Friday, April 21, 2017

A Jackie Robinson Day Experience 4/21/17

Hey baseball fans!

A couple of weeks ago, I planned a trip to the Bronx with my girlfriend, Meredith, to see a Yankees game. Looking at the dates available, we concluded that the best day to go was April 15th, so we bought tickets for that Yankees game where they would host the Cardinals. I didn't think anything of the day's significance until I turned on the television the morning of the game and remembered it was Jackie Robinson Day.

Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated every year on April 15th all across the MLB to honor Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier on that date in 1947. On that day, Robinson didn't do much at the plate for the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, but he did a lot for the game of baseball. Without him and the perseverance he exuded during his playing days, so many of the MLB's best would've been unable to play America's pastime at the professional level. Prior to that day in 2017, I had never experienced a special day on the MLB calendar, days that include Mothers' Day or Memorial Day. It was awe-inspiring to see all of the players on each side don Robinson's now-retired number 42 to pay homage to the trailblazer.

There were two really cool things I noticed as the game unfolded. First of all, because the Cardinals were the away team, they batted first, and the first batter in their lineup was Dexter Fowler. Just last October, Fowler became the first African-American to bat for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, because the last World Series the Cubs made took place two year prior to Robinson's historic day. I thought that was a very appropriate and classy lineup idea by Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny, whether he knew what he was doing or not. Second, that game featured the most possible combined World Series rings between two teams, the Yankees with the most at 27 and the Cards with the second-most at 11. But despite this, these two historically legendary franchises took part in a tradition shared by teams that haven't even been to the World Series: honoring a true baseball star in Jackie Robinson.

Thank you, Jackie, for all that you've done for the game. Also, the Yankees won that day and extended their winning streak to six games, so that's good. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrate Good World Series, Come On! 4/13/17

Hey baseball fans!

2017 is a big year in baseball, not only for yet another season of America's pastime, but there are also plenty of World Series anniversaries to be celebrated, so let's take a look at all the World Series winners who won during a year where the last digit was seven.

1907: Cubs
The double-play combination of Tinkers to Evers to Chance coupled with the sheer dominance of Mordecai Brown on the mound led to a 107-win Cubs team that won the World Series over the Tigers in an easy sweep.

1917: White Sox
This would end up being the last year the Sox would win a championship for 88 years. Based on record, the 1917 ChiSox were the best team in franchise history, posting the only 100-win season ever on the South Side. Most people were paying attention to World War I, but Eddie Collins and the rest of Chicago made sure the White Sox would be prevalent in the papers in October with a six-game victory over the Giants

1927, 1937, 1947, 1957: All Yankees
Basically Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle terrorized the American League for almost five decades, while winning some Fall Classics in the middle. Probably the most important of them all was '27, when Ruth and Gehrig helped the "Murderers' Row" Yankees get into the conversation of best team ever.

1967: Cardinals
Bob Gibson had a 1.12 ERA during the regular season as he and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Red Sox's historic World Series search in a dramatic seven-game series. Not even Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski could stop the torrid pitching of Gibson, who won his second World Series MVP.

1977: Yankees
Reggie Jackson may have caused many problems in the clubhouse throughout the season, but he eventually helped the Yankees avenge their '76 World Series loss to the Reds in a six-game series victory against the Dodgers. This is the World Series where Jackson famously cracked four homers on four consecutive swings.

1987: Twins
The first World Series where the home team won every game, the 1987 World Series saw the true power of loud, domed stadiums, as the Metrodome really helped out the Twins' bats and made the Cardinals extremely frightened for their lives.

1997: Marlins
It was a dramatic World Series that ended in a walk-off single in extra innings and it will forever be remembered as one of the most juxtaposed World Series ever in terms of climate. Miami and Cleveland in October: you can't really have a greater difference in weather than that.

2007: Red Sox
Just three years after they broke the Curse of the Bambino, Terry Francona and company decided to taste victory one more time, sweeping the Rockies in the Fall Classic for the franchise's seventh championship.

To all who are celebrating significant World Series anniversaries this year, congratulations! Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Five Predictions for the 2017 MLB Season 4/5/17

Hey baseball fans!

