Commissioner Robert Manfred, Masyn Winn, Jordan Hicks and MLB Legends Unveil MLB Together Legacy With A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club In Birmingham

Commissioner Robert Manfred, Masyn Winn, Jordan Hicks and MLB Legends Unveil MLB Together Legacy With A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club In Birmingham

MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was joined by Masyn Winn and Kyle Gibson from the St. Louis Cardinals and Jordan Hicks from the San Francisco Giants, along with a host of other MLB Legends, as they unveiled the MLB Together Legacy of a new Freight Farms hydroponic farm for the kids to grow vegetables that will be used at the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club as well as donated to the local community in need.

The event took place on June 20th as part of the celebration of the Negro Leagues at Rickwood Field game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Francisco Giants. Also, as part of the celebration of the life of MLBbro legend Willie Mays who passed away on June 18th.

 

Who Was In Attendance? 

 

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

April Brown – Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Major League Baseball

Larry Baer – President & Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Giants

Stacy Blackmon – Vice President of Metro Services, Director of Organizational Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Michael Hall – Vice President, Community Relations, St. Louis Cardinals; Executive Director, Cardinals Care

Jordan Hicks – San Francisco Giants pitcher

 

Masyn Winn – St. Louis Cardinals shortstop

Kyle Gibson – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher

Oli Marmol – St. Louis Cardinals manager

Randy Winn & Jeffrey Leonard – Giants Alumni

Xavier Scruggs – Cardinals alumnus

CC Sabathia – Special Assistant to the Commissioner; Six-time MLB All-Star; A.L. Cy Young Award Winner; World Series Champion; Bay Area native

Albert Pujols – Special Assistant to the Commissioner; 11-time MLB All-Star; N.L. Rookie of the Year; Three-time N.L. MVP; Two-time World Series Champion

Ryan Howard – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Three-time MLB All-Star; N.L. Rookie of the Year; N.L. MVP; World Series Champion; St. Louis native

Jimmy Rollins – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Three-time MLB All-Star; N.L. MVP; World Series Champion; Bay Area native

Dexter Fowler – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; 2016 MLB All-Star World Series Champion; Cardinals outfielder (2017-2020)

Adam Jones – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Five-time MLB All-Star

Justin Upton – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Four-time MLB All-Star

Michael Bourn – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Two-time MLB All-Star

Chris Young – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; 2010 MLB All-Star; MLB Network analyst

LaTroy Hawkins – Commissioner’s Ambassador Program; Giants pitcher (2005)

 

 

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

#HIGH FIVE | These Are The Bros Who Were Gettin It Done This Week

Hunter Greene has been stacking great starts together for over a month and it is about time the league started taking notice. He dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers for a second straight start last Saturday to lower his ERA to 1.95 in his last six games, earning him the top spot on Week 9 of our #HighFive List.

 

1. Hunter Greene “Machine”

Hunter Greene is showing signs of why he was the second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
He appeared to turn a corner after his outing in late April against the defending champion Texas Rangers.
Since then, in a span lasting over his last six starts, Greene is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Birth Of An Ace | Hunter Greene Is 3-0 With A 1.95 ERA In His Last Six Starts

Greene gave up one run on five hits and a walk Saturday night against the Dodgers to secure the Reds their first series win since their April 21st matchup against the Angels. He is making a great case for himself to be invited to Arlington, Texas for Major League Baseball’s 94th All-Star Game, posting a 3.06 ERA with 71 strikeouts on the year. The next time Greene takes the mound will be in the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

 

2. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman was one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League during the month of May, posting a 1.76 ERA in 30.1 innings ahead of his final start of the month tonight in San Francisco.

 

 

Stroman picked up the win last Saturday in San Diego after throwing six shutout innings of three-hit baseball, adding five strikeouts. That improved his record to 4-2 while lowering his season ERA to 2.76 after 11 starts. Stroman has given up just one earned run in his last three starts, spanning 19.1 innings.

 

3. Aaron Judge

Although pitching takes center stage on our #HighFive this week, Aaron Judge still earned himself his usual spot after being given the honor of being named as MLBbro.com Homeboi Highlights.

 

When Aaron Judge Gets Hot He’s As Dominant As Any MLB Player To Ever Do It

The Yankees took off as a team during May in large part due to Judge’s success. He slashed .364/.491/.875 with 11 home runs, 21 RBI, 22 walks and 21 doubles this month. “We are just watching greatness,” teammate Marcus Stroman told reporters last weekend when asked about Judge.

