The Detroit Tigers have sent utility player Niko Goodrum to the Injury List Saturday after his hematoma started bleeding.
The initial injury occurred July 10 when Goodrum fouled a pitch off his lower extremities in the seventh inning matchup against the Minnesota Twins.
Although he is down and out, some minor nicks and bruises didn’t stop the newly found tradition as the infielder/outfielder is a man of the people.
For the third time in the past four years, Goodrum joined forces with the Asbury United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan, where he donated 275 cases of water to the residents who are still without clean water.
Partnering with the United Way of Genesee County, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Goodrum’s, “do GOOD things,” foundation started in June of 2020 before the pandemic shortened season as he and the league had a lot of time on their hands.
“I’ve been giving water back to Flint for two years now, dating back, this is my third year doing it,” said Goodrum to Detroit Tigers TV.
He said, “That sparked the idea of, let me get something going where people can donate to me if they want to contribute. I was getting checks from random people to the stadium. I talked to Jordan Field (Director, Player Relations & Detroit Tigers Foundation), and I was like, ‘what do I do with this money?’ and that’s how the foundation came about.
“When there is a need, when there is something, I can do in Detroit and Flint or back home in Georgia, whenever I see a need, I always want to give back. It is very important to me as my parents instilled in me at an early age to give back to people, and that is what we are here for, to give back to people.”
Teammate “Real Deal” Akil Baddoo was also at the giveaway, passing out clean cases of water. He chimed in on his experience and said, “this is what it’s all about. I play this game for the families like this, the unfortunate, and come out here and see the smiles on their faces and the joy we bring. That’s what it’s all about.”
The church, which serves about 300 members, gives out cases of bottled water every Tuesday since the inception of the Flint Water Crisis came into effect in 2014.
The event, which runs like your favorite fast-food chain, gives insurance that those of the community in need will have safe and clean drinking water.
Goodrum has proven to be more than an athlete. The people affected most will remember his humanitarian work long after his baseball career comes to an end.
Derek Hill will have another opportunity to make significant contributions for the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers recalled the talented outfielder from Triple-A Toledo on July 16.
Hill has already made multiple appearances with the Tigers this season. His last appearance was on June 30th when he went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
He made his debut this season with the Tigers on April 21st.
Hill recorded his first hit on June 5th against the Chicago White Sox.
A few days later he had his first multi-hit game.
This MLBbro has made quite the impact in his limited action this season for the Tigers and now he’s getting another opportunity to display his skills.
The Tigers are very high on Hill and what he can do on the field.
“I really wanted him back in the big leagues to man center field quite a bit,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch told the Detroit Free Press. “Derek’s defense is really second to none in our organization in the outfield.”
Now Hill has another shot to remain on the Tigers throughout the remainder of the season as All-Star break has ended.
There’s no question that Hill has what it takes to play in the big leagues as he already displayed his skill set.
Through eight games this season, Hill is batting .286 with four hits in 14 at-bats.
Detroit has seen a variety of outfielders throughout the course of the season as players have been dealing with injuries left and right. Opportunities abound for a young player who can find some consistency and secure a starting job.
During the month of June, Hill made his second stint with the Tigers during the season after playing two games with the team in April.
Hill had an impressive month as he hit .308 in six games with three RBI and four stolen bases.
He faced a minor setback in June as he suffered an injury during a game after making an outstanding catch in center field.
He suffered a right shoulder sprain as he collided with the wall when he made the catch. Hill was put on the 10-day injured list on June 10th.
The Tigers had a decision to make when Hill came off the injured list. Hill was sent back down to Triple-A and it wasn’t an easy decision for the Tigers to make.
“I’m not sure if it’s the best fit, it’s just the decision that we made,” Hinch said about the decision to send Hill back down to Triple-A. “We have to make decisions in real-time, and the outfield is really crowded.”
For Hill, the decision did not affect him at all because he knows that at the end of the day, wherever he’s playing, he’s going to give max effort and the plan is the same.
“There’s always a plan,” he said. “I just keep my head down and work as hard as I can.”
“I didn’t have any expectations going into it,” Hill said about being sent back down to Triple-A. “I’ve learned to just keep an open mind. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever team I’m on, I’m going to try my best to help that team win. And that’s all I can do.”
Now Hill is back on the Tigers’ roster and he’s going to continue to do what he does best.
There’s a reason why Detroit keeps bringing him back up to the majors and hopefully this time, they won’t have to send him back down.