The season has already started and boy has it already been exciting!! I can't wait to see how the 2017 MLB season will end, so instead, I'm going to try to predict what will happen. Here are five of my predictions for the 2017 MLB campaign:

Prediction #1: Andrew McCutchen makes the All Star Game, but is traded at the deadline
I'm sure Cutch's 2016 year was just a fluke and he'll be back to his old self by the Midsummer Classic. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the Pirates move on with their semi-rebuilding phase and ship McCutchen off for prospects. It's been talked about for at least several months now and I can see it happening before July 31.

Prediction #2: Chris Sale wins the AL Cy Young Award
He's arguably the best pitcher in the American League on the league's best offense. He'll get a ton of run support and should win at least 20 games.

Prediction #3: Nolan Arenado cracks 50+ homers
Arenado is one of the brightest young talents in baseball and plays in a home ballpark where home runs are pretty common. The Rockies' third baseman is bound to have an unbelievable season, which might even include an MVP Award, if Colorado can pull itself together at least a little bit.

Prediction #4: Cubs repeat as NL Central champions
I'm not going to say just yet that the Cubbies are going to win the 2017 World Series, but their team is solid and will definitely feed off of pretty subpar competition within the NL Central. I mean, seriously, the Cardinals are the only other good team in that division. As long as the Cubs don't somehow screw things up, they'll be at the top of the NL Central come October.

Prediction #5: The Yankees and Astros get the AL Wild Card spots... again
It's all about the youth movement right now in baseball and the Yanks and 'Stros are showing off their young talent in the form of future wins. Gary Sanchez and Jose Altuve will carry these teams to the playoffs with around 86 wins apiece.

Do you agree with my predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"The Catch" 3/28/17

Hey baseball fans!

I've never devoted an entire post to Willie Mays's famous catch in the 1954 World Series, which is pure blasphemy. So, here ya go.

It was Game One of the 1954 World Series. The Giants and Indians were tied at two entering the top of the eighth in the Polo Grounds in New York City. The young 1954 MVP Willie Mays was playing in center field and Sal Maglie was pitching for the Giants. Maglie quickly allowed Larry Doby and Al Rosen to reach base, which brought first baseman Vic Wertz up to the plate for Cleveland. Wertz was never that much of a power hitter and he wasn't even that big of a guy. But with two on and no one out, anything could happen, especially because Maglie was just taken out of the game and replaced with Don Liddle.

On a 2-2 count, Wertz swung at the Liddle pitch and smacked it on a fly to straightaway center field. The Polo Grounds, at the time, was gigantic, so Wertz would have had to hit the ball a good 500 feet to hit a home run. Nonetheless, Larry Doby who was on second base thought the ball was hit far enough over Willie Mays's head in center field for extra bases, so he started trotting to third from second. Mays, on the other hand, had other plans. He immediately started running after the fly ball. He must've ran over 150 feet before making an over-the-shoulder, no-look, game-saving catch for the Giants.

But that's only half the story. As soon as he made this miraculous catch, he spun around to throw the ball and even fell over because of his momentum going towards the center field wall. Unbelievably, the throw couldn't have been better, preventing Rosen from advancing to second from first and only allowing Doby to reach third base after retreating back to second so he could tag up. The catch not only swung the game in the Giants' favor, but the Series as well, as the Giants would go on to sweep the Indians for the franchise's fifth title.

What a catch! Truly one of the best you'll ever see. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Some Should-Be Nicknames for Hall of Famers 3/19/17

Hey baseball fans!

Some Hall of Famers really need some nicknames! That's what makes them, well, them! Here are some Hall of Famers that could use a solid sobriquet:

Kirby Puckett: Holy Moly Roly Poly
Why? Despite his plump appearance, he actually had some incredible speed, which helped him win five Gold Gloves in the outfield and steal as many as 21 bases in a season. He also just had a glowing personality. This nickname parodies Charles Barkley's nickname, "The Round Mound of Rebound."

Pie Traynor: The Sweet One
Why? The best third baseman of his era sure deserves a nickname that signifies that. Even though "Pie" is already a nickname by itself, I feel like this nickname really makes this kinda unknown HoFer stand out a little more. And yes, I did take inspiration from "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky.