“Sometimes you can take it for granted to be honest, but like I said this is something that I will be sitting with my grandkids and telling them about.”

 

4. Jordan Hicks

 

Jordan Hicks continues to shine in his first season as a full-time starter. Out of the 11 games he started this year, all but one have been quality starts and he has not given up more than three earned in any of them. In his start last weekend against the Mets he struck out eight in five innings and only allowed one earned on just one hit and two walks to lower his ERA to 2.33 after 58 innings.

Jordan Hicks Donates $220K Of Salary To Giants Community Fund

Tonight, he will take the mound against the New York Yankees where he will face off against fellow #HighFive member Aaron Judge.

 

5. Mookie Betts

The best all-around player in the Majors takes the final spot on our Week 9 #HighFive list. Mookie Betts had his modest six-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday after an 0-for-4 showing at the plate but still put up some impressive numbers over his last seven games.

He hit .345 with a .406 On Base Percentage out of his normal leadoff spot and still is near the top of the National League leaderboard for most offensive categories including OPS, hits, doubles, slugging percentage, OPS and runs scored. This weekend Betts’ Dodgers will welcome a Colorado Rockies team to town that has won 12 of their last 19 games.

#HIGHFIVE (Week 5) | Four MLBbro Pitchers Dominated This Week

#HIGHFIVE (Week 5) | Four MLBbro Pitchers Dominated This Week

Hunter Greene’s dominance in Arlington this past weekend earns him the top spot on Week 5 of our #HighFive List.  He registered his first win of the season with a one-hit, seven-inning shutout over the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers to headline a week that was filled with lights out pitching performances from four MLBbros.

 

1. Hunter Greene “Machine”

The Reds are a sleeper team I think can make a similar run to what the Diamondbacks did last year, the only difference being Cincinnati having more depth in their starting rotation.

 

A healthy and locked in Hunter Greene is what is going to get them on that level and I had a front row seat Saturday afternoon to what he can do when he is in his zone.

 

He threw seven shutout innings allowing just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts.

 

 

“Coming in I just wanted to attack,” Green told MLBbro.com

 

“That is a good lineup with guys who know how to play the game, but it was fun.  My teammates behind me made some really great plays and I felt good on the mound, so I am glad we got it done.

 

His next start will come Friday night against Cedric “The Entertainer” Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles.

 

2. “Black Jack” Flaherty

Jack Flaherty got revenge against his former team in the greatest way possible Tuesday afternoon with a career-high 14 strikeouts in 6.2 innings while only allowing two hits and surrendering one walk.

 

Flaherty began the game by striking out seven consecutive hitters which tied an American League record.

 

He is still looking for his first win of the season, but after bringing his strikeout total up to 50, he now leads the American League in that category and is just a few off of the Major League lead.

 

 

Flaherty’s next chance to add to his total will come next Monday night in Cleveland when the Tigers take on Josh Naylor and the Guardians.

 

3. Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts makes his fourth #HighFive appearance in five weeks and is the only position player to make the cut this time around.

 

 

He has been the undisputed best hitter on the planet; leading the Majors in nearly every offensive category and posting a slashing line of .377/.418/1.104 with 25 RBI, six home runs, 29 runs scored and eight steals.

 

 

Betts was given the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Homeboi Highlights for his eight-game hitting streak that came to an end on Monday.

 

4. Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks has been the best free agent pitching addition from this off-season after lowering his ERA to 1.59 thanks to start last Saturday against the Pirates.

 

San Francisco Saw Greatness In Jordan Hicks When Everyone Else Saw Risk

 

Hicks, who is in his first year as a full-time starter, struck out a season-high nine batters in six innings and only allowed one run on five hits with no walks.

 

His next start will come Friday night on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

5. Triston McKenzie “Dr. Stixx”

Triston McKenzie rounds out the #HighFive this week after a solid start in Houston against the Astros.

 

McKenzie threw a season-high seven innings and struck out six while giving up just two earned runs in a pitchers duel against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander

 

 

“I was a lot more competitive,” McKenzie told reporters after the game.

“It was something I was trying to work through in my first four starts, but it was big for me to give the team a chance to win.”

 

McKenzie now has at least six strikeouts in his last three starts.  He will look to extend that streak to four when he takes the mound Monday in a divisional matchup against the Tigers.