MLBbros Enhance All-Star Game | It’s Better With Melanin

MLBbros Enhance All-Star Game | It’s Better With Melanin

Three of the best hitters in baseball will be representing MLBbro Nation after being selected as All-Star Reserves Sunday.  Michael Brantley, Cedric CM Storm Mullins and Mookie Betts are making the trip to the Mile High City after being voted on by their fellow coaches and peers.

 Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the lone Bro representing the National League All-Star team.  Although his numbers aren’t the eye-popping MVP caliber we have gotten used to seeing from him, he is still the best Bro in the game.  Betts missed time after being hit in the arm with a pitch but has been finding more success at the plate lately.  He has 10 home runs, 31 RBI, a .247 Batting Average and is fifth in the National League with 21 doubles.  

 

 

Betts has been getting on base and scoring runs, which sounds simple but is one of the most underrated skills in the sport: If you do not score, you cannot win.  He’s scored 49 runs and has a .358 On Base Percentage.

 

 

Michael Brantley

“The Professional” swung the hottest bat in baseball during the month of June and makes his fifth All-Star game.  After spending time on the Injured List, he clawed his way to the top of the Majors in batting average after hitting .410 with 15 RBI, eight doubles and 34 hits for the month.  That puts him at .340 for the year, which after Sunday has him .1 ahead of the Reds’ Nick Castellanos, who appears to be his biggest threat to the batting championship.

 

Cedric Mullins

Cedric “CM” Storm Mullins is the best story in baseball, and it is great to see him get the proper recognition he deserves after being selected as an All-Star.  He is the lone member of the Orioles to make the All-Star team and is the first Baltimore outfielder to make the team since Adam Jones in 2015.  

Mullins became the hit leader in the American League with 101 after going 2-2 in Sunday’s game against the Angeles, including a go-ahead RBI pinch-hit single and then following that with a go-ahead solo home run in the 9th.

 

 

Mullins’ 3.7 WAR ranks in the top 15 in all of baseball and his .932 OPS is the highest among American League outfielders, as are his 15 stolen bases. 

Mullins is batting .318 with 15 home runs, 32 RBI and has scored 47 runs this season.  It is possible that he moves into a starting role as Mike Trout is expecting to miss the game with injury. 

Betts, Brantley and Mullins will join Aaron Judge and Marcus Semien to make five total MLBBros in the All-Star game, which is one more total than in 2019.

The game will take place in Denver on June 13th on FOX.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 12)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 12)

The MLBbros decided to turn Week 12 of the season into a seven-day Home Run Derby.  They hit a pair of grand slams while mixing in a few game-winning homers in between.

Michael Brantley, however, takes the top spot on our High Five list after batting .500 during the Houston Astros’ current 10-game winning streak and taking the top spot in the race for baseball’s batting title.

 

1.Michael Brantley

If the season ended today, Michael Brantley would take home Major League Baseball’s batting championship, and right now it’s not even close.  His .356 average is .16 higher than the closest player.

On June 8, he returned to play after missing time with an injury and he’s lived up to his nickname, “The Professional” at the plate since. 

In his last seven games, he is batting .400 with a.500 OBP, 12 hits, nine RBI, six runs and three walks.

 

 

Brantley has been the main catalyst in the resurgence of Dusty Baker’s Astros this season.  During their four-game sweep of Tim Anderson and the White Sox last weekend, Brantley was 5-for-16 with six RBI, a double, triple and a three-run home run.

 

 

Brantley is also the American League leader in doubles and heads to the Motor City this weekend for a four-game set against the Tigers.

2. Tony Kemp

 

Tony Kemp played a lot bigger than his 5-foot-6 frame this week, earning the second spot on our High Five list.

In 35 games since May 8, when Kemp was hitting .190, he is 34-for-95 with a .358 batting average.  He has seven doubles, two triples and four home runs in that span.

