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#36 a case for Stanton

While I was thinking of something to write about today, it came across my mind that I could totally write/rant about the HOF for a whole post or I can just write about Giancarlo Stanton. The hall of fame thing isn’t too interesting so I’ll just save it for later besides Stanton is crazy hot right now. Just to be clear I do not think Stanton will will the MVP but with the current hot streak he’s getting his name into the conversation. Like I said he isn’t my pick to win or anything but doesn’t mean I can’t put together a legitimate case for Giancarlo to get the MVP.

To be honest all I have to say to make the MVP case for Stanton is 50 homers in August. Seriously he has all of September left. He has 16 more homers than the guy in second, for the NL that is. His full stat line, hitting .294 with 50 homers and 108 rbis. There isn’t much else to say except there is literally a month until the season ends. He could win it if he can keep his average up over .290, 50+ homers isn’t enough to win you a MVP. The Marlins themselves can actually ruin Giancarlo’s MVP chances, currently they are over .500 and somewhat are in the playoff hunt. Usually the MVP goes to the player that helps their team win, at least win enough to be in playoff contention. Then again after Trout getting the AL MVP over Mookie Betts last year I don’t know, they had very similar numbers Trout was slightly better but I thought the defining factor was Betts and the Red Sox were a first place team while Trout and the Angels were one of the worst. Trout still won though, my point is I don’t know what the voters vote on anymore so don’t count Stanton out if his team doesn’t do anything.

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#17 congrats to all

There have been a few note worthy things that have happened in baseball recently, so today I’m going to write a post that highlights them all instead of a long post about just one subject. I’ve been pretty good at keeping them about one subject so far this year but there is plenty I could write about today so I figured I’ll just write a paragraph about each subject.

First and foremost I’ve got to congratulate Albert Pujols for joining the 600 homerun club. More people have walked on the moon than hit 600 homers in the majors, that is such an interesting fact. Even though he has to share the club with obvious juicers, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez, it is still an incredible feat. The machine is 37 years young, the future hall of famer would only need to hit 20 homers a year for the next 5 years to join the even more exclusive 700 homerun club. It’s possible.

Another career feat to congratulate, Clayton Kershaw has joined the 2,000 strikeout club. It’s not too exclusive of a club but it’s impressive because of what it means for the future, in my opinion at least. Kershaw is still only 29 years old, he isn’t even over the hump yet he has a lot of pitches left in that left arm of his. Pitchers are more of an injury risk than position players, they can just hurt something very small and it can derail the rest of their career, just look at Mark Prior’s career. So if Kershaw can stay healthy there is a good chance he can reach 3,000 strikeouts. Knock on wood.

And of course I have to mention the no-hitter that happened over the weekend. Edinson Volquez fired the first no-no of 2017 against a good hitting Diamondbacks team, and only needed 98 pitches to do it. Throughout Volquez’s entire career he’s either been hot or cold, you know he’s either an above average pitcher or someone that makes you wonder why he’s still in the rotation no real in between. He’s 2-7 this year but yet he has the only no-hitter this year, that makes my point. It’s still impressive to throw a no-hitter no matter who you are so congratulations Edinson.

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#42 a bright star gone too soon

It is with a heavy heart that I write todays post. Jose Fernadez deserves an entire blog post therefore I feel the need to write about him today. After the emotional game in Miami last night I just have to write about everything. Like I said very emotional so there is a good chance I might shed a tear just writing about this.

In case you were living under a rock Jose Fernadez crashed his boat into some rocks Saturday night/Sunday morning. It was seriously heart breaking news to wake up to. He was having such a great year too. He just turned 24 (same as me) and had his entire career ahead of him. The path he started on was leading to the hall of fame without a doubt in my mind. It really hit home for me not just because of the age thing but because of how he played the game. He played with intensity that often rubbed people the wrong way but at the same time he knew how fun this game is, and that’s exactly how I feel about baseball I honestly believe if I still played I would play like Jose. In recent memory last night was probably the most emotional night in baseball. Every Marlins player wore Jose Fernadez’s number 16. Dee Gordon was the lead off hitter for the Marlins, and came up to bat with Jose’s helmet on stepped in the right handed batters box (Dee’s a left handed hitter) and imitated Fernadez’s batting stance. Even though Fernadez was a pitcher he was a pretty accomplished hitter. Then Dee switched back to the left and a couple pitches later rocketed a pitch into the right field seats. A lead off homer. It gives me goosebumps just writing about it, Dee was crying during his trip around the bases. I can’t blame him at all I even teared up when watching it on TV. It was something else. RIP Jose Fernadez you will be forever missed a bright star gone too soon.

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