MLBbro Adam Jones Explains Why Fans Can’t Hate On Manny Machado For Opting Out Of Deal With Padres

MLBbro Adam Jones Explains Why Fans Can’t Hate On Manny Machado For Opting Out Of Deal With Padres

As the WBC rolls around former MLBbro All-Star centerfielder Adam Jones‘ name makes its way back into the baseball conscience. Jones’ incredible catch, robbing Manny Machado of a sure homer, with the US leading DR 4-2 in the seventh inning of the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

 

 

Jones’ all-time great catch stole the momentum back from the tournament favorite enroute to a championship game demolition of Puerto Rico (8-0) to capture Team USA’s first WBC title.

Recently, Jones, who has no problem breaking baseball down like a James Brown bridge for anyone who craves it, offered his thoughts on the mixed emotions towards San Diego Padres star Manny Machado, who has opted out of his contract and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Of course, Padres fans don’t want a player of his ilk to leave, right when the franchise is starting to blossom again. But Jones is a starch defender of players rights as evidenced by his influential role in MLB’s Player’s Alliance.

Jones responded to a Tweet about Manny Machado’s appearance on 97.3 The Fan, where the six-time discussed the tough decision of opting out.

“It’s obviously a hard decision for me and my family, but it’s not about myself or anything. Some people might say, ‘He just wants the money.’ No, we love San Diego. We have a home there. We love this organization, we love the way things have been moving around here, and going in the right direction.

“But at the end of the day, sometimes business is business. And I think it wouldn’t be in my interest if I — you know, the market has changed in five years. In one year it’s changed. You see it in life, you see it in the real world. Let’s take away baseball. The price of eggs is how much? It’s just life. Things change, a lot of things change. Ultimately, the markets change, right?”

Adam Jones Defends Manny Machado Decision To Opt Out

Jones, who amassed more than $100M in salary during his career came to Machado’s defense.

When it comes to Machado opting out, Jones, who had over 160 hits seven times and was once a veteran teammate of a younger (and brasher) Machado, Tweeted:

“As he should. He’s EARNED THE RIGHT. What don’t most get about this. It’s a business. And players have the same right as the owners to make the best BUSINESS DECISION FOR THEMSELVES.” 

 

 

Jones championing for Machado’s right to free enterprise started a conversation with many showing support for Machado’s decision for the same reasons Jones mentioned.

 

 

Jones was also referring to Machado’s love-hate relationship with the media and his early reputation as a cocky but incredibly talented and charismatic “villain of the game.” Machado was 19 when he crashed into MLB and brought all of his competitive spice and youthful exuberance with him. Now 30, he’s still trying to shake the reputation he’s developed among some fans and media in his early days.

As one Tweeter mentioned, “Manny is a superstar and his 10 for 300M deal that he signed five seasons ago, looks like a steal currently with the way the market is paying for MVP caliber superstars so why not, opt out and test it? I don’t get the hate. Me as a Orioles fan I’m more butt hurt my owner didn’t shell out the cash to keep “my guys.”

It’s Just Business: Fans Don’t Want To Hear That

The business of the move is totally understandable, however, that’s not going to make Padres fans feel any less scorned. Machado is only 29 and he’s already an 11-year veteran. He will break the 300-homer mark in the first half of the season, barring a super slow start. He currently sits at 283 and despite the loss of MLBBro slugger Josh Bell and rising star CJ Abrams, there are huge expectations in San Diego, especially with the first Spring Training for Juan Soto and return of Fernando Tatis.

Some fans understand the market, math and motive, but still question why Machado, who already secured a $300M contract in San Diego has to test the market instead of staying loyal to the fan base and continuing to strive for the first World Series title in franchise history. Build his lasting legacy in San Diego. Make that franchise’s hat and jersey the one he wears in Cooperstown, rather than Baltimore, where he spent the first 6.5 years of his career.

 

Like it or love it, Jones is a staunch advocate for player’s rights, especially the young Bros coming up the financial ladder. In case anyone was confused, Machado is exercising his, which is very important in a capitalistic business where the owners make 100 times more than the highest-paid player. Reassessing your market value is always a smart play and keeps you from becoming a pawn in the machine. The stars have to strike when the iron is hot. They not only have an obligation to their families, but to the market and how the players who drive the game, connect with the fans, create the interest and perform the feats, are valued in the overall business structure.

The Players Alliance Leaders Curtis Granderson & Edwin Jackson Promote Black Baseball In The Spirit Of Jackie Robinson

The Players Alliance Leaders Curtis Granderson & Edwin Jackson Promote Black Baseball In The Spirit Of Jackie Robinson

“As the stark racial minority in all aspects of our game, The Players Alliance has given a voice and platform to our Black players, unified in our stance against systemic racism,” said Curtis Granderson, former MLB player and President of The Players Alliance. “We stand together for what is right and to change our game for the better. The power of our player membership, including our non-Black teammates, coupled with the support of MLB and the Players Association, gives us the unique ability to create increased opportunities for the Black communities we care so much about” — Curtis Granderson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Game Of Baseball Facilitated Curtis Granderson’s Impact Off The Field

The Game Of Baseball Facilitated Curtis Granderson’s Impact Off The Field

The name Curtis Granderson is synonymous with players know for leaving it all on the field. He made sure to give his best effort out there and he made a name for himself during his time in MLB.

