact while the Dodgers star is on the injured list.
During the 2016 season, he made his debut with the Dodgers and appeared in 80 games hitting .225 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI. This opportunity will be important for Thompson as he attempts to prove his value and showcase his abilities while he’s filling in for Betts. The fact that he is over 30 is also a sign that his career clock is ticking, so time is of the essence. The past few seasons have been a rollercoaster ride for Tracye and this opportunity could not have come at a better time.
Trayce, the brother of four-time NBA champion Klay Thompson, spent a brief period with the San Diego Padres this season, only appearing in six games and recording one hit in 14 at-bats. Now, he’s in a loaded Dodgers lineup where all he has to do is pick his spots and play his game.
He’s also drawn a lot of inspiration from his resilient brother Klay throughout the years and talked about what that was like in an article from masslive.com.
“He (Klay) hurt his Achilles when I was home, so I got to spend quite a bit of time with him,” Trayce said. “It was tough because he truly just loves basketball. He’s done a lot for himself in his career. There’s a lot he would give just to play basketball and so to see that be taken away from him for a couple years, it was pretty tough for everybody, but we’re just happy he’s healthy.”
“I similarly went on kind of a went out of the picture in my career, but obviously it wasn’t for injury,” he said. “But if there’s anybody to draw inspiration from to keep moving, it’s him. I’m just similar to him. The only thing I’ve loved, my one true love in this life is baseball. I’ve got a job now and I was in the big leagues for a little bit this year and I know I still have a lot left to offer, so I’m just trying to make the most of each day.”
From 2015 to 2018, Trayce had the opportunity to play in the majors for multiple teams, a dream come true. But after the 2018 season, he did not appear in the majors for two years and the grueling, unpredictable and unattractive minor league grind can take a toll on a player, especially after they already got to taste years of MLB action.
Now he’s back playing at the highest level and what’s even better is that he’s a part of a team that is one of the best in the league despite not having Betts. The Dodgers want Betts back and healthy for what will be an eventual playoff run, so Thompson will get his chance to shine and impact the Dodgers by helping to put the team in position to win games.
No pressure. Just a heck of an opportunity and brother Klay has already provided the inspiration to make this comeback Trayce’s best one yet.
The New York Yankees have been one of the top teams in the league throughout the season. This team has a lot of talent. There’s no question they can play well into October when it’s all said and done. Several of our MLBbros are on this talented team and have contributed in numerous ways this season.
We all know how much Aaron Judge has stepped up this year and has shown why he’s one of the best home run hitters in the game.
Another player who has played well for the Yankees is Giancarlo Stanton. You can’t forget about this brother. Especially with how hard the ball jumps off his bat. On June 11th, he registered the hardest-hit ball of the season, when he launched a home run against the Chicago Cubs.
It registered at 119.8 MPH, according to Statcast.
“We all just kind of look at each other, he gets back and I’m like, ‘You’re weird,’ ” manager Aaron Boone said, in an article from the New York Post. “Unicorn. He’s weird.”
“It’s quite a sight,” Judge said. “You try to soak it all in, in the moment, because when he hits one like that, you don’t see that every day.”
Stanton had the hardest hit-ball in the last two seasons. He registered a 120.3 MPH single last season.
“I caught how hard it was, but it’s still only worth one and just helped us add to the win,” Stanton said after the game against the Cubs. “I don’t always know what it feels like, to be honest. … It’s a cool little euphoric feeling.”
It’s evident that everyone across the league knows how much power Stanton possesses in that bat. When he barrels something out, you better watch out.
Judge has been the face of the Yankees this season, but Stanton has answered the call multiple times this year.
And Stanton will be an important piece on this team, who is trying to win its first World Series title since 2009. Stanton has had a productive year so far. Through 50 games he’s hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI. He’s third on the team in all three offensive categories.
If the Yankees want to make a deep postseason run, Stanton will have to come through in clutch situations.
Last season, he only appeared in one postseason game, but he made the most of it going 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI against the Boston Red Sox.
In 2020, he hit .308 with six home runs and 13 RBI through seven postseason games. So he’s been productive during his time in the postseason, but this year could be the Yankees best shot.
