With Anderson joining the Marlins, our MLBbros will be well represented in South Beach.
Tim Anderson Joins Other MLBbros In Miami
The shortstop is joining Jazz Chisolm, Josh Bell, and Nick Gordon. Oh and we can’t forget about Xavier Edwards who appeared in 10 games last season and made the most of his time with the Marlins.
With the addition of Anderson, the Marlins get another valuable player that can make an impact on the field and at the plate.
Miami had its eye on Anderson since last season during the trade deadline. The Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants also pursued TA7, but at the end of the day, the Marlins prevailed.
Tim Anderson Blossomed In Chicago
Anderson, a Silver Slugger award winner, spent the last eight seasons in Chicago and blossomed into one of the most impactful players in the game.
We got the opportunity to see how passionate he is and how he leaves it all out on the field. And he loved to give back to the community.
With the success that Anderson had in Chicago, you would have thought the 2x All-Star would have ended his career there.
But after last season, there was no question he would be on the move. He struggled at the plate hitting .245 and his .582 OPS was the lowest among qualified hitters last season.
Tim Anderson Is A .300 Hitter
Before last season, Anderson had four consecutive seasons where he hit over .300. He finished his career in Chicago with a .282 batting average.
Now he has a chance to help this Marlins team make back-to-back postseason appearances. On paper, Miami’s lineup could be a nightmare for opposing pitchers, especially at the top of their lineup.
You have Anderson, who can set the tone at the leadoff spot and then you can put Chisholm at the two or three spot and have Bell batting cleanup, collecting those RBIs.
And Gordon can have a lot of success at the bottom of the lineup, but his value lies in his ability to play almost any position on the field.
Tim Anderson and Luis Arraez Up The Miami Marlins Middle: Two Batting Champions
On defense, Anderson and Luis Arráez up the middle will be a good tandem.
There’s no question that Miami will be one of the most exciting teams to watch this season and they have the talent to finish at the top of the NL East standings.
Anderson has only appeared in the postseason twice, the last time coming in 2021. This could be the year he makes a return to the postseason with his new team.
And this will be a big season for Anderson who will look to have a bounce back year. He wasted no time showing love to his new team as he posted a photo of himself in a Marlins uniform on his Instagram page.
Even though his deal with Miami is for one year, Anderson can have a productive and extensive career with the Marlins with a strong bounce back season.
Tickets will go on sale now due to the great turnout from last year’s inaugural event. Last year it was in Seattle, this year it’s at Globe Life Field, home of the World Series Champion Texas Rangers,
50 players from historically Black colleges and universities will showcase their skills nationally, while spotlighting the legacies of HBCU programs. The classic is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will air live on MLB Network.
The Swingman Classic held its first event on July 7th, 2023, with some of baseball’s biggest names helping to bring it to fruition and promote it on a large audience.
MLB Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Jr, supported the swingman classic and MLBbro was there every step of the way.
With Griffey now a main supporter of this combine, many other Black baseball greats were inspired to help this classic and get more eyes on Black College baseball and the deep talent pool that participates in at these schools.
As a representative, Griffey knows that HBCU talent needs exposure and the mainstream market. With his presence, he can bring them to the table.
“It gives an opportunity for these guys to be seen; plus, they want to continue their baseball career like everyone else,” said Junior, who had 13 All Star appearances and 10 Gold Gloves throughout his career. “This is an opportunity for these guys to be out there on a big stage, to have fun with some guys who played the game at a high level and learn some things.”
For years HBCU athletics have not received the proper recognition from Major League Baseball, despite examples of great players ascending from those programs into MLB stardom.
This combine and game during the MLB All-Star festivities will put the MLB on notice as some great baseball players are in the HBCU system.
HBCU players are well-represented in the MLB. Players such as Ricky and Jemile Weeks, Joe Black, Lou Brock, Andre Dawson and more. In the 2023 MLB draft, there were three players from HBCUs who got drafted.
Former HBCU stars Trey Paige, and Xavier Meachen (10th Round, Florida Marlins), were selected for the 2023 draft and were also at the first annual Swingman Classic, which undoubtedly put them on new radars and elevated their stock.
“I was super excited I got the invite,” Paige, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round out of Delaware State, told MLBbro last year. “This shows that you can go to an HBCU and still have some recognition with big-name schools,” Paige said.
Paige plays mostly the infield and has bounced around the minor leagues for most of the year. Just like last year, there will be a ton of MLBbro talent on the field. Maybe even more, considering that this year might have a much bigger and better turnout.
Even though the Swingman Classic is set to showcase some of the brightest young talents, this is also an opportunity to showcase the HBCU baseball alum in attendance.
Ricky Weeks Jr played and attended Southern University A&M. While being a standout baseball star during his time in college, Weeks managed to put Southern A&M on the map. Weeks was one of very few to be an HBCU alum during his time in the majors. However, this shows that there is talent in HBCU athletics.
