Charles Nyonga shines a light on the latest MLBbro to hit the ground running. Atlanta Braves top prospect, Vaughn Grissom had a home run in his MLB debut. Grissom, a dynamic infielder, was selected by the Braves in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. He batted ninth and played second base on Wednesday night.
13-Year #MLBbro Jeffrey Hammonds played from 1993-2005 for six different teams and was an All-Star in 2000 when he batted .335 with 20 homers and 106 RBI.
He’s a representative of the MLBPA and a long standing contributor to baseball’s diversity efforts. The NJ native and Stanford University alum recently completed his fourth season with #HankAaronInvitational cultivating, developing and mentoring the next generation of ball players.
So many jewels dropped in the interview. Here is Part 1
On Tuesday, it was assumed that the topic of conversation in San Diego would be the acquisitions of Juan Soto and MLBbro Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals for a laundry list of prospects that included future MLBbro stars, C.J. Abrams and James Wood..
While the past weekend was a whirlwind for the Padres front office and owner Peter Seidler off the field, the players still had a job to do playing a double header after the trade went down. It would have been easy for the team to have a letdown and just be happy with a split, but they handled their business sweeping the Colorado Rockies in the double header. That’s something that manager Bob Melvin mentioned after the game to The San Diego Tribune.
“Oh it’s over, it’s over,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said after Game 2. “It was a long day and it was emotional right away, just because all that was going on. Again, thanks to Peter (Seidler), our owner and A.J. Preller) working his stuff early in the morning. Probably didn’t sleep for a couple of days, which isn’t new for him and then to win a game like we did the first one and not really swing the bats well, but get good enough pitching to put it up at the end and be able to sweep a double header, which is hard to do.”
Yes, teams winning double headers is very hard to do and a player being the ultimate reason is even harder. Our MLBbro, Trent Grisham reintroduced himself as one of the major cogs of the Padres offense by homering in both games. In the first game with San Diego down two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Grisham evened up things in style to power his team to a 13-5 win.
Trent finished up a three RBI performance in Game 1 but that was nothing compared to the drama our MLBbro provided in Game 2 with his second walkoff home run of the season on a 3-2 pitch to add more excitement to the Padre fanbase about their postseason aspirations.
Grisham shared his thoughts about his heroics after the game via ESPN.
“It was pretty low. I was kind of worried, so I’m glad it got out,“ Grisham said. It was a long day, a fruitful day.”
“Anytime you can come up big for your team is huge, Grisham said. “(The trades) definitely played a part in the first game. In the second game, it was all will.”
This performance could catapult our MLBbro back to the two-way player that he showed he could be in the 2020 pandemic season when he hit .251 with 10 homers and 26 RBI in 59 games. The defense has never been a question…
Even with his struggles with his batting average hovering around .200, that doesn’t mean that Grisham hasn’t accomplished anything. With his 13 homers this year, he is already close to eclipsing his total of 15 from last season. His 41 RBI shows that he makes things happen when the bat meets the ball. Our MLBbro was on an eight-game hitting streak before it was snapped in a 7-3 loss on Thursday batting a .333 clip with three homers and six RBI during the stretch.
It will be interesting to see this MLBbro’s progress at the plate going forward. With the additions of Juan Soto and fellow MLBbro Josh Bell added to the lineup with Fernando Tatis Jr., maybe the pressure to make things happen will subside with Trent Grisham knowing his teammates will bring offensive firepower to the lineup.
But if that recent eight-game hitting streak turns out not to be a fluke, but a foreshadowing of things to come, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially have a team in their rear view mirror that is a postseason threat to come out of the National League to go to the World Series.
Nick Gordon has settled in nicely in his second season with the Minnesota Twins. This season, the 26-year-old has played both the infield and outfield and has had success at the plate as well. You can call Gordon a man who wears many hats because wherever you put him in the field, he’s going to go out there and make the plays.
Looking at his numbers he’s really stepped up offensively this season. That’s just the sign of hard work. Gordon has shown a lot of maturity and you can tell he’s a lot more confident.
And he has already seen more playing time than last year and that will continue to happen as the season progresses. He recently had one of his best performances, against the Detroit Tigers. On Monday, Gordon went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.
It was his first three-hit performance this season.
Let’s be real, if you can have success at the plate, you will find yourself in the lineup. And if Gordon can continue that success, the Twins will find a way to make a spot for him. The Twins are in a position to make the playoffs and having a versatile player like Gordon on the team is beneficial.
Gordon stepped up significantly at the beginning of the season when All-Star outfielder Byron Buxton was out due to injury. He held it down out there in centerfield and gave Twins fans something to look forward to. Even when Gordon’s bat isn’t clicking, he can be used as a defensive replacement in close games down the stretch and anywhere on the field.
Our MLBbro had a hot start to July, where he had a six-game hitting streak. He then cooled off a bit and has picked things back up during the last three days of the month. This will be a crucial month for the Twins as the race in the American League Central could potentially come down to the wire.
And look for Gordon’s name to be called on more and don’t be surprised if you see him come up in clutch situations where the game is on the line. Whether he’s running down a fly ball in the outfield or making a diving stop in the infield, Gordon will leave it all out there on the field.