Two of those homers came last weekend in the Bronx.  In the sixth inning of Friday night’s game, he hit what would end up being a game-winning three-run home run.  He would then follow up with a first-inning shot the next day.

 

 

He has hits in seven of his last eight games and has worked him into an everyday spot in a dangerous Athletics lineup. 

 

 

This weekend, he takes on the first-place San Francisco Giants in a battle for the Bay Area.

3. Shed Long Jr.


Two game-winning home runs have Mariners’ second baseman Shed Long Jr. in the third spot on our High Five list.  It’s going to be hard to find someone who gave a better Father’s Day gift than Shed did.

His first home run of the season came by way of a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

He proved lighting strikes twice on Tuesday when he launched a game-winning solo home run in the 8th inning against the Colorado Rockies.

 

 

Long has eight RBI in his last seven games with a .609 Slugging Percentage.  Injuries have played a major role in the Mariners’ season, including to Shed but he’s getting playing time now and making the most of it.  Seattle will have a fun matchup this weekend as they play on the South Side of Chicago.

4. Cedric Mullins

 

I may never watch baseball again if Cedric Mullins is not an All-Star this season.  He’s been doing everything he can to climb up the top of the fan vote, but with a few outfielders currently sidelined with injury, he could easily find himself starting the game in center.

In a weekend series against May’s American League Player of the Month Marcus Semien and the Blue Jays,  Mullins added to his legend in the Charm City.  He hit four home runs and had six RBI in a two-day span.

 

 

This month, Cedric is 26-for-73 with a .356 batting average, five doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI.  He now sits ninth in the Majors in batting average.  His O’s will get their shot at revenge against Semien and the Blue Jays after they lost last weekend’s series.

 

5. J.P. Crawford

 

The Gold Glover takes the five spot on this week’s #HighFive list, but it has everything to do with his performance at the plate.

Last week, he was named our Home Boi Highlight after riding an eight-game hitting streaking with a .351 average with seven RBI, six runs and two home runs including a grand slam Saturday night in the Mariners Seattle Steelhead Negro League throwback jerseys.

 

 

Crawford’s hitting streak reached 10 games after going 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday night.  During that span, he has four multi-hit games and eight runs batted in.  All signs are beginning to point to him being named the Mariners’ representative for this year’s All-Star game in Denver.

 

 

Last year’s Gold Glove award winner at shortstop deserves his shine and his chance to showcase his talents on one of the biggest stages in baseball.

This weekend’s Mariners vs. White Sox matchup will feature two of the most exciting shortstops in the game, J.P. and former batting champion Tim Anderson who just celebrated his 28th birthday on June 23.

Michael Brantley’s In A Class By Himself | ‘The Professional’ Masters The Art Of Hitting

Michael Brantley’s In A Class By Himself | ‘The Professional’ Masters The Art Of Hitting

Michael Brantley has brought the juice to the Houston offense since returning from a hamstring injury on June 8th.  He now leads all of Major League Baseball in batting average and his Astros sit in first place in the American League after winning nine of their last 10 games.

 

Brantley left for the Injured List and returned as a man possessed.  Entering Tuesday night’s game Brantley is 24-for-47 with a .511 batting average, seven doubles, 14 RBI, 11 runs, six walks, a triple and a home run in 12 games this month, catapulting him to first place in the Majors with a .350 batting average.

 

 

It’s no surprise to us that Brantley, or as we call him, “The Professional, ” is getting the job done at the plate.  He has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball throughout his 13-year career.  Brantley is a career .299 batter and has been to four All-Star Games.  This season Brantley is leading the American League with 21 doubles and his .350 average is .10 higher than second place in baseball.

 

 

Brantley’s play over this past weekend against Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox put the entire league on notice. The Astros broke out the brooms at home as they swept their four-game set.  Michael got the party in H-Town started Thursday night with a three-run home run in the first inning.  He finished the series hitting 5-for-16 with six RBI, three runs, a double, triple and that three-run shot.

