Well, we believe in speed offs, bat flips, launch angles, house robberies, hanging bows, Big League Chew, and sausage races, and that unwritten rules of any kind are subjective folly, and an overstatement. We think Greg Maddox was a true magician. We believe that there should be a constitutional amendment protecting minor league baseball and that framing the stadium is both an art and a science. We believe in the beautiful place, making WARP not a war, keeping you chasing closely, we believe love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is good too.
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Shohei Ohtani is the best problem in baseball
In the famous musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein, sound of MusicObviously, Maria is a nun who means a different life. Instead of performing her religious duties, she always sings, dances and climbs every mountain. Her fellow nuns lament, “How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and fix it?”
Sometimes the song reverberates in my head when I watch Shohei Ohtani, a player in a class of his own.
More than Babe Ruth or any other player in Major League Baseball history, Ohtani is a true two-way player. He shoots, hits and even plays on the court at times.
Living in the time of the Autani is a blessing. The only problem (borrowing a word from the song) with the grandeur we get is that, like Maria, it sets him very far from his mates. What he does on the pile and on the plate is incomparable, so how can we compare?
That’s the mystery in discussing the MLS Player of the Year award. One player should be more valuable than the rest, but the top contenders are very different. Is it Ohtani, who keeps doing what no one else can do, or is it Yankees star Aaron Judge, the towering batsman who stands on the brink of breaking Roger Maris’ home record?
Ohtani hit 34 home runs and scored 2.43 ERAs over 25 starts, even better than last year, when he won his first Silver Slugger game and was unanimously voted as the MLS player of the year. But Judge leads the MLB with 122 points, 59 home points, and 127 RBI, as well as in base and slow percentages, OPS, OPS+, and overall rules. Maris would equal twice at home, and set a new third home record.
Talk about embarrassing fortunes.
Every year Ohtani is a great bowler and hitter, he can be said to be the best player in the league as he is the only man in the league to add value to his team in both positions. But the flip side of this argument is that by doing so it hits any player who isn’t tossed and hit, and that’s an unfair criterion. But if Ohtani is going through an amazing season and doesn’t win the award because he’s so different from other players for comparison, he gets punished for standing out from the crowd. It’s somehow a win-win situation.
MLB could always carry out some sort of Shohei Ohtani award, but it would lose meaning very quickly if he was the only one who qualified for it.
How do you measure a single player in two directions against the other? You really can’t.
But what a big unsolvable problem.
The next MLB fan community is already here
From the brilliant and dueling minds behind the Red Sox Nation and the Yankees Universe, come:
Nebula Dodgers: Not much of a fan club, but a handy reminder of what the Dodgers have.
Crusaders: Do you have a few minutes to talk about our Lord and Savior Albert Pujols? Uh understood. We were young once. Watch baseball with hits, fouls, etc. But have you seen Ryan Hillsley’s closest entrance? Heck Bells, yes. It’s impressive, but you know who has the record for stopping the ball? We’ll give you one guess.
Blue Jays Border Patrol: From Manitoba to London (not that!), Blue Jays fans must band together to make sure three or four competing players from each team don’t enter the country.
Tropicana Truths Field: Sign up, and you’ll find your first 25 Ray tickets home. Free Shipping. Well, the first 30. The first 50? Come to a baseball game sometime please on purpose.
Royal Roots: Wherever we go, and whatever we do, we are proud of the Kansas City Royals, through and through, look, the Chiefs game continues.
Mariners MarineArmy: And when we dry up our playoffs, we’ll reach out to the Red Sox Nation, and see how they handled their entire baseball identity smash. Maybe some Mariners’ pink hats? just an idea.
Galaxy Guardians: There are hundreds of raccoons in Cleveland, and they don’t talk. But it gets distracted when you play “Slow Ride” at full size.
Mets universe: The Mets have a universe now. Uncle Steve asked her.
Money Mike is a saw, not a saw about being 100 percent ATL for the Atlanta Braves
There was a defining moment when everything changed for the better for the Atlanta Braves this season.
The defending world champions were a bit of a wake-up call in the Valley of the Sun. Amid the cacophony of Sal Licata’s voice into his microphone to prematurely say “Very sorry, it’s over,” it was only fitting that Michael Harris II decided it was a saw rather than a saw.
Money Mike took on the starting center role that everyone and his brother thought would belong to Cristian Pache for the foreseeable future. The Stockbridge native decided it would be the Andrew Jones of his generation at The Braves Center instead.
The guy had never played a round in a Triple A baseball game, yet he never felt that the big league stage was too big for him. Along with Spencer Strider and fellow feisty von Grissom, these brave rookies are all reminiscent of 2005’s Baby Braves that featured prominently Jeff Francor and Brian McCann.
With Harris one game closer to winning this year’s NL Rookie, unless Strider throws a sans hitter and somehow outsmarts him, the Braves are in great shape heading into October, regardless of whether they won the NL East for Year 5 in a row or not. no.
As an ATLien player, I know the kind of dynamic player that translates on the field of play here and in the hearts of believers in the southeast of the capital. You have to be good, you have to be cocky. Dripping with booty, Harris is all that makes Atlanta…ATL.
Where it’s different from saying, Trae Young, Joseph Martinez and even teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. is that he grew up here. The man knows what’s up. Winning in front of this crowd hits differently when you used to watch games at Ted, The Dome or Highlight Factory as a kid.
There will come a moment in October when Atlanta will need to rely on its rookie sense on the plate, or on the field, and that guy will lead! This is the money mike! He doesn’t care that you don’t think he’s supposed to be here. Well, it’s unapologetic. ATLien is real in its essence.
Cooking always tastes better when the ingredients are local anyway.
3 stories from around the MLB department you need to read
Tigers got a front office CEO that everyone is happy with. Aaron Judge thinks of Roger Maris. And Framber Valdez is making history himself. Here are three stories from around the MLB division this week that you need to read.
Detroit Tigers: 3 reasons to be excited about hiring Scott Harris The Tigers surprised everyone on Monday by announcing their appointment of Giants GM Scott Harris to be the head of baseball’s operations. Immediately awards began pouring in from his colleagues and the media. In Motor City Bengals, Tyler Kotila explains why this should be exciting news for fans.
3 wild achievements still within reach of Aaron Judge during Yankees’ historic season Aaron Judge scored two more rounds on Sunday to take his points total to 59 for the season. He’s not just two people shy of Roger Maris’ record. But did you know that the Triple Crown is still out of the realm of possibilities? Yanks Go Yard’s Thomas Caranant breaks down the incredible achievements the judge could still achieve this year.
The Astros’ Framber Valdez threw a record 25 consecutive quality starts – Framber Valdez, writer for the Astros, set one record at sea when he passed the 24th quality start Jacob Degrom had with the Mets in 2018. But there’s another record on the table: the most streak quality ever. Climbing up Tal’s Hill’s Joe Fernandez details the Elie company that Valdez has just joined.