If Stanton can remain healthy throughout the season, especially going into September, the Yankees will have a really good shot to bring that title back to the Bronx.
He’s back! That’s right, it’s starting to look like our MLBbro Byron Buxton has returned to his dynamic form at the plate. This past week and a half, he’s put up some impressive numbers. From June 2 to June 13, he hit .351 with seven home runs and 11 RBI.
Last week he had a three-game stretch where he homered in each game. This brother wants all the smoke and he’s making it known.
His recent performances earned him American League Player of the Week honors. This was his second Player of the Week honor of his career. On Monday, the Twins began their series against the Seattle Mariners and Buxton came through and contributed to the 3-2 victory.
He went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, his 18th home run of the season.
Buxton was excited to get that win on the road in the series opener.
“Taking that excitement out of the crowd right away, for us, that’s when we know things are starting to click and things are going good,” Buxton said in an article from mlb.com. “For us, that’s kind of like our motivation.”
This brother has got off to a hot start this month and this is the player we have been waiting to see all season. This was a significant turnaround for Buxton, because May was not a good month for him offensively.
He hit .169 in 89 at-bats and struck out 24 times. It’s like a flip switched in his head and he was ready to show everyone why he’s one of the best in the game.
“I’m just trying to go up there and hit line drives through the ball — through it, not over,” Buxton told the StarTribune. “Just stick with that kind of mentality. They just keep carrying a little bit farther.”
The 28-year-old is getting hot at the right time, not to mention his team is sitting at the top of the AL Central. Over the years, he’s developed into a high-level player who can impact the game on the field and at the plate.
He’s going to play a significant role for the Twins as the season progresses. And if he can remain consistent at the plate, not only will he see success in his numbers, but the Twins could end up being a team opponents don’t want to see come playoff time.
Minnesota definitely has the talent to make a run towards the end of the season, and having a leader like Buxton on the team certainly helps.
The big question is will the Twins continue to sit Buxton like they’ve been doing in recent games. Because the way he’s performing now, you have to keep him in the lineup. It’s going to be an exciting finish to the season and you’ll want to keep an eye out on how Minnesota finishes and how Buxton’s performance will impact the team.
It’s been a disappointing year for the Oakland Athletics. With one of the worst records in all of baseball, there seems to be no excitement in Oakland. But while the A’s have struggled throughout the season, Tony Kemp has been one of the most consistent players on the team.
On Sunday, the A’s snapped a 10-game losing streak, defeating the Cleveland Guardians 10-5. Kemp played a significant role in the win as he went 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.
This could be the turnaround the A’s need and Kemp can certainly play a big role as the team looks to turn things around. Kemp got off to a solid start to begin the season and cooled off a little bit at the beginning of May, but then picked things back up.
Through 56 games, Kemp is second on the team in batting average hitting .234. That says a lot right there about the team’s struggles on offense, but Kemp is doing everything he can to provide a spark in the A’s lineup.
Our MLBbro has recorded a hit in five of his last seven games, definitely a good sign for the A’s.
Kemp has already proven he’s a leader on the field and in the dugout, something he’s done throughout his career. The 30-year-old has had success in this league, winning a World Series with the Houston Astros in 2017.
Even though he did not play during the Astros World Series run, he was still a part of the team and got to experience that championship atmosphere.
Winning is contagious and when you experience it at the highest level, that’s a feeling you won’t forget. And for Kemp, he brought that winning mentality over to the A’s when he joined the team in 2020.
There’s no question he’s been one of the top players on this team and he has continued to show why he should be an everyday player.
He had one of the best seasons of his career in 2021. Kemp had career-highs in batting average (.279), slugging percentage (.418), hits (92), and RBI (37).
That season really set Kemp up for a future with the A’s. He signed a one-year contract with the team for the 2022 season and if he can continue to be consistent, the A’s will have to consider keeping him around.
This is a player you want on your team because he can be effective at the plate and on the field. His versatility allows him to play anywhere on the field and he has a high baseball IQ.
Our MLBbro can go on to have a long and productive career and right now he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
As the season progresses, look for Kemp to continue to provide that consistency in the A’s lineup. This brother is a competitor and always gives full effort out there on that field.