#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 18)

Cedric Mullins continues to make history on the field as he joined seven Baltimore Orioles, including Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor and Paul Blair as members of the 20 home run 20 stolen base club

He has also been one of the hottest hitters on the planet as he has hits in 19 consecutive games after a three-hit performance in the finale of the Tigers series 

For that, he takes the top spot in Week 18 of our #High/Five list.


1. Cedric Mullins

The Orioles centerfielder would have a real shot an American League MVP award if he was on a winning team. 

Mullins was named as Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights pick after eclipsing the feat. 



Over his last seven games, Mullins has an average of .345 with two home runs, three RBI, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

“CM Storm” has climbed his way into the top four in the race for the Major League Baseball batting title, but Astros Michael Brantley still sits on top and has extended his lead over the past few days.



2. Lewis Brinson


Lewis Brinson was a topic of conversation on social media throughout the entire week, but what should be trending is how well he has played.

In Wednesday’s game against the Padres he showed Slam Diego fans they can hit the long ball in Miami too.

He hit two home runs, had three RBI and a walk in a Marlins victory.


During the 8th inning of Miami’s game against the Mets last Thursday, members of their broadcast team downplayed Brinson’s power and ability to bat out of the cleanup spot.

Well, as quickly as a SpongeBob “A few moments later” scene comes up, Brinson lined a two run double to the right field gap to ice the Marlins win. 



Brinson was 12-for-25 this week for a .480 average, three home runs, 10 RBI and three walks.  

His Marlins take on the Chicago Cubs in Sunny South Beach this weekend.


3. George Springer

It’s only been a few weeks since the Blue Jays began playing games in Toronto again, yet George Springer is already bigger than Drake in Canada; at least to the Rogers Centre faithful. 



Last week Springer had the top spot on our #High/Five list after earning his third career Player of the Week award, and even though he fell a few spots, he’s still raking since he came off the IL. 

Springer hit a go-ahead three run home run late in Sunday’s game to lift the Blue Jays over a Boston Red Sox team that they are battling neck-and-neck for a Wild Card spot. 



On Wednesday night, G Springs hit two home runs in Cali against the Angels, bringing his total to three on the week.

Over his last seven games Springer is batting .267 with nine runs and eight RBI. Look who’s making a late MVP run.


4. Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson has shown he is a Prime Time player this year, and that was exactly the case during Week 18. 



In addition to Major League Baseball’s “Field of Dreams” game Thursday which featured a matchup between the White Sox and the Yankees, the Sox had three total Prime time games this week. 

 Anderson homered on the first pitch of the first-ever Sunday Night Baseball game broadcasted live on ABC. 

Then, less than 24 hours later, T.A. played in a game broadcasted on ESPN against the Twins and would homer in the games first at bat as well.



Anderson currently sits eighth in the league in batting average.  Over his past seven games, he batted .281 with four RBI and four runs scored.


5. Lorenzo Cain

Since coming off of the Injured List July 27th, World Series Champion Lorenzo Cain has been finding his stride at the plate, as he has recorded a hit in 10 of his last 11 games.


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Cain hit an opposite field home run to extend his Brewers lead over the Cubs to 4-1 in the sixth.  



Cain decided not to play during last year’s Covid shortened season, but this year he is getting a chance to show great verteran leadership as he is a part of an outfield that includes fellow MLBbros Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tyrone Taylor.

Over his last seven games, Cain is batting .269 with five RBI, two steals and three runs scored.

This weekend Cain and his Brewers will take on Ke’Bryan Hayes and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Steel City. 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 17)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 17)

Week 17 of the Major League Baseball season was one to remember for many MLBbros. 

Around the league four were honored with their respective teams’ Heart & Hustle Awards– one showed us once again there is not a thing on the planet he cannot do and another proved he is ready to be a part of a World Series run.  However, George Springer is at the top of the mountaintop on our High Five list after winning the American League Player of the Week award.


1. George Springer

Blue Jays fans waited 670 days between home games after COVID-19 shut down Canada last year.  This past weekend the team finally returned home to Toronto, and Springer finally got to play in his first true home series and did not disappoint. 


George Springer | American League Player Of The Week


Saturday he homered twice in the Jay’s game against the Kansas City Royals including his 40th career leader jack.  In total Springer hit three lead-off home runs this week, giving him 42 for his career and placing him in eighth place on the All-Time list. 



Springer, who is one of two returning members from week 16 #High/Five also earned the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights.

He was named the American League Player of the Week for the third time in his career, and since we haven’t heard from Drake this summer he may be the hottest thing going in Canada.



Over his last seven games Springer is batting .517 with a 1.103 slugging percentage, four home runs, 11 RBI, 10 runs scored and four walks.


2. Mookie Betts


Mookie Betts showed us he had some skills in his bag while playing second base for the Dodgers most of this week.  Betts played second as a minor leaguer but has spent a majority of his career in the outfield, particularly in right field where he has won five Gold Gloves.

Betts is coming off an injury and as the Dodgers wait for newly acquired Trea Turner to return from the COVID list, they have tested his versatility over the last few games and he has not disappointed.



He made multiple Gold Glove worthy plays including an over-the-shoulder catch Sunday in Arizona and a diving catch to commit robbery on Houston Astros MLBbro Michael Brantley.



Betts also appears to finally be looking comfortable at the plate.  He has done a good job at getting on base this season, but some of his hitting numbers have been down.  This week he was 15-for-28 for a .536 average, a 1.214 slugging percentage, seven extra base hits and five home runs including a two-homer game in Wednesday’s victory over the Astros.



3. Cedric Mullins

American League All-Star starting centerfielder CM Storm Cedric Mullins had himself a memorable week both on and off the field.  He was awarded the Baltimore Orioles winner of the 2021 Heart & Hustle Award.

Mullins said on Twitter “It is an honor to be selected for the 2021 Heart and Hustle Award!  It’s my goal every day to go out and play hard and to the best of my ability.  I am truly grateful that my play and hardwork has been recognized by my peers.” 

On the field Mullins has been slowly creeping towards the top of the list for Major League Baseball’s batting title.  He now sits in fourth, trailing Michael Brantley by .009 points for first place. 



Over his last seven games, Mullins is batting .370 with a .452 on base percentage, six runs and a home run


4. Tim Anderson

Since originally being snubbed from making the American League All-Star roster, T.A. has been locked in on his mission to have his White Sox as the last team standing this season.

Our JR Gamble gave us his Two Cents on where he believes Anderson’s place is amongst the games top shortstops, so I’ll let him get into that while I tell you about a few highlights from his week.


Pasta night was on the docket Tuesday night for Anderson and his family after he hit a two-run homer against the Royals. He was also named the White Sox winner of the 2021 Heart & Hustle Award.

Anderson now sits in seventh place for the American League batting title and he had something to say about White Sox fans who have made their home ballpark electric during the past few weeks. 

“On the weekends, it’s the place to go before you go out.  We try to make it a pregame for you. You can come to the game, have some drinks, have some fun. We have a DJ up there playing good music.  Use it as a pregame before the night starts.”


5. Giancarlo Stanton


With the additions of left handed batters Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton finally has some much needed help around him in the lineup, and now the Yankees look poised as they make their track towards a wild card spot.



Stanton batted .250 this week with a home run, seven RBI, five walks, a .400 on base percentage and a bases clearing three run double on Wednesday to help the Yankees break open their game against the Orioles.

Stanton and his Yankees have a series scheduled this weekend against the Mariners that will have huge playoff implications later on in the season.