Warren Spahn: Rain Man
Why? Spahn is part of the famous saying, "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain." Sain is Johnny Sain, who was a great pitcher along with Spahn on the Braves' pitching staff in the late '40s and '50s. Spahn is known as a "thinking man's pitcher" because he always tried to outwit the batter he was facing. So he was a thinker, much like Dustin Hoffman was in the movie, "Rain Man."

Stan Coveleski: The Soakin' From Shamokin
Why? Coveleski was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania and had a great pitching career with mainly the Indians back in the 1910s and 1920s. He was known for his spitball, which he was allowed to use despite it being banned in 1920, because he had thrown the special pitch before the ban.

Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Arsonist
Why? Cox, as great a manager as he was with the Braves, was ejected the most times ever in a managerial career in baseball history at 158. He was a pretty fiery guy, after all.

Any more Hall of Famers who deserve some nicknames? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Top Five All Time Favorite Same-Team Hitter/Pitcher Duels 3/12/17

Hey baseball fans!

Some of baseball's franchises are just filled to the brim with legends, but which hitter and pitcher who played for the same team, but in different eras, would be a great at-bat to watch? Here are my top five same-team hitter/pitcher duels that would be awesome to see:

Number Five: Nap Lajoie vs. Bob Feller
Why? The face of the Indians franchise in the dawn of the American League against the face of the Indians franchise in the middle of the century. It's the marquee matchup for all Cleveland sports fans because they were both amazing at what they did and their numbers show that.
Who'd Win? Feller. Nap wouldn't be used to Feller's heat.

Number Four: Willie Mays vs. Christy Mathewson
Why? The crazy, do-it-all hitter going up against the calm, soft-spoken icon. This is probably the most interesting of the matchups, because of the conflicting personalities between the two and how both influenced the game so much.
Who'd Win? Mays. He could hit anything, probably even Mathewson's notorious screwball.

Number Three: Harmon Killebrew vs. Walter Johnson
Why? Power versus power. Pure brawn versus pure brawn. When I think of this matchup, I think of a battle of absolute strength.
Who'd Win? I'm going to give it to Johnson. He's just too dominant of a pitcher.

Number Two: Hank Aaron vs. Greg Maddux
Why? Both were the best players at their respective positions during their playing days and played for some star-studded teams. They're high on the ranking of the "Best Player of All Time" debate, so this at-bat would be a doozy.
Who'd Win? Hammerin' Hank. He faced a lot of Hall of Famers during his time and destroyed basically every one of them. I could see him doing somewhat the same thing to Maddux, despite his 350+ career wins.

Number One: Babe Ruth vs. Mariano Rivera
Why? Simple: best hitter in baseball history squaring off against the game's best reliever.
Who'd Win? Don't faint, but I'm going to say Rivera, because of the cutter. Ruth never saw a pitch like that back in his day and Mo is famous for throwing it. Three cutters and Ruth would be back to eating hot dogs in the dugout.

Honorable Mention: Cy Young vs. Manny Ramirez
Why? I think this one would be just kind of wacky.
Who'd Win? Who cares?

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Five Tips for Fantasy-Drafting the MLB 3/4/17

Hey baseball fans!

Spring Training games have started and I couldn't be more excited! But I'm sure some teams are looking at their rosters and saying that they have no chance at even finishing above .500. Wouldn't it be great if there could be a league-wide fantasy draft to completely scramble the rosters so the teams would be more even? Well, let's imagine that there is for a second. With that in mind, here would be my strategies for fantasy drafting a whole league:

Tip #1: Alternate between picking pitchers and hitters
If you focus on just picking the best pitchers, there will be no great hitters left in the later rounds. Be mindful of which player is worth it to draft during any given round.

Tip #2: Go for the youngsters, but make sure to add a veteran presence
Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, and Clayton Kershaw are definitely good options, but establishing a championship attitude is crucial for any sporting franchise. So while those guys are great, also pick some players who have been on baseball's biggest stage before, like Albert Pujols or Cole Hamels.

Tip #3: Take advantage of positions that typically go unnoticed
Don't jump at the opportunity to take relievers or middle infielders in the earlier rounds because most good ones will definitely still be there later. Robinson Cano could be your "steal" when, in reality, he should be picked almost immediately.

