That age old question, “If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?” was made for Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore Orioles.
This MLBbro makes noise for the Old Birds, but nobody hears him due to their putrid season.
Last week, the 26-year-old became just the third player in O’s history to hit 25 home runs while also stealing 25 bases in a single season, joining senior bros Don Baylor, who stole 32 bases while launching 25 long balls in 1975, and Reggie Jackson who followed suit in 1976.
Coincidentally, Baylor was 26 like Mullins during his claim to fame as the first member of the franchise 25/25 club.
Baylor finished top 20 in the MVP bracket, laying the foundation before acquiring the award in 1979.
Like Baylor, Reggie Jackson, during his lone season with the old birds, became the second player enshrined in franchise history when he swiped 28 bags (the most he ever stole in his illustrious career) while banging 27 moon shots in 1976, as mentioned earlier.
Jackson finished 16th in MVP votes during that campaign.
Ced adds yet another accolade to his incredible breakout season. pic.twitter.com/y5VKf9Hipk
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 5, 2021
Because he reached all his original goals, Mullins has a different goal on the horizon: to become the first player in the franchise’s history to go 30 for 30 like an ESPN documentary.
CM Storm hit his 27th homer of the year Tuesday night as the Orioles took down the Kansas City Royals 7-3 inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) September 8, 2021
In his last three games, the newly lamented All-Star is 6-for-13 with four RBI and two homers.
In 518 at-bats, he’s accounted for 159 hits, 80 runs, 54 RBI, 33 doubles, and 26 bases on balls for the season.
With 25 games remaining, he only needs four stolen bases and three more home runs to join the exclusive 30-30 club.
It is within reach, which will keep the fans engaged down the stretch.
But for personal reasons, unlike his predecessors, if achieved, could he also be awarded the American League MVP at seasons’ end even with his team having a losing record?