 

 

Since his June 8th return from the Injured List, Brantley has eight multi-hit games and four games with multiple runs batted in, all while his Astros have a record of 11-2.  They have the best record in the American League and are two games behind the San Francisco Giants for the best record in baseball.

Brantley was a member of the 2019 Astros team that reached the World Series but lost in seven games to the Washington Nationals and former MLBbro World Series MVP Howie Kendrick.  He, along with manager Dusty Baker have some postseason demons they must deal with.  A championship ring for both this season would solidify their careers and put some much-needed respect on their names.

 

 

The Astros and Brantley are in Charm City Baltimore for a series against All-Star starter hopeful CM Storm Cedric Mullins and the Orioles. 

MLBbro All-Star Voting Update

MLBbro All-Star Voting Update

By Jaelen Ogadhoh  |  MLBbro.com Intern

 

The 91st Midsummer Classic is less than a month away, and many of this season’s top-performing MLBbros are raking in the fan votes.

Ballots for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game opened on June 3, allowing fans to vote their favorite players into starting positions for the American League and National League rosters. The remaining roster spots are chosen by players and the Commissioner’s Office.

Phase one of voting closes Thursday, June 24, when the top vote-getters in each league (top nine outfielders, top three in all other positions) advance to the second and final voting phase which lasts from Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1.

The game will be held Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado after being moved out of Atlanta, Georgia due to a recently passed law that could restrict voting access for people of color.

 

Here are the MLBbros currently with the most fan votes (As of June 16, 2021):

 

1.Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays: 561,326 votes

 

The stud second baseman looks to earn his first all-star nod in his first season with the Blue Jays. Through 65 games played in 2021, Semien is slashing .290/.358/.519 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 37 RBI, and nine steals. He leads all AL second basemen in all-star votes, With his 561,326 votes comprising 34% of total votes at the position.

 

2. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 538,448 votes

 

One of three MLBbros in the top nine vote-getters among AL outfielders, Judge is having a phenomenal bounce-back year after spending most of the 2020 season on the injured list. Through 62 games, he has compiled a slash line of .283/.381/.520 with 15 home runs, 36 runs, and 35 RBI. He is the second leading vote-getter at his position, with his 538,448 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL outfielders.

 

3. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: 400,202 votes

 

Widely considered to be one of the best players in all of baseball, Betts continues his dominance in 2021 after helping the Dodgers win the World Series and finishing second in NL MVP voting in 2020. The star outfielder is currently slashing .258/.371/.462 with eight home runs, 40 runs, 25 RBI, and six steals through 57 games. He is the fourth leading vote-getter among NL outfielders, with his 400,202 votes comprising 8% of the total vote at the position.

 

4. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins: 383,178 votes

 

Despite working through a hip injury that has sidelined Buxton for over a month, the Twins’ star outfielder is still getting the respect he deserves from fans after putting up MVP-caliber numbers to begin the season. In 24 games played, Buxton is slashing .370/.408/.772 with nine home runs, 19 runs, 17 RBI, and five steals. He currently sits at third among all AL outfielders in all-star votes with 383,178, making up 8% of all votes at the position.

 

5. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox: 177,320 votes

 

The star shortstop has been incredible all year as he looks to earn his first all-star nod. Through 53 games, Anderson has compiled a slash line of .311/.350/.443 with six home runs, 39 runs, 25 RBI, and 13 steals. He is the third leading vote-getter at his position, with his 177,320 votes making up 11% of the total vote among AL shortstops.

 

6. Michael Brantley, Houston Astros: 166,298 votes

 

The 13-year vet just seems to get better with age. After missing the all-star game in his first five seasons in the majors, he’s appeared in every all-star game played since 2017 and plans to return this season. Through 47 games, he is slashing .340/.383/.497 with three home runs, 30 runs, and 21 RBI. He sits at ninth in votes among all AL outfielders with 166,298, comprising 3% of the total vote al the position.