#HighFive | Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 19)

#HighFive | Top 5 Black & Brown Players (Week 19)

Triston McKenzie was on another level this past Sunday as he was just fingertips away from making history.

He almost threw the first perfect game Major League Baseball has seen in nine years.

The last one was tossed by Mariners Cy Young ace Felix Hernadez, who threw one against the Tampa Bay Rays.

That earns him the top spot in Week 19 of our #HighFive list.

 

1. Triston McKenzie

 

We have known since last season that Cleveland Guardians pitcher Triston McKenzie can be one of the most electric pitchers in the Majors when he’s on, and last Sunday he showed the Detroit Tigers exactly that.

McKenzie pitched a career high eight innings, allowing just a single hit and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts as he vibed out on the Motor City mound.

“He was so chill, so under control, so confident, I loved it,” said Guardians catcher Austin Hedges when speaking on McKenzie’s demeanor on the mound.

 

McKenzie has been sent up and down from Triple A multiple times this season; he never truly got the time to get reps in the Minors as he has been forced to learn on the fly due to injuries in the rotation.

After a few good starts leading up to his near bid at perfection, it seems he may have finally turned a corner.

McKenzie will look to build off his effort during his next start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

2. Aaron Judge

It may finally be time to say it, the Yankees are back, and their resurgence has a lot to do with the play of their All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge.

 

Aaron Judge Is A Legit MVP Candidate | Don’t Sleep !

Judge batted .400 this week with a .900 slugging percentage, nine RBI, nine walks, six runs, three stolen bases and three home runs including two in the great state of Iowa.

 

Had it not been for Tim Anderson’s heroics in the ninth inning of the “Field of Dreams” game, the sports world would have woken up to headlines of Aaron Judge being the biggest name in baseball.

Judge has seen his Yankees climb back into the thick of the playoff race over the last few weeks as they have won 10 of their last 11 series including taking two out of three against the White Sox and then sweeping their rivals, the Red Sox to begin the week.

 

Home Boi Highlights | Aaron Judge

This weekend Judge and the Yankees will welcome the Minnesota Twins to the Bronx.

 

3. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is Prime Time.  He should be the face of baseball, and proved so after hitting the first ever walk-off home run in the great state of Iowa.

 

Anderson has recorded hits in nine consecutive games, including five multi-hit performances leading him to reach the seven spot in the race for the American League batting title.

 

Over his last seven games, Anderson has a batting average of .303 with five RBI, four runs, a stolen base and a homer.

 

Anderson and his White Sox will be tested this weekend as they take on last year’s American League champions, the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

4. Giancarlo Stanton

 

The other half of the Yankees Twin Tower of Power, Giancarlo Stanton has done his part to rally the Yankees back into contention and takes the fourth spot on this weeks #HighFive List.

 

Stanton got in the mix as he hit one of four MLBbro home runs during the “Field of Dreams” game last Thursday.

His two-run blast gave the Yankees a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning.

That was until of course T.A. stepped to the plate.

 

Over his last 15 games, Stanton is batting .333 with three home runs and 12 RBI while also drawing eight walks.

 

5. Jazz Chisolhm Jr.

 

Baseball is better when Jazz Chisholm is healthy, batting leadoff and playing in the field for the Miami Marlins.

 

Chisholm is among the first-ever Bahamian born players to grace the Majors and a fully healthy season might have been good enough for Jazz to win the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

During both Sunday and Monday’s games in Miami, Jazz hit home runs to the upper deck of the park.

Sunday’s shot gave the Marlins a one-run lead in the late innings.

Jazz and his Marlins will take on Amir Garrett and the playoff hopeful Cincinnati Reds for a four-game series this weekend.

MLBbro On The Mend | Jazz “The Bahamian Blur” Chisolm Will Soon Return To Action

MLBbro On The Mend | Jazz “The Bahamian Blur” Chisolm Will Soon Return To Action

Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm took live at-bats Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida, for the teams’ Triple-A affiliate. 

 

 

 

An exact timetable for Chisholm’s return is unknown, but all reports speculate that the speedster could be back from the 10-day Injury List as early as Friday when the Marlins start their homestand vs. the New York Yankees.

 

The Marlins placed Chisholm on the IL on July 19 after the shortstop suffered what looked to be a severe shoulder injury after attempting to make a miraculous play on a Bryce Harper bloop single out in rightfield during a July 18 matchup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 

The team and the fan base should be elated by how confident Chisholm regards his injury, as all signs pointed to something more severe as he laid motionless while waiting to be attended to by the teams’ medical staff.

He told the Miami Herald about the injury, “It could have been way worse than it was, easily. The doctor said, especially if I had hit the ground a little bit harder, and that could have been it for the season.”

While taking ground balls last week, Chisholm rejoiced at how he feels like he is ready to get back out on the field as soon as the team doctors clear him to return.

Expectations are for Chisholm to continue rehabbing until July 29, during the teams’ off-day ahead of their homestead, as mentioned earlier.

 

 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Chisholm’s speedy recovery is encouraging, especially since he showed so much motion only days after the initial injury. 

He told the Miami Herald, “We will see what the trainers say, but him being out there is very encouraging. I know he is excited.”