With this new recognition that HBCU athletes are getting now, this event can be another route for great baseball talent from underpromoted schools to become Major Leaguers stars.
MLBbro Player of the Year Mookie Betts will one day see his name in Cooperstown. Along with his passion for the game of baseball, Betts holds a deep love for connecting with his community and established the 50/50 Foundation.
It’s a shining example of charitable giving and compassion.
The 50/50 Foundation actively supports the character and personal development of young people through various kinds of developmental activities. The foundation instills important characteristics like discipline, resilience, and teamwork by fusing life skills with athletic training.
50/50 Foundation Brings Positive Change To Marginalized Populations
The organization was founded with the goal of having a long-lasting influence on marginalized populations. It is committed to bringing about positive change through a wide range of programs. One of the programs that Betts has is “Team Mookie.” “Team Mookie” is an AAU team; that includes multiple age groups. The team was established in 2021 to compete and travel
throughout the United States.
Betts Foundation’s main motivation is to help kids in various ways. Like partnering with the Crete Academy to invite 650 kids from South Central to Dodger Stadium for a game. Betts has a goal to make a long-lasting impact on the culture of baseball, while also helping to develop future leaders.
Betts told MLBbro.com’s Nick Hamilton, “The goal that I set out to accomplish, which is to get Blacks in baseball,” Betts said. “Not necessarily on the field but just around the field. Maybe it’s front office.”
Betts gave the kids an opportunity to experience something they would never forget. Along with helping the youth of South Central, LA, Betts also teamed up with Brotherhood Crusade to hand out Thanksgiving meals to 1,500 families at Algin Sutton Recreational Center in Los Angeles.
50/50 Foundation Brides Cultural and Social Divides
The main goal of the Mookie 50/50 Foundation is to allow people to reach their greatest potential. by bridging social divides. The foundation seeks to improve the future of people who are enduring hardships by focusing on education, youth development, and community involvement. They build groundbreaking sports programs in inner city schools to help empower the youth.
Every foundation must have a way to fund the charity. There are two ways of funding Mookie’s organization. There is a bowling tournament that Betts throws to helps benefit the charity. It’s called “Mookie Betts + Friends Bowling Tournament.” This will be his second year participating in the bowling tournament, which also includes other major league players.
We’re always thankful when we get a chance to do for others and the 5050 Foundation Charity Bowling Event was a lot of fun! Go see who you can spot that showed up that night! New link in bio pic.twitter.com/BMiIVvXtd1
His next tournament is February 3rd and another way you can donate is by going on the 50/50 Foundation’s website. The 50/50 Foundation is creating a legacy and leaving a lasting mark on the lives of those it serves. Betts continues to use his platform to encourage and empower others. A true candidate for the best player in the game, Mookie’s also an All-Star community activist helping and serving in any way he can.
Every time he tries to leave something keeps pulling MLBbro Dusty Baker back to the field of dreams.
Only this time he’ll be moving on up to the front office. After originally retiring from managing after a 26 year career, Baker is returning with the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor to baseball operations the team announced on Thursday.
Dusty began his MLB managerial career with the Giants in 1993 where he led them to a 2002 World Series appearance (Lost to the Anaheim Angels in 7), two NL West titles and three trips to the postseason with Barry Bonds setting records that may never be broken.
Dusty Baker Returns to San Francisco
Although he is not returning to the dugout, this role isn’t unfamiliar to him. Baker served as a special advisor to team CEO Larry Baer from 2018 to ’19. Baker’s role in his third stint with the team will be similar to the role he had in 2018, having a hand in both business and baseball operations.
Even though Baker has reached the mountain top with the Astros winning a World Series (2022) and coached teams such as the Chicago Cubs (2003-2006), Cincinnati Reds (2008 to 2013), and the Washington Nationals (2016-2017), Baker considers the Bay Area home.
“I’ve enjoyed my stops at various places, but I’m happy to be back home,” Baker said in a team release. “I look forward to providing guidance to the organization and helping the Giants get back to the top in a very tough division.”
Dusty Baker Has The Winning Formula
The 74-years-young Baker surely has limitless amounts of knowledge and wisdom to share.
In his career in the dugout Baker has reached three World Series, became the first manager in MLB history to lead five different teams to division titles, captured three NL Manager of the Year awards and has 2,183 wins under his belt.
The Giants are excited to be able to tap into Dusty’s endless well of baseball knowledge going forward.
“I was fortunate enough to get to know Dusty when we overlapped in the organization in 2019, and I’m excited to get to work with him again,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement. “I learn something new in every interaction with him and look forward to leaning on his experience and perspective on the game.”
The Giants have not been to the postseason since 2021 and had a disappointing ’23 season placing 4th in the NL West (79-83 record).
We look forward to watching this MLBbro legend help the organization turn things around and get back on a winning track
There has only been a total of 116 CY Young Award winners in baseball history. According to a recent report on MLB.com, two of our MLBbros were acknowledged as having one of the Top 5 most dominant Cy Young award-winning seasons we have ever seen.
