Cedric Mullins Knocking On Door Of Exclusive 30-30 Club

Cedric Mullins Knocking On Door Of Exclusive 30-30 Club

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.

 

 

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.

 

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?

 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

Cedric Mullins continues to make history on the field as he joined seven Baltimore Orioles, including Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor and Paul Blair as members of the 20 home run 20 stolen base club

He has also been one of the hottest hitters on the planet as he has hits in 19 consecutive games after a three-hit performance in the finale of the Tigers series 

For that, he takes the top spot in Week 18 of our #High/Five list.

 

1. Cedric Mullins


The Orioles centerfielder would have a real shot an American League MVP award if he was on a winning team. 

Mullins was named as Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights pick after eclipsing the feat. 

 

 

Over his last seven games, Mullins has an average of .345 with two home runs, three RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

“CM Storm” has climbed his way into the top four in the race for the Major League Baseball batting title, but Astros Michael Brantley still sits on top and has extended his lead over the past few days.

 

 

2. Lewis Brinson

 

Lewis Brinson was a topic of conversation on social media throughout the entire week, but what should be trending is how well he has played.

In Wednesday’s game against the Padres he showed Slam Diego fans they can hit the long ball in Miami too.

He hit two home runs, had three RBI and a walk in a Marlins victory.

 

During the 8th inning of Miami’s game against the Mets last Thursday, members of their broadcast team downplayed Brinson’s power and ability to bat out of the cleanup spot.

Well, as quickly as a SpongeBob “A few moments later” scene comes up, Brinson lined a two run double to the right field gap to ice the Marlins win. 

 

 

Brinson was 12-for-25 this week for a .480 average, three home runs, 10 RBI and three walks.  

His Marlins take on the Chicago Cubs in Sunny South Beach this weekend.

 

3. George Springer


It’s only been a few weeks since the Blue Jays began playing games in Toronto again, yet George Springer is already bigger than Drake in Canada; at least to the Rogers Centre faithful. 

 

 

Last week Springer had the top spot on our #High/Five list after earning his third career Player of the Week award, and even though he fell a few spots, he’s still raking since he came off the IL. 

Springer hit a go-ahead three run home run late in Sunday’s game to lift the Blue Jays over a Boston Red Sox team that they are battling neck-and-neck for a Wild Card spot. 

 

 

On Wednesday night, G Springs hit two home runs in Cali against the Angels, bringing his total to three on the week.

Over his last seven games Springer is batting .267 with nine runs and eight RBI. Look who’s making a late MVP run.

 

4. Tim Anderson


Tim Anderson has shown he is a Prime Time player this year, and that was exactly the case during Week 18. 

 

 

In addition to Major League Baseball’s “Field of Dreams” game Thursday which featured a matchup between the White Sox and the Yankees, the Sox had three total Prime time games this week. 

 Anderson homered on the first pitch of the first-ever Sunday Night Baseball game broadcasted live on ABC. 

Then, less than 24 hours later, T.A. played in a game broadcasted on ESPN against the Twins and would homer in the games first at bat as well.

 

 

Anderson currently sits eighth in the league in batting average.  Over his past seven games, he batted .281 with four RBI and four runs scored.

 

5. Lorenzo Cain

Since coming off of the Injured List July 27th, World Series Champion Lorenzo Cain has been finding his stride at the plate, as he has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 11 games.

 

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Cain hit an opposite field home run to extend his Brewers lead over the Cubs to 4-1 in the sixth.  

 

 

Cain decided not to play during last year’s Covid shortened season, but this year he is getting a chance to show great verteran leadership as he is a part of an outfield that includes fellow MLBbros Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tyrone Taylor.

Over his last seven games, Cain is batting .269 with five RBI, two steals and three runs scored.

This weekend Cain and his Brewers will take on Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Steel City. 

Cedric Mullins Continues His Rise With 20-20 Season

Cedric Mullins Continues His Rise With 20-20 Season

Cedric Mullins made history over the weekend when he became the seventh Baltimore Oriole to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.

 

 

If he continues to ride the wave of his most recent hitting streak, he’ll be adding some hardware at the end of the year. 

Mullins  homered in both Saturday and Sunday’s contest, and in doing so clinched the ninth 20-20 season in Baltimore Orioles history.

 

“It means everything,” said Mullins.  “I just hope to progress from here.”

There has been no post All-Star game slump for CM Storm despite the struggles of his Orioles.

Sunday he extended his career-long 16-game hitting streak with a home run off Michael Wacha on the first pitch of their game against Tampa Bay.

Mullins has without a doubt been the best leadoff hitter in the Majors this season as he has caught a pitcher being lackadaisical and homered to lead-off a game five times this season.

His Rickey Henderson – like efficiency ties him for the most lead off jacks by an Orioles player since Seth Brown in 2017.

He’s only one off the club record for a season.

He joins Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor and Paul Blair as the only Black players to ever do it for the O’s.

Mullins did it in 108 games, four more than Jackson who only took 104 in 1976 to accomplish the feat, which is the fastest ever in Orioles history.

These last two months of the season we’ll be seeing CM Storm playing for individual hardware.

He is currently tied for the American League lead in hits and is in third place for batting average, just slightly behind All-Star Michael Brantley.

Mullins is a front runner for one of the three outfield Silver Slugger awards.

He leads all American League outfielders in OPS, slugging percentage, doubles and sits in second in average, on base percentage and triples.

Mullins will have an off day on Monday and then look to extend his career-long hitting streak to 17 games when he takes on his former travel baseball teammate Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers.

 

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MLBbros Honored With Heart & Hustle Awards

MLBbros Honored With Heart & Hustle Awards


Four MLBbros won the league’s Heart and Hustle Award.

Created by Major League Baseball’s alumni association in 2005, the award is voted on by alumni and active MLB players.

The prestigious award, which is presented annually, is given to those players who demonstrate an infectious passion for the game of baseball and embody the spirit and traditions of the game both on and off the field. 

The MLBbros who best fit the description for the 2021 Heart and Hustle Award for their respective squads, all hail from the American League.

 


Leading off, is the lone wolf of the pack, Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox out of the AL Central.  New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, Toronto Blue Jays All-Star Marcus Semien and MLBBro All-Star Cedric Mullins all reside in the American League East.

 


The measure of a good teammate is someone who brings that same energy day in and day out.

One of those high-energy guys is Mullins, aka CM Storm, who took to Twitter after receiving word that he was selected.

Mullins said, “It’s an honor to be selected for the 2021 #HeartandHustle Award!! It’s my goal every day to go out and play hard and to the best of my ability. I am truly grateful that my play and hard work has been recognized by my peers!!”

The future Gold Glove recipient told MLB Central, “It’s a great feeling knowing that the hard work I put in through the struggles of being promoted to the Bigs, being the opening day starter then finding my way back to Double-A that same year and just taking a step back.

Figuring out how to find the success again at those levels then translating it into the Majors is an amazing feeling.”

The Selection Process

The MLBPAA devise committees features past legends for all 30 teams who kept a relationship with their former organizations. As the season comes to an end, the organization’s committees and those still trotting on the field, select one player from each ball club by way of a vote to announce the finalist of each organization.

Past MLBbros to receive the award are: Torii Hunter (2011), Josh Harrison (2014) and Mookie Betts (2018).

 


The announcement of the overall League winner from the 30 individual winners of the award will take place sometime in November, with coverage taking place on the MLB Network. 

For more information regarding the Heart and Hustle Award, please visit www.baseballalumni.com or follow them on all multimedia platforms at MLBPAA with the official hashtag #HeartandHustle for the award.