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#25 all star week

So today instead of writing about each individual all star topic/game I’m just going to lump them all together. And because it’s my only legit week off I will be taking all star week off, well at least Tuesday I’m not sure if I’ll have enough to write about on Thursday or not but we will see. Kind of ironic that it comes a week after I took the Fourth of July off but it is what it is you know.

I’m not particularly excited for any of 3 all star events so I’ll just start with the one happening the soonest, that’s the futures game on Sunday. And like every year both teams, the world and the USA, are absolutely stacked. To be perfectly honest I already forgot the majority of each roster, so there isn’t too much I can say. But I remember one player from the world team that I’m really really excited to see, that’s the 5 tool player in the Nats organization Victor Robles. This 19 year old is having a great year in A ball and literally has all 5 tools and is already a top notch prospect, did I mention he’s only 19? Because he’s only 19. Might of just turned 20 but still he’s young, I hope he at least shows off one of his great tools.

Now onto the event I’m somewhat excited for, the home run derby. Giancarlo Stanton will be defending his title and the all star game is in Miami this year so he has home field advantage. Plus the big boy Aaron Judge will be competing as well, he hits the ball just as hard and just as far as Stanton. There’s another big boy competing who hits the ball hard, the Twins third baseman Miguel Sano. Plus the 21 year old Dodger with the huge uppercut, Cody Bellinger. Those big boys alone should hit some bombs. The only player I don’t think should be there is Gary Sanchez, I know he can swing the bat but the dude only has 13 homers cmon. I would not bet on this event should be a very good derby, everyone has a real chance to win. My pick to win is Stanton, I really like Sano’s chances but you just can’t bet against Giancarlo Stanton in a home run derby.

Now the part I’m least excited for, the actual all star game. Of course I’ll still tune in it’s still baseball so I’ll watch it no matter what. But I am so glad that the winner doesn’t get him field advantage in the World Series anymore, if you want it to be fan vote then it shouldn’t matter one bit. Because Joe Schmo from South Dakota isn’t voting for the best players is he? Of course not he’s voting for his favorite players, and Joe Schmo’s vote should in no way influence home field advantage. That’s why I don’t vote for the all star game it’s not about who’s playing the best it’s just a popularity contest, I’m so glad it’s not important anymore.

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#40 All-star break

It’s funny that yesterday I was talking about the Cubs potentially trading Kyle Schwarber because he could bring back a lot and the Cubs already have a good catcher that will be there for a few years. I mentioned the Tigers, David Price as a good fit. Then I wake up this morning, turned on the tv and heard the “experts” talking about how the Tigers made David Price available for trade. So my question is, why am I not considered an expert yet?

Anyways what I want to write about today was that there was a couple of things that impressed me over the all star break. There’s two things and neither have to do with the actual all star game. I find the actual game kind of boring, it’s never been really interesting to me. The first thing that impressed me was Michael Conforto’s futures game, the other is Manny Machado’s home run derby.

Let’s start with Conforto. So Michael Conforto is a left handed hitting, 22 year old corner outfielder in the Mets organization. This kid has some good raw power from the left side which is what got him selected 10th overall in the 2014 draft last year. But it wasn’t his bat that impressed me it was what he did on the other side of the ball that made me say “wow”. He was out in left field and somebody was trying to run on his arm, now left field is primarily an offensive position if you can throw it’s a plus but it isn’t required, and he threw an absolute laser beam to home to get the runner trying to score. They reviewed it and his throw was almost 92 mph coming from left field. And that’s pretty impressive coming from a guy that I didn’t even know had a good arm.

The other thing that impressed me over the break was Manny Machado in the home run derby. He impressed me because he’s more of a line drive hitter but he was up there blasting 460+ foot bombs. He got knocked out in the first round but it was impressive how far he could hit it with that sweet, simple stroke of his. Todd Frazier ended up winning the derby, the hometown favorite good for him but I honestly don’t like it. He was hitting wall scrapers that barely got over when the other guys were hitting 470+ foot shots. Happens all the time and good for Todd Frazier but I have never liked that part of the derby.

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