#3 Nobody Could Mess With the “Hoot”
In sports there are stars, then there are game changers. Coming in at #3 on the list we have MLBbro Bob “Hoot” Gibson whose 1968 season was so out of this world, the next season MLB made a rule change to lower the pitching mound just to help hitters facing him.
Gibson would have a record of 22-9 with an ERA of 1.12 and 268 strikeouts in 34 appearances, with 28 of them being complete games. During the months of June and July that season “The Hoot” was unhittable, only allowing two earned runs in 92 straight innings with 13 shutouts.
Although Gibson is on this list for his Cy Young accolade, it wasn’t the only award that he won that season. Along with his Cy Young Award, Gibson would win a Gold Glove Award and NL MVP Award, along with being named the Sporting News ‘Pitcher of the Year’ while helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the NL Pennant.
1968 was considered the “Year of the pitcher”, because so many hurlers had career seasons, but the leader of the pack was Bob “The Hoot” Gibson who was so dominant that they MLB lowered the mound to return an advantage back to the hitter.
#4 The “Doc” Is In
In 1985, Dwight Gooden was living life like a Wiz Khalifa song. At 20 years old he was young, wild, and free to prescribe Ks to any batter who was addicted to the humiliation of facing baseball’s youngest, Blackest superstar.
Fresh off winning the NL Rookie of the Year award, Gooden would take his talent to another level, like going from his Master’s to PHD, earning the nickname the “Doc”.
This MLBbro would have a dominating season pitching 35 games posting a record of 24-4 with a staggering 1.53 ERA in 276.2 inning pitched and 268 strikeouts, earning him a Triple Crown (The only pitcher to do so in the 1980’s).
Supreme Analytical Season
If we used today’s analytics to describe how magical this season was, the Doc’s rWAR is listed at 12.2 which is only surpassed by Walter Johnson (13.5 in 1912 and 14.6 in 1913) and the pitcher the award is named after Cy Young (12.6 in 1906).
His 1.53 ERA (NY Mets Franchise Record) is the second best after the dead ball era behind who? You guessed it, Bob “The Hoot” Gibson’s 1968 ERA (1.12). Gooden would also finish fourth in the NL MVP race and be selected to the All-Star team. Congrats to these MLB Bros on making this list, getting the recognition they truly deserve, and being remembered for generations to come.
As Black baseball stars continue to make waves around the baseball world, one in particular has represented the bunch as well as anyone on and off of the field.
Following an incredible season, it’s now former AL MVP Mookie Betts’ turn to grace the 2023 MLBbro.com Player of the Year award.
Third Time’s A Charm
Betts has become the third winner of the MLBbro Player of the Year honor, with now-World Series champion Marcus Semien taking the award in 2021 before Bronx Bomber Aaron Judge earned the honor in 2022.
Betts followed suit, being acknowledged as one of the best in the game. Being selected as a First Team All-MLB player recently also solidifies his elite status.
How Did Mookie Betts Fare In 2023?
While Betts was just shy of another MVP nod, he had an historical season where he tallied a career-high 39 home runs and earned his sixth Silver Slugger Award. As a lethal leadoff hitter, Betts earned a solo spot in MLB record books for RBI from the top of the order after a two-RBI double on Sept. 23 against the Giants — bringing him to 105.
After making a move to the infield, notching 70 appearances at second base and 16 at shortstop, the 2022 Golden Glover only made five errors and continue his presence as a dominant player on defense and elevated him to most versatile player in the game, along with Shohei Ohtani.
This led to Betts being moved to second base as an everyday player for the upcoming season — the position he was drafted to play back in 2011.
Everyone Loves Mookie
Betts’ on-field contributions are far from the full-picture considering what he has to offer. Betts started his career with the Red Sox, where he won the aforementioned MVP award as well as the World Series before being traded and re-upping in Los Angeles on a big-money deal.
When he got to the Dodgers, Betts immediately captured his second World Series championship and it made the Dodgers a new destination spot for big-time stars like Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez and now the $700 million man in Shohei Ohtani.
This wave was something to be expected from a team led by a guy like Betts.
MLB legend Albert Pujols only spent one season with the star, but still told Mlbbro.com that he would build a team around Betts if he owned a team.
“That’s one of the first guys I’d pick,” Pujols said. “ (He’s) quiet, respect the game, plays the game hard, great teammate.”
Helping Out The Bros
As MLBbro Player of the Year, Betts solidified his case with his contributions towards increasing diversity in baseball. In an interview with MLBbro.com’s Nick Hamilton, Betts made it a goal of his to bring culture into baseball and attract his community to the game.
“The goal that I set out to accomplish, which is to get Blacks in baseball,” Betts said. “Not necessarily on the field but just around the field. Maybe it’s front office.”
Betts continued to explain that he wanted to get people out of the streets and help them become more success in life. With Betts’ on and off-field successes, he earns the MLBbro Player of the Year honor and continues to lead the way as one of the illuminating stars of MLB.