Tip #4: Pitching wins championships
There are plenty of great hitters, but not many great pitchers. So as much as you want to balance the amount of pitchers and hitters you take, be very watchful of the All Star pitchers that fall off the board because they'll go quicker than you might anticipate.

Tip #5: Team chemistry is key
Of course, all of these players are still human beings. Taking teammates in packages will keep the team's clubhouse and bats light.

This is how I would go about redrafting the MLB. So, how would you? Write down your strategies in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Is Mr. November Really Mr. November? 2/24/17

Hey baseball fans!

Derek Jeter was dubbed "Mr. November" after his dramatic, walk-off, World Series-tying home run in a decisive Game Four of the 2001 World Series because that was the first time any MLB game had been played in November. Since that game, Jeter has played in six additional November baseball games, which came during the 2001 and 2009 Fall Classics. The question is, however, does he really deserve the nickname "Mr. November?" How were his numbers while batting in the eleventh month of the year? Let's find out.

Jeter had 26 at-bats during the month of November and collected nine hits, which equates to a solid .346 batting average. Most of his hits came in the 2009 World Series, however, like his 2-for-4 and 3-for-5 days at the plate in Games Four and Six against the Phillies. He struggled in November 2001, averaging a strikeout a game, but he averaged one run scored per game in 2009. In total, in seven games during the month of topaz, Jeter collected 1 homer, 2 RBI, 5 strikeouts, 4 runs, and a walk. Overall, I think I'd have to say that he deserves the nickname.

Do you agree that Derek Jeter deserves the nickname, "Mr. November?" Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eight Fun Facts About the "Cups of Coffee" Crew 2/16/17

Hey baseball fans!

I was snooping around Baseball Reference and I came across the category called "Cups of Coffee." I had no idea what it meant, so I had to check it out. It turns out that Baseball Reference has recorded 990 batters and 526 pitchers that only played in one career game. So, here are eight fun facts about the "Cups of Coffee" ballplayers.
  • No hitter on the list hit a home run in their one-game careers.
  • The most amount of hits by a hitter on the list is four, which was done by Ray Jansen on the St. Louis Browns on September 30, 1910. He went for 4 for 5.
  • Ed Cermak, George Goetz, and Jim McGarr all went 0-4 with four strikeouts lifetime. Certainly not Hall of Fame stats.
  • One of the most famous hitters on the list is Jeff Banister (pictured below), who is the current manager of the Texas Rangers. If only they could've hired someone with a bit more experience...
  • There are plenty of successful families in baseball, like the Younts. Hall of Famer Robin did most of the heavy-lifting because his brother, Larry, has exactly no statistics for his entire, one-game career.
  • Monty Swartz for the Reds pitched all twelve innings in an extra inning 6-3 loss to the Cardinals, giving up 17 hits in his only loss/appearance on the mound for his career.
  • There are actually pitchers on the list that have infinite career ERAs because they gave up at least one earned run without recording an out and with the way that ERA is calculated, that would technically mean that per nine innings, that pitcher gave up an infinite amount of earned runs. 
  • On September 22, 1894, George Stultz pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout in his only career game. What a career!!

Would you rather win your only career start or be a mediocre pitcher for 15+ seasons? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

An NFL-Themed BwM Trivia Question 2/9/17

Hey baseball fans!

What. A. Crazy. Super. Bowl. Finish. In honor of Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI heroism, here's a crazy MLB-NFL trivia question to stump your friends!

Since the closing of stadiums such as Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, most MLB and NFL franchises that play their home games in the same city have different venues for playing said games, except for one MLB-NFL tandem. What is the pair of teams and in what stadium do they play their home games?

The answer is... the Oakland Raiders and Athletics, who play their games in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum! The A's have played there ever since they moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and the Raiders have been playing there since 1995 (they also played in the Coliseum from 1966-1981, but then moved to LA for a decade-and-a-half). However, both teams might be moving away from Oakland in the coming years, so we'll have to wait and see what happens to the OAC Coliseum.