Mattingly added, “he stopped by my office on the way in. It is good that he is healing quick, but I am sure we will be careful and let medical dictate when he is ready.”

Being on the injury list is nothing new for the bohemian blur who earlier in the season missed 16 games after he suffered a left hamstring strain in early May.

 

He also missed a few games in late May with a right ankle sprain and some foot discomfort in early June after taking an unavoidable pitch off his right foot.

 

 

As the team continues its search for a spark down the stretch, Mattingly told MLB.com that Chisholm could skip the recommended rehab assignments and continue taking BPs as preparation for reinstatement by July 30. 

Mattingly referenced that a few live pitches could be enough to get him back up to speed as the team is hopeful for reinstatement when he first becomes available Friday.

 

Through 263 at-bats, Chisholm will return to a .251 batting average with 38 runs scored, 34 RBI, 11 bases on balls, and 11 home runs which is a breath of fresh air for a struggling Marlins team who are last in National League East and losers of 10 out of their previous 14 games.

Listen up for the sweet sounds of the Jazzman as he should be Grazing In The Grass-like Hugh Masekela in a nightcap Friday evening against the Bronx Bombers at loanDepot park. First pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m.

 

Turnt Up 10 | Top Black & Brown Bros Through First Half Of  2021 MLB Season

Turnt Up 10 | Top Black & Brown Bros Through First Half Of 2021 MLB Season

The people better recognize, these Bros have game.

They have shined as some of the brightest stars in the Majors this season and we are ready to see what they do in the grueling second half chase.

Here’s our “Turnt Up 10” consisting of the top MLBbros through the first half of the 2021 season.

 

1.Cedric Mullins


CM STORM gets the MVP belt for the Bros after his first half performance.

The 2021 starter in center field for the American League is one of three players in the Majors to lead his team in batting average, home runs and stolen bases this season.

The other two being Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr.

 


Mullins, the American League leader in hits, proved he belonged among the game’s elite when he got on base and scored a run to help the American League win the All-Star Game.

 

2. Marcus Semien

 

This season Marcus Semien has not only proven he is one of the best hitters in the game, but also that he is one of the most versatile.

 

 

Last season he played a damn good shortstop for the Oakland A’s but made the move to second when he got to the Blue Jays.

That paid off well for May’s American League Player of the Month.

Semien will be paid well when he negotiates his next contract during the offseason.

Semien was named the American League starter at second base after posting a .277 batting average with 22 home runs, 56 RBI, an .873 OPS and 10 steals.


3. Black Knights Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman


The Met’s have the fourth-lowest earned runs average in the Majors and two of the main reasons for that are their Melanated Mound Marauders (Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker). 

Stroman has always been a beast on the mound and is one of the most entertaining and agitating pitchers in baseball.

 


This year he has a 2.75 ERA and 83 strikeouts while Walker has been the best free agent acquisition.

He has the 11th lowest ERA in baseball and was selected to the National League All-Star team.

 

Taijuan Walker’s New York Mets Move Was Golden

 

4. Aaron Judge


Judge has put the city of New York on his back this season in an effort to keep them in contention.

He started his third All-Star Game this year and his 21 home runs have him just outside of the league’s Top 10.

Judge will have to do even more for the Yankees to have any legitimate chance at winning a 29th championship.

 

MLBbro All-Star 2021 Coverage | All Rise For Aaron Judge

 

5. Michael Brantley


Michael Brantley is as professional a hitter as you will see in baseball. 

 

He is second in the American League in batting average and swatted  .410 with 15 RBI and a .566 Slugging Percentage for the month of June.

He was named an All-Star but did not make the trip to Denver.

 

6. Tim Anderson

It feels good to call Tim Anderson, who is one of the faces of baseball, an All-Star.

At first, he was left off of the All-Star list, but then went crazy at the plate over his last seven games hitting .484 with 11 runs and four RBI.

Anderson currently has hits in 12 straight games.

 

MLBbro All-Star 2021 Coverage | Tim Anderson

 

7. J.P. Crawford

 

 

Last season’s American League Gold Glove shortstop made his bat come alive in 2021.  He was the biggest All-Star snub this season as he posted a first half statline including 92 hits, 31 RBI, 46 runs a .279 average and a 1.4 Defensive WAR which is the highest in all of baseball.

 

8. Mookie Betts


Despite not putting up his typical MVP type numbers, Mookie Betts was named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.

However he decided to skip the game in order to rest up for an attempt at winning back-to-back World Series.

 


Betts is fifth in the league in runs scored and has an .839 OPS.


9. Jazz Chisholm


Jazz is the first Bahamian player in the Majors and a perfect representation of black culture in baseball. 

 


The Bahamian Blur’s swag is unmatched and he is one of 
the electrifying newbies in the game with speed, power and multi-colored hair choices.

Chisholm would have easily been in Denver for the All-Star Game if not for injuries. He’s batting .257 while slugging 11 home runs and stealing 11 bags.

 

10. Giancarlo Stanton


Stanton still has one of the most powerful swings in baseball and has hit some of the hardest home runs this season.

He has 42 RBI, 15 home runs and a .270 batting average entering the second half of the season.


The Yankees other “Tower of Power”rounds out our list of the Top 10 Black and brown MLB players so far in 2021.