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.
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.
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.
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.