LaMonte Wade Jr. is in his third MLB season and his first with the San Francisco Giants.
Let’s just say that Wade Jr. is making a great impression in his first season with his new team. Our MLBbro has been swinging a good stick lately and has given the staff multiple reasons to keep him in the lineup.
In his recent game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 0-for-4 at the plate. But that was before he had a two-game hitting streak in the series.
During those two games, he went 4-for-9 with two runs scored. Wade Jr. has looked a lot more comfortable at the plate throughout the season.
In his last seven games, he’s batting .259 with seven hits, one home run, and five RBI. His batting average is now up to .265 on the season.
The talented outfielder has been spending valuable time with hitting coaches Donnie Ecker and Justin Viele. Wade Jr. has put in the work with them since spring training and it’s starting to pay off.
“I feel like starting in Spring Training with Eck and JV, we’ve been working on getting the ball more out in front and not letting the ball travel too deep on you,” Wade told mlb.com. “I feel like I’ve still got a little ways to go to try to be more consistent with it, but I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Unexpected contributions like Wade Jr.’s are why the Giants are 1.5 games up on the COVID World Champion Dodgers and a solid 5 games ahead of everybody’s popular World Series pick, San Diego Padres.
The 27-year-old can be used in multiple positions in the batting lineup. He’s an impactful leadoff hitter that can also spark the bottom of the lineup.
Wherever he’s at in the lineup he’ll make an impact.
Giants’ manager Gabe Kapler has been pleased with Wade Jr.’s performance recently.
“LaMonte continues to have high-quality at-bats and go after pitches that he can drive, so he’s especially aggressive on those,” Kapler said. “He’s also working deep counts and drawing walks along the way, which is kind of why we feel so comfortable with him in the leadoff spot.”
Wade Jr. has also been a force in the field as well. That’s another reason he’s been in the lineup more consistently.
“I feel like it definitely helps you get in a rhythm anytime you’re out there on a consistent basis and you can get in a groove,” Wade said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to contribute. It’s a tough game, but anytime you can contribute and help the team win, it always makes you feel good and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.”
Our brother has been putting in the work since the start of the season and he’s making a name himself.
People are starting to find out what Wade Jr. is all about and so far he is not disappointing. He will play a significant role for the Giants throughout the season and he might have found himself a new home for the next few seasons.
The 91st Midsummer Classic is less than a month away, and many of this season’s top-performing MLBbros are raking in the fan votes.
Ballots for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game opened on June 3, allowing fans to vote their favorite players into starting positions for the American League and National League rosters. The remaining roster spots are chosen by players and the Commissioner’s Office.
Phase one of voting closes Thursday, June 24, when the top vote-getters in each league (top nine outfielders, top three in all other positions) advance to the second and final voting phase which lasts from Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1.
The game will be held Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado after being moved out of Atlanta, Georgia due to a recently passed law that could restrict voting access for people of color.
Here are the MLBbros currently with the most fan votes (As of June 16, 2021):
1.Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays: 561,326 votes
The stud second baseman looks to earn his first all-star nod in his first season with the Blue Jays. Through 65 games played in 2021, Semien is slashing .290/.358/.519 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 37 RBI, and nine steals. He leads all AL second basemen in all-star votes, With his 561,326 votes comprising 34% of total votes at the position.
2. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 538,448 votes
One of three MLBbros in the top nine vote-getters among AL outfielders, Judge is having a phenomenal bounce-back year after spending most of the 2020 season on the injured list. Through 62 games, he has compiled a slash line of .283/.381/.520 with 15 home runs, 36 runs, and 35 RBI. He is the second leading vote-getter at his position, with his 538,448 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL outfielders.
3. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: 400,202 votes
Widely considered to be one of the best players in all of baseball, Betts continues his dominance in 2021 after helping the Dodgers win the World Series and finishing second in NL MVP voting in 2020. The star outfielder is currently slashing .258/.371/.462 with eight home runs, 40 runs, 25 RBI, and six steals through 57 games. He is the fourth leading vote-getter among NL outfielders, with his 400,202 votes comprising 8% of the total vote at the position.
4. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins: 383,178 votes
Despite working through a hip injury that has sidelined Buxton for over a month, the Twins’ star outfielder is still getting the respect he deserves from fans after putting up MVP-caliber numbers to begin the season. In 24 games played, Buxton is slashing .370/.408/.772 with nine home runs, 19 runs, 17 RBI, and five steals. He currently sits at third among all AL outfielders in all-star votes with 383,178, making up 8% of all votes at the position.
5. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox: 177,320 votes
The star shortstop has been incredible all year as he looks to earn his first all-star nod. Through 53 games, Anderson has compiled a slash line of .311/.350/.443 with six home runs, 39 runs, 25 RBI, and 13 steals. He is the third leading vote-getter at his position, with his 177,320 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL shortstops.
