Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

#MLBbro Ellis Burks had a stellar 18-year MLB career in which he swatted 352 homers and had a career batting average of .291.

He also knows a thing or two about rivalries having played for the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. Burks joins Mark Gray on “The Pushback” to talk 2021 MLB Playoffs.

 

Josh Bell Back In The Burgh With A Bang

Josh Bell Back In The Burgh With A Bang

After playing 552 games as a member of the Pirates, Josh Bell made his return to the Burgh over the weekend and highlighted it with a moonshot home run.

Josh Bell was back in the Steel City where his Major League career began back in 2016 and Bucco Nation made sure to show him plenty of love.

They greeted the Nationals first baseman with a standing ovation before his first PNC Park at bat as a member of the road team.

Bell hit 86 home runs and drove in 309 runs during his five years with the Pirates, and in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game he proved his comfort in the Pittsburgh batters box by hitting a solo home run to extend Washington’s lead to 3-1.

However that lead would not stand up for long: Pirates MLBbro Anthony Alford answered Bell’s bomb with a homer of his own to cut the deficit to one, then later on in the game, their young phenom Ke’Bryan Hayes sent folks home happy with the first walk off hit of his career.

During the weekend series Bell was 3-for-9 with five walks, two runs and that home run as his Nationals could only salvage one win out of the three games.

Bell finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2017 and was named as an All-Star for the Pirates in 2019.  That year he hit .277 with career highs in home runs, average, OPS, slugging percentage, hits, doubles and runs.

That year was also Bell’s second time homering 25 or more times for the Pirates, and with him already passing that mark this season, he became just the second player in Major League history to hit 25 home runs for the Nationals/ Montreal Expos and the Pirates joining former first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Bell is one of the few pieces that stayed in Washington after their fire sale during the trade deadline.  His year started off slow as he only hit .113 for the month of April and has been fighting to rise the average ever since.

“I feel good as of late,” said Bell to reporters before Friday night’s game.  “I had a really rough start that I had to work my way out of.  Thank God it wasn’t a 60-game season again.  I kind of turned things around.”

He signed a one-year deal with the Nationals this offseason and is now batting .253 with 26 home runs, a .813 OPS and 81 RBI.

He has definitely earned himself  a payday after this season whether he gets it in D.C. or with a new franchise.

Bell is now chasing the 30-homer mark during this final month of the season.  Showing those numbers during contract negotiations can only help his cause.

This week he and his Nationals will take on the “Bahamian Blur” Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the Miami Marlins.

From 1984-1998 No MLB Player Had More RBI Than Joe Carter

From 1984-1998 No MLB Player Had More RBI Than Joe Carter

By Devon POV Mason | MLBbro.com Contributor 

There are few moments in sports more exciting than a walk-off homer in baseball.

At one moment, the outcome of the contest is hanging in the balance. A moment later, it’s over.

In baseball history, few players have participated in a walk-off home run more dramatic than Joe Carter’s in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.

The Toronto Blue Jays were up 3 games to 2 in the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies but trailing in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 6.

With runners on 1st and 2nd, Phillies reliever Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams threw a 2-2 fastball to Carter who deposited it over the left field wall for a 3-run home run.

One that walked it off for victory and delivered the city of Toronto it’s second straight World Series Championship.

The call is one for the ages.

 

 

Five years after Carter won the World Series, he played his last game, finishing his 16-year MLB career with 396 home runs and 1,445 RBI.

In 2004 he was eligible for the Hall of Fame on the baseball writer’s ballot but received just 19 votes, a 3.8% share that was just shy of the 5% minimum required to remain on future ballots.

Joseph Chris Carter player college ball at Wichita State, and was an RBI man long before he entered the majors, driving in a then NCAA record 120 runs in 1981.

Carter was selected by the Cubs second overall in the 1981 MLB Draft. He was considered a five-tool player, with power, speed and strong-arm (he was a quarterback in high school).

He hit 22 home runs, while stealing 40 bases at AAA Iowa. In 1984, the Cubs were considered contenders and dealt Carter to the Indians in a trade that brought eventual Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe to Chicago.

This would be the first of three times that Carter would be involved in mega-trades involving players of significance.

With stops in Chicago, Cleveland, San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore and San Francisco.

From 1984-1998 no player in MLB had more RBI than Carter’s (1444), with Cal Ripken a distant second (1319), followed by Eddie Murray (1220), Barry Bonds (1216) and Jose Canseco (1214).

 

 

So, Carter is ahead by a considerable amount. Carter was also 4th in home runs (behind 3 players linked to steroids), and 5th in doubles over those 15 years.

Durability played a huge role as Carter was definitely available on game day. He played in all but 65 games from ‘85 to ‘97.

If Carter were to ever get that call to the Hall, he’d join Bill Mazeroski, as the only two players to end the Fall Classic on a homer and be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Point blank Joseph Chris Carter was an “RBI Man.”

When it came to driving men in, he didn’t play cute. He simply got the job done as well as any run producer of his generation.

Hall of Fame? Maybe. There’s definitely players in Cooperstown that can’t hold his jock strap as a run producer. There are a few clearly better.

But less than a handful of them can claim to be as clutch as “Touch Em All Joe.”

Aaron Judge Is A Legit MVP Candidate | Don’t Sleep !

Aaron Judge Is A Legit MVP Candidate | Don’t Sleep !

From starting in his third career All-Star Game to showing up on baseball’s biggest stages this season, Aaron Judge has done everything in his power to prove he belongs in the conversation for the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

 


If it wasn’t for Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run into an Iowa cornfield this past Thursday, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge would have been the topic of conversation after Major League Baseball’s first ever “Field of Dreams” game  — which saw four home runs hit by MLBbros.

Judge invigorated the Yankees dugout after hitting his second home run of the game, a two-run shot that cut the White Sox lead to 7-6 before Giancarlo Stanton’s homer later that inning would give them the lead.

 


Then came this past Saturday night: If you have been living under a rock, you should know that the White Sox now run the Windy City, and with the team on the North side in rebuild mode, they have become the city’s main attraction.

Fans have packed the park in almost every game since the All-Star break.

That made for a hostile environment in the second game of the series between the Yankees and Sox, but it didn’t phase the unflappably Judge showed who came up colossal once again.

He smoked an 8th-inning fastball 114 MPH over the center field wall for a go-ahead homer in a game the Bronx Bombers would win in extras.

 


That made three home runs in two games for Judge, who ended the weekend by showing off his batter’s yes, also drawing three walks and swiping a bag. 

The Yankees have failed to meet lofty expectations this season, but it isn’t Judge’s fault.

The 2018 AL Rookie of The Year has hit 26 home runs, driven in 63 runs, has a .289 batting average and an OPS of .902. 

In a season where injuries and COVID issues have ravaged the Yankees, Judge has been the main constant on the field and deserves some respect.

Just a little over five years ago to today, Judge along with teammate Tyler Austin hit back-to-back home runs in their first Major League at bats.


Since then, Judge hasn’t lacked in power or in the ability to give Yankee fans a show.

Among MLB outfielders, Judge is tied for first in home runs, sits third in OPS and slugging percentage, fifth in batting average and second in WAR behind 20/20 club member Cedric Mullins.

 


After many thought this would turn out to be a wasted season in the Empire State, the Yankees have stormed back in the standings over the last month as they are now just 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the American League East and just 2.5 games back of a spot in the Wild Card play in game.

 

Over the last month Judge is batting .286 with nine home runs, 23 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Judge will get to continue his MVP campaign as well as cut into the Red Sox lead in the AL East standings as they are scheduled to clash three times this week.