With which Oakland fan base is it more fun to hang out, the green-and-gold or the Black Hole? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Red Sox vs. Braves: Who Will Win the Super Bowl? 1/28/17

Hey baseball fans!

Because the Super Bowl is in one week, everyone is comparing the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons to predict who will win the game. I, however, have a different technique. Instead of looking at these two teams in depth, I looked at their MLB counterparts to see which of those teams is better. So, who's better, the Red Sox or the Braves?

Category One: Overall Winning Percentage
The Sox have been around since 1901 and have won a handful of games during its 116-year history, 9,317 to be exact. Couple that with the franchise's 8,707 all-time losses, and you have a .517 winning percentage. The Braves, on the other hand, have an all-time record of 10,438-10,432, which puts their winning percentage right around .500. After category number one, the Sox are up, 1-0.

Category Two: Head-to-Head Winning Percentage
These teams have never clashed in the World Series, but they've played each other in interleague play plenty of times. The Red Sox hold the advantage, however, winning 35 of the 66 head-to-heads. Sox two, Braves nada.

Category Three: Hall of Famers
Both of these teams have been around for a long time, so they have a ton of Hall of Famers each. The Braves have twelve, highlighted by guys like Hank Aaron and Greg Maddux. The Red Sox have thirteen, as legends such as Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx wear the Red Sox logo on their hats on their plaques in Cooperstown. The Red Sox are up 3-0, so one more categorical victory for Boston will secure the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl.

Category Four: World Series Championships
What better way to determine which of two teams is better than by looking at how many times they've won the big one. The Braves have three World Series trophies and won each in a different city: Boston (1914), Milwaukee (1957), and Atlanta (1995). The Sox have won eight World Series, despite their 86-yearlong drought. Well, that settles is. Sox win, 4-0.

Sorry Falcons fans, but it looks like the Patriots will win the Super Bowl. It's safe to say that the Tom Brady-led Patriots will never lose a Super Bowl again because the Red Sox are so good, unless they face the Giants (again) because the Yankees are better than the Sox on any day of the week. Don't believe me? Well, I did a post just like this which settles the whole "Red Sox are better than the Yankees" debate, which you can read by clicking here. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Thoughts on the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Election 1/22/17

Hey baseball fans!

Congratulations to all who were elected into the MLB Hall of Fame on Wednesday! Here are my thoughts on the vote in general:

I'm really happy about...
Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez receiving enough votes to get elected. Bagpipes is one of the top two hitters in Astros history (along with Craig Biggio) and should've been a first-ballot Hall of Famer and Pudge was one of the most dominant catchers of his era. Those were no-brainer shoe-ins.

I'm indifferent about...
Tim Raines. I know his stats are great and he is one of the best base-stealers of all time, but I've always been on the fence about him being in the Hall. Maybe it's because he's been on the ballot for so many years and hasn't gotten the votes. But I'm not going to say that he doesn't deserve the induction because I didn't get to see his electrifying speed in real time. To be frank, I think I'm the wrong person to be judging Raines on whether or not he should be in Cooperstown, but good for him that he's in.

I'm outraged at...
How Trevor Hoffman and Vlad Guerrero didn't get in. Seriously, how? Hoffman is one of two closers ever with 600+ saves and Guerrero batted .318 lifetime with 449 home runs in just 16 years! I think Guerrero will get in sooner rather than later, but I'm not too sure about Hoffman, which scares me slightly. If the legendary member of the Padres doesn't get the required 75% in 2018, then he'll have to be compared with Mariano Rivera in the 2019 vote, which is a battle that the Sandman will definitely win. All I'm saying is Hoffman deserves a plaque and I don't see any argument against that.

Why in the world...
Is Edgar Martinez not in the Hall by now? There is an annual award named after him that is given to the best DH and he was the best DH ever at the time of his retirement! But even besides those obvious reasons, he batted .312 during his career and helped revamp the Seattle Mariners franchise! It just doesn't make sense to me.

With respect to Bonds and Clemens...
The voters made the right decision.

Do you agree with my thoughts or disagree? Write what you think down in the comments section. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

ML"what would"B: What If Miggy Was Never Traded? 1/15/17

Hey baseball fans!