6. Michael Brantley, Houston Astros: 166,298 votes
The 13-year vet just seems to get better with age. After missing the all-star game in his first five seasons in the majors, he’s appeared in every all-star game played since 2017 and plans to return this season. Through 47 games, he is slashing .340/.383/.497 with three home runs, 30 runs, and 21 RBI. He sits at ninth in votes among all AL outfielders with 166,298, comprising 3% of the total vote al the position.
Negro League Baseball records have been added to the Baseball-Reference website, meaning players such as Josh Gibson can take his statistical place amongst his white legendary counterparts.
In a major boost to the legacy of Negro League Baseball, records of several leagues have been officially added to the history of the game’s statistics, vindicating the credibility of many great players who were denied the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues against white legends of the game.
According to the BaseballReference.com website, the statistical authority on the game’s records has expanded its coverage of the Negro Leagues Black major league players from 1920-1948.
Those statistics are now officially listed with the National League and American League as major league records. That now means the records of Josh Gibson and Satchel Page can be legitimately compared to their white counterparts such as Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson.
The historic announcement admits that the research is ongoing and that 28 years of statistics that have been incorporated into the record banks are “incomplete”
However, it does bring credibility to those who are looking to have Gibson’s name added to either the National or American League Most Valuable Player Award.
“The Negro Leagues are not less than the National and American Leagues,” reads the statement on the Baseball-Reference website. “They are different, and we recognize that our work must acknowledge those differences.”
This era and the Negro League teams they encompass don’t include the barnstorming teams that were ambassadors during their travels to play against Caribbean counterparts.
They also don’t include other independent teams many historians consider to be as good as the teams that have been included as major league Negro teams on their website now. The complete register of baseball history contains a significant record of Independent and non-major Negro Leagues including a page for the 1917 Chicago American Giants.
The research is ongoing and there has been no timetable for when it will be complete. Record-keeping was fractured because of what Baseball Reference acknowledges was systemic racism and the lack of media accounts and record keeping.
Dusty Baker continues to bring good mojo to H-Town. The winningest Black manager in MLB history has the Houston Astros sporting the best offense in baseball and leading the Majors in almost every hitting category.
With fans being allowed back in ballparks for the first time since 2019, people are finally getting their chance at vengeance against the Astros for their sign-stealing scandal during their 2017 World Series run.
From Los Angeles to New York, entire stadiums are at war against Dusty’s 26-man crew, and he’s proven to be the perfect general for the fleet. Protecting his players like a bulletproof vest and keeping the conversation on baseball because that’s what he does best.
After taking over a franchise in the midst of chaos and scandal, Baker probably should have been the Manager of the Year, considering what he had to deal with and the negative microscope that his team was under.
Baker shook off the haters, maintained the fort, and shocked MLB by leading the Astros to Game 7 of last year’s American League Championship Series. Baker has them right back in contention this season as they are Top 5 in the American League in offense and pitching.
Let’s get to their bats first: Right now, the Astros currently lead all of MLB in runs, hits, RBI, batting average, total bases, On Base Percentage, and OPS.
Baker sits in 12th place all-time with 1,925 wins as a manager, 36 of them coming this year. His Astros are three games back of the Oakland A’s for the top spot in the AL West. He’ll look to add two more to his win total during a quick homestand against Demarcus Evans, Jason Martin and the Texas Rangers.
Joe Ross is the forgotten member of the Washington Nationals starting rotation.
Ross hasn’t been overwhelmingly dominant this season, but even during bad outings, he’s pitched well enough to keep them in games and that kind of heart and dedication to the team can’t be quantified in this new world of analytics.
On Sunday, Ross was able to take advantage of an offensive barrage by Nationals standards early to win the matinee’ 5-0 in the District and capture a split of their four-game set against the National League West, division-leading San Francisco Giants.
D.C.’s all but forgotten MLbbro put the Bay Area bats on ice by shutting out the Giants on five hits while striking out nine before Davey Martinez pulled him going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Ross also became the first pitcher to throw more than seven innings against the Giants this season. For his career, Ross is now 13-0 in 14 starts when he pitches at least seven innings.
“I felt pretty good commanding the ball,” Ross said. “I’m just glad I gave the bullpen a little more rest today.”
Ross was just what the doctor ordered for the Nats who split a seven inning doubleheader and put a strain on its bullpen Saturday. His 3-6 mark doesn’t adequately describe his season to this point. Ross entered with a 4.12 ERA. However, after Sunday’s performance, he has struck out 70 batters in 70.1 IP and has a WHIP of 1.25.
Washington was staked to a 5-0 lead with help from early fireworks which allowed Ross to attack the Giants aggressively throughout the afternoon.
Fellow MLBbro Josh Harrison helped Ross out with a lethal 4-for-4 day. Ross also helped himself at the plate with three sacrifice bunts.
Ross grew up in Berkeley, CA and played his high school baseball at Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland. His friends, family, and homies had to wake up early to enjoy the locally televised performance that started around 10am PT.
Those who woke up early to make the waffles and expresso will remember Sunday’s brunch with morning Joe Ross as a good spot.
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