Granderson spent 16 seasons in the league and played for seven different teams. When he got that opportunity he made the most of it and became a well-known player throughout the league.

 

 

The three-time All-Star could get the job done in the field and at the plate. Baseball had a positive impact on Granderson’s life and he’s able to make an impact on the community because of this sport.

This is one Black man who cares about the community and giving back and he’s been doing that since he was playing in the league.

In 2007, he founded the Grand Kids Foundation. He had a vision to help aid youth development through education, physical fitness, and other positive initiatives. Not only has he impacted communities in his home state of Illinois, but he has also made an impact in other areas of the country as well.

 

 

“We started this in Detroit, here we are 10 years later getting a chance to celebrate a lot of different things we’ve done. Helping kids get introduced to the game of baseball, feeding kids, getting kids active and emphasizing the importance of education,” Granderson said in an article from nydailynews.com. “We’ve done it in a lot of different places: Chicago, Michigan, Florida and New York, so it’s been really cool to have that reach and ability because of baseball and because of this community.”

 

For Granderson, it was more than just playing the game. He used his platform to impact many people across the country and that just shows the kind of person he is.

Granderson last played in 2019, and he continues to be involved in the game even though he hasn’t touched the field in two years. 

He serves as the president of The Players Alliance, a group made up of more than 100 former and current baseball players who come together to use their voice and platform to make new opportunities for Black communities in areas regarding baseball and society.

Granderson is not afraid to speak out on different topics or issues or take action. In July of 2020, the MLB and teams gave players the option of wearing a social message on their jersey for opening day, in the midst of everything that was going on in the world at the time.

 

Granderson and current MLB player Andrew McCutcheon were the two people in coordination with the league regarding that matter. So you can see that Granderson is passionate about the things he’s involved in and you just love to see it.

The Detroit Tigers drafted Granderson out of the University of Illinois-Chicago in the 2002 draft. During his time in Detroit, he established himself as one of the team’s top players.

During the 2007 season, he posted a .302 batting average, the first time he batted over .300 in his career.

 

 

In 2009, Granderson was selected to his first All-Star Game. He went on to finish the season with a .249 batting average and 30 home runs.

Batting in the leadoff spot, Granderson could change the game with one swing of a bat. He had power and speed, a deadly combination. 

After a successful career in Detroit, he went to the east coast to play with the New York Yankees and the Mets. 

Granderson had arguably his best season in 2011 with the Bronx Bombers. That season he was named an All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award. He batted .262 and hit 41 home runs. 

 

 

He went on to make one more All-Star team in 2012 with the Yankees. Granderson finished his career playing for the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Miami Marlins.

No matter what team he went to, he was always loved by fans. Baseball has had a positive impact on Granderson’s life and he continues to impact the lives of others daily.

A big shout out to our MLBbro Curtis Granderson.

Triston McKenzie Was Giving Off Those Ohtani Vibes

Triston McKenzie Was Giving Off Those Ohtani Vibes

Triston McKenzie came into the Red’s house, left the lights on, and didn’t bother cleaning up the dishes as he struck out 7 and recorded his first career hit in his start Saturday afternoon.

The Indians former top prospect got his second start of the year and was a nightmare for Reds hitters.  He finished with 7 strikeouts and only gave up 1 run through 5 innings in his team’s Saturday matinee against the Cincinnati Reds.  The only run he gave up came on a third-inning solo home run.

McKenzie would go on to overshadow that lonely blemish as he upped his strikeout total for the 3rd straight appearance. He has accounted for at least 5 strikeouts in every game. 

Six of McKenzie’s strikeouts came in the first 3 innings of the game; his biggest one coming with two outs and two runners on to escape a third-inning jam.

“Dr. Sticks’ ‘ as he was referred to by the Indians broadcast team surgically worked with his bat as well, on the way to recording the first hit of his major league career, singling to Right Field in the 4th inning off Sonny Gray.  

It has been a solid start to the 2021 season for McKenzie, coming off a successful rookie season in 2020.  He finished last year with a 2-1 record posting an impressive 3.24 ERA and striking out 42 batters in 8 games. 

This season we have seen the Indians struggle as a team at the plate, putting more pressure on McKenzie to grow up fast and become a shutdown starter… a slump buster…  especially with the team losing former Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, 

This week was a special one for the rest of the league and McKenzie as we celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.  Although McKenzie was not on the mound, his impact was still felt as he along with more than 200 members of the Player Alliance donated their game day salaries to the Jackie Robinson Scholarship Foundations.

Early on it’s looking like McKenzie is poised to power through a sophomore slump and be a major part of the Cleveland rotation.