The Detroit Tigers have a talented young player by the name of Daz Cameron. The 24-year-old has been raising some eyebrows recently with his impressive stat line.
Cameron has had success at the plate as he is currently riding a five-game hitting streak after his 1-for-3 performance against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 23rd. During his hitting streak, he is batting .350 with two home runs and six RBI.
Our MLBbro has not been with the Tigers long this season, but his presence has been felt on multiple levels. Through nine games, he’s posting a .242 batting average with three stolen bases, and eight RBI.
And peep this, he made his MLB debut with the Tigers during the 2020 season. He appeared in 17 games and did not hit a home run. Fast forward to this season and he’s already got three jacks in nine games. So there is some pop in the 6-foot-2 185-pound frame of Cameron.
Now that’s how you make a name for yourself right there. Cameron had a big performance on June 20th against the Los Angeles Angels. With the game tied going into extra innings, the Tigers needed a clutch at-bat and Cameron was the man that came through.
He hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to propel the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Angels on Father’s Day. What made it even better was that his father, former 17-year major league veteran Mike Cameron, was in attendance the entire series.
“That was definitely something that I will never forget,” Daz Cameron told The Detroit News. “I was glad to see my family here.”
This brother was on fire the entire series against the Angels. The game before he came through in a big way, he went 2-for-4 with a home run at the plate.
You know nothing too shabby right? Just another day at the office for Cameron. It has not taken him long to adapt and perform.
Watching him play, you can see that he was made for these moments. He does not shy away from the spotlight and he’s as calm as they come.
With how he’s been playing lately, there’s no question the Tigers have to find a way to keep him in the lineup. A defining moment for Cameron came in his second game of the 2021 season. That’s when he hit his first home run off his career.
And he did it off one of the top relievers in the game, Chicago White Sox’s Liam Hendricks.
“I was just looking to be ready to hit,” Cameron told mlive.com. “He throws hard and his fastball runs a little bit. I just wanted to be sure I got on top of it.”
“It felt good coming off the bat. I squared it up good and when I saw it fly, I knew it had a chance to go out.”
After ten seasons of professional ball, 2,300 at-bats in the Minor Leagues, three organizations, and independent ball, outfielder Dillon Thomas finally got the call that the Seattle Mariners were picking up his contract from Triple-A Tacoma ahead of Tuesday’s matchup vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Thomas didn’t waste any time flashing the stellar defense that he’s displayed throughout his decade in the minors, robbing MLBbro Niko Goodrum of a potential extra base hit in his Big league debut on Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old was filled with emotions as he described his big-league call-up to the media, prior to the game.
He told reporters, “My daughter was playing with her Barbies on the hotel floor, and I just looked at her and a wave of emotions came over me. My girlfriend woke up as she heard me on the phone. I looked at her, we both started crying, and my daughter came up to me and asked, ‘Daddy, what’s wrong?’ I was like ‘daddies going to the big leagues,’ and she got excited and said, ‘Daddy’s a big leaguer.'”
Holding back tears, he added, “My parents were the first call. That’s a moment I thought about for years, and I wanted to share that moment with them. To have them and all my family here is truly a blessing, and I am grateful for the opportunity.”
He played with that same passion in his debut as he manned the Mariners outfield with fellow MLB bro Taylor Trammell.
Before the life-changing call-up, Thomas was raking.
In 80 at-bats, Thomas accounted for 19 runs batted in, six homers, five doubles, and four bases on balls to average .338 with a .459 on-base percentage, a .625 slugging percentage, and an OPS of 1.084 with the Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers.
Dillon Thomas got the call to play for the Mariners after 10 seasons and over 2,300 AB in the minors!
Thomas was selected in the fourth round (138th overall) by the Colorado Rockies during the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Westbury Christian School (TX), where he spent six seasons in the team’s farm system.
The super athlete had stints with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2018-2019 season and the Oakland Athletics during the pandemic shortened season before ultimately signing with the Mariners as a minor league free agent on January 14.
How bad do you want it? How long will you follow the rainbow before you reach that pot of gold?
During this long and arduous journey, Thomas’s dedication, hard work, patience, and sacrifices proved that his hunger for greatness was more potent than the negativity he received from all the naysayers who told him to give up on his dreams.
The man is living proof of the saying “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.”
Wednesday night was a great start. Everyone should embrace this Black Knight’s story.