Giancarlo Stanton Becomes First MLBbro To Win All-Star Game MVP Since Prince Fielder In 2011

Giancarlo Stanton Becomes First MLBbro To Win All-Star Game MVP Since Prince Fielder In 2011

In his return home, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees was the brightest star in Los Angeles on Monday night, earning the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award and leading the American League to a 3-2 win over the National League in the 92nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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With the AL trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Stanton stepped to the plate with Jose Ramirez standing on first after a leadoff single. Facing the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, Stanton quickly fell behind 0-2.

Unfortunately for Gonsolin, his splitter didn’t split anything but the middle of the plate.

 

 

Stanton squared up and sent the ball on a 457-foot flight into the left field stands. Once he crossed the plate, the game was tied at two and Gonsolin was rattled. So much so, that he served up another fat one to Byron Buxton.

Buxton promptly deposited the offering 425 feet away; nearly matching Stanton’s blast.

However, when the votes were tallied, the Yankees slugger was named MVP. Stanton finished the game 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored.

Giancarlo Stanton becomes just the third Yankee to win the award, following Hall of Famers Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2000).

 

New York has claimed two of the five MVPs won by MLBbros since 2000, with Stanton joining Jeter, Garrett Anderson, Carl Crawford, and Prince Fielder. Fielder was the last Black player to win the award, doing so in 2011.

This year’s All-Star festivities could mark the beginning of a resurgence for Black and brown players across the league.

The energy was there among the players. They noticed and seemed poised to help push the doors to the game open even wider as a new generation of future All-Stars had their names called during the draft.

The AL’s quartet of players, led by Stanton, went a combined 3-for-8, with two home runs, two runs scored and accounting for all three American League RBI.

For Stanton, it was a dream come true. The LA-native, after a five-year absence and playing in his fifth All-Star game, placed himself into the pages of history by adding this MVP to his collection which includes the 2017 National League MVP award.

He’s also the front runner on the list of current MLB players to be the next slugger to reach the 500-homer plateau. If he, and Judge, can stay healthy, Stanton might get the opportunity to add “World Series MVP” to his resume as well.

MLBbros Contribute To American League All-Star Win

MLBbros Contribute To American League All-Star Win

The MLBbro’s on the American League All-Star team got the offense going early as they held on to win 5-2 in one of the most anticipated Mid Summer Classics in league history.

Major League Baseball has the greatest All-Star Game in all of sports and this year the legacy of Hank Aaron was front and center.

The game began with a tribute video for the late 25 time All-Star and former Home Run King “Hammerin” Hank Aaron.  His wife, Mrs. Billye Aaron was escorted to home plate by MLBbro and Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge along with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman as she was given a jersey signed by each All-Star and a painting honoring his journey from Mobile, Alabama to the Hall of Fame.

Once the bro’s stepped into the batters box, they immediately got the scoring party started.  After Aaron Judge drew a walk and worked his way to third base, Blue Jays Marcus Semien legged out an infield single to put the American League up 1-0 in the Top of the second.

Judge also showed why he is one of the most underrated defensive players in the Majors when he chased down a fly ball and made a catch at the wall.

A few innings later CM Storm Cedric Mullins came up to bat and hit a ground ball up the middle.  The shortstop misplayed it and was not able to make a throw so it was ruled an error, but I do not think the scorers in Colorado know the pure speed of Mullins: there was no way he was going to be thrown out.

Regardless, he would later come around to score the game’s 4th run on an RBI Groundout by the games MVP Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Met’s Taijuan Walker made his first appearance as an All-Star in the sixth inning where he struck out a batter and allowed a home run.

White Sox Tim Anderson got a de facto off night as he entered the game in the Bottom of the 8th and did not record an at bat.

On the managerial side of things, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts lost his fourth consecutive All-Star Game as National League manager, the League in total has lost eight straight to the American League.

Roberts named Hall of Famer and former seven time All-Star Reggie Smith as honorary bench coach.

The culture of MLBbro Nation was definitely alive and well during All-Star Weekend in Denver.  From “The Kid” Ken Griffey Jr. handing out the home run derby chain to the custom Hank Aaron Cleats and #44 cut into the outfield grass.

We will be looking forward to the 2022 All-Star game which will be held in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium.

MLB Draft | Kumar Rocker Was A Steal For The New York Mets At No. 10

MLB Draft | Kumar Rocker Was A Steal For The New York Mets At No. 10

If you’re a Mets fan, it’s your time to rejoice. 

Stroman.

DeGrom.

MLBbro All-Star, Taijuan Walker.

And now, Kumar Rocker.

 

Kumar Rocker’s The Top Pitcher In The 2021 MLB Draft | He’s Black Too

 

The former college standout and newest MLBbro became the 10th pick in the 2021 MLB draft on Sunday night. If you’ve never heard the name, it’s time to get to know one of the most dominant pitchers in this year’s draft class. 

 A 6’5 and 245 lbs, one could say that Rocker’s measurements are comparable to those of a football player. This comes as no surprise considering that his father, Tracy, is a retired NFL player. However, despite playing football in high school, Rocker ultimately chose baseball. So far, the decision has paid off.

 

 

Coming out of high school, Rocker got drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Nevertheless, he decided to play NCAA baseball instead of pursuing his opportunity with the Rockies.

Not only did he play college baseball, but he also played at Vanderbilt, the same program that has made a name for itself as one of the most successful college baseball programs in America. Behind Tim Corbin, the program is famous for developing MLB-level talent, and Rocker is no exception.

 

During his freshman year at Vanderbilt, Rocker helped carry the Commodores to a College World Series victory. Matter of fact, to say he “helped” might even be an understatement.

When the pressure was on, he delivered. He pitched a 19 strikeout no-hitter against Duke. He then set a College World Series record after throwing 11 strikeouts in a matchup against Michigan. At the end of the tournament, he boasted a 2-0 record with a 1.46 ERA. He was crowned the College World Series Most Outstanding Player.

The accolades kept coming.

That same year he became the Freshman of The Year by both D1Baseball.com and Baseball America, in addition to making the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Then came COVID-19.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, the NCAA baseball season had been cut short in 2020. The preseason hype was there, but the opportunities weren’t. While he only started 3 games, he did end the season with a 1.80 ERA and a total of 28 strikeouts in 15 innings.

The last time Rocker stepped on a mound, his performance was quite uncharacteristic. After advancing to the 2021 College World Series Final, Rocker was the Game 3 pitcher in a best-of-3 series. It was expected that he would be the hero to clinch the series. The outcome couldn’t have been more anticlimactic.

Mississippi State beat Vanderbilt 9-0. Corbin took Rocker off the mound in the fourth inning. Just like that, a historic college baseball career had ended for Rocker in a heartbreaking fashion.

It has to be noted that black players don’t get the same grace extended to them during hard times the way that white players do. So yes, we do have to address Rocker’s rocky performance.

Matter of fact, if Vanderbilt won the game on another lights-out performance by Rocker, there’s a good chance he’s not even available by the time the Mets make the 10th pick.

However, the acknowledgment isn’t to plant seeds of doubt for Mets fans.

Rocker’s track record speaks for itself. As a Vanderbilt ace who has had the nation’s attention since his days as a high school baseball star, Kumar Rocker is one of the most accomplished and experienced picks in this year’s draft class. It’s safe to say that Mets fans can get excited. This pick looks like it’s gonna pay off.