A while back, I had a series on a website called More Than A Fan called ML"what would"B, where I would analyze a "what-if" scenario in baseball history, like what if the Yankees had won the 2004 ALCS. Well, I haven't done it in a while, so I decided to bring it back on Baseball with Matt. In this edition of ML"what would"B, let's see what would've happened if a certain Venezuelan slugger hadn't gotten traded from an NL East team named after a fish.

Miguel Cabrera was one of the best up-and-coming hitters in baseball, but following the 2007 season, the Marlins decided to trade him to the Tigers, where he would become the Triple Crown-winning Miguel Cabrera we all know and love today. But what if the Marlins hadn't traded him?

Well the first major change would be that Miggy never plays first base, because the Marlins have a great slugger at first in Mike Jacobs, but they also have Jorge Cantu at third, so Cabrera is put permanently in the outfield. This turns out great for the Marlins, because now they don't have to replace their sluggers with another slugger for the '08 season. Jacobs and Cantu hit 32 and 29 homers respectively during 2008, so putting Miggy's 37 homers at either position wouldn't have made much sense. But those 37 homers do pay huge dividends for the Marlins' record that season, as the team goes 92-70, good enough for the NL Wild Card spot. They would be knocked out by the Phillies in the NLDS, but with this great power-hitting Marlins squad, Jacobs is never traded to the Royals the following season and his power numbers don't dip.

The 2009 Marlins do even better than in 2008, with the help of batting champ Hanley Ramirez and 34 homers from Jacobs and Cabrera each. Their 97-65 record gets them all the way to the World Series, where they face the Yankees. There, they get absolutely humiliated in a sweep due to a lack of a good pitching staff. This is immediately solved when Florida is greeted by a soon-to-be retiree in the form of Roy Halladay during free agency, who wins the 2010 NL Cy Young award. Partner that with great seasons from Miggy, Jacobs, and Dan Uggla and the emergence of Giancarlo Stanton and the 2010 Marlins finish the season with 95 wins, which is good enough to win the NL East by one game over the Phillies. Florida powers through the NL playoffs, but loses its second consecutive World Series, this time to the Rangers and their AL MVP Josh Hamilton.

After an off 2011 season, the Marlins are looking to once again be a winning team. With the help of a stadium and branding change and the addition of Prince Fielder in the offseason, the Marlins explode for 98 wins, the best record in the NL, as Miguel Cabrera finishes the season with the first Triple Crown since 1967. Miami goes to the World Series where they face...the Yankees! Wait, but what happened to the 2012 AL champion Detroit Tigers, you ask? Well, they don't have Miggy or Prince, so they've been a laughingstock in the AL for years now. Anyway, because of postseason slumps by stars like Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher, the Marlins capitalize and win the franchise's third World Series! And they don't have to ship out their good players after this championship because they actually have a solid attendance record after being good for so many years! Huzzah! What can I say? Anything can happen, here in the ML"what would"B.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bo Jackson's 1989 All Star Game 1/7/17

Hey baseball fans!

The NFL playoffs start today! In honor of this momentous occasion, it's time to learn about one of the greatest MLB All Star Game performances ever. It just so happened that this performance came from a dual athlete.

Bo Jackson was arguably a better football player than a baseball player, but he actually made each sports' All Star Games. Jackson's lone MLB All Star Game appearance came in 1989, a season in which he went on to hit a career-high 32 home runs and collect a career-high 105 RBIs while playing for the Royals, so his All Star nod was very well-deserved. In the 1989 All Star Game, Bo did absolutely amazing.

Jackson led off the ASG with a gargantuan home run that landed in the center field tarp at Anaheim Stadium, 448 feet away from home plate to be exact. It's one of the farthest homers ever hit at an All Star Game. In his next at-bat, Bo grounded into a force out at second base, but still drove in a run. He then proceeded to steal second base, becoming the second batter in MLB history to hit a home run and steal a base in the same All Star Game, the first being Willie Mays. And in his next at-bat, Jackson singled to center field. He would finish the day going 2-4 with two RBIs, a home run, a stolen base, and an All Star Game MVP Award.

What an amazing performance by Bo Jackson in the '89 Midsummer Classic. If only he made more of those during his MLB career. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."