Article by: Zachary Henley
Throughout the history of the MLB, there have always been spectacular battles that always lead to mind boggling stats. Each race has its own specialty, From Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s home run race to even teams such as the Yankees and Red Sox. This year’s race is to potentially be baseball’s best player.
This season, Trout has some competition for the label of best player, but Trout is doing what he always does and that’s just playing excellent baseball. So far this season, Trout has a .298 batting average, with 41 home runs and 96 RBI’s. His 41 home runs are currently tied for his personal best and his strikeout rate is lower than his previous seasons. Trout is putting together yet another MVP-caliber season and will probably win it for the third time.
In his first season with the Brewers, Yelich won the MVP award with the stat line of 36 home runs, 110 RBI’s and an amazing .326 batting average. The MVP helped the Brew Crew advance to the NLCS and eventually lose to rookie Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season, Yelich just picked up from where he left off, with hitting .335, 41 home runs and tallying 89 RBI’s. Yelich and the Brewers have some work to do if they want to make it to the playoffs, but that shouldn’t be too hard with Yelich leading the team.
Bellinger has been in the MVP race with Yelich all season long and there are no questions why. The Dodgers are one of the best teams in baseball and Cody is putting up some great numbers. So far, he has 42 home runs, with 97 RBI’s and has a .317 batting average. The best part about Bellinger is that he is only 23 years old and has an amazing future ahead of him.
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Article by: Pete Caceci
The Phillies pitching staff has gone through more than enough problems this season, and unfortunately it may get even worse. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has been revealed to be undergoing season ending surgery on his elbow, due to a bone spur that came to light in early July. To add to this list, other Phillies pitcher David Robertson will be missing the rest of this season and most of the 2020 year as well after having Tommy John surgery this past Thursday. The news was released by Phillies insider Jim Salisbury on twitter yesterday.
Robertson was recently acquired from the Yankees on a two-year, $23 million deal in January. Since then, the 34-year-old relief pitcher has pitched about 7 innings total going 0-1 and having an ERA of 5.40. Phillies fans will unfortunately remember this guy when he walked in the winning run against the Nationals back in April. He injured his arm not long after the defeat and has been forgotten until now. It is unfortunate that this happened, as Robertson was extremely healthy throughout his career, making at least 60 appearances on the mound in the previous nine seasons. “Obviously, I’ve had those thoughts,” Robertson told reporters of the possibility his career could be over, as the Phillies have had plans to move on without him.
Arrieta is having one of the worst seasons of his entire MLB career; through 17 starts, he is currently 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA. Ever since he arrived to the Phillies in 2018 for a 3-year $75 million deal, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner has not been able to reclaim those same statistics. As for highlights, there really has not been anything for Jake to lean on except for a dust up with Mets third baseman Todd Frazier. Since meeting with the team early last week over the status of the injury, rumors have begun to spread within the organization that Arrieta has been considering retirement. Hopefully, this recuperation will help build Arrieta’s confidence and allow him to redeem himself come next season.
As much as these two players have not really made a difference for this team, we need everyone that we can get. The Phillies are currently 3rd in the NL East and are tied for third in the Wild Card spot with the Brewers. Both pitcher’s experience could be used to mentor the lackluster staff that we currently have in times under pressure. Every game at this point counts, and if the Phillies do not make the postseason this year, we may see a lot of coaching staff go as well as players who are not performing to their usual talents. The chopping block is also approaching Arrieta and Robertson, and if I were them, I would be sweating.
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Article by: Harrison Weaver
Alright NBA Fans. We did it. We made it through a wild offseason, and the NBA landscape looks absolutely nothing like it has the past four or five years. We saw the craziest free agency of all time with numerous superstars going to new teams. You know what that means then? This upcoming season is going to be full of new rivalries, revenge games, and all new superstar combinations. The NBA just released the 2019-2020 schedule on Monday, and so we finally get a look at when we’ll get to see all these intriguing matchups. Opening Night is coming up on Tuesday night, October 22nd. So with that in mind, I’m going to highlight a lot of the fun matchups you can look forward to this upcoming NBA season.
Opening Night (October 22nd)
Opening Night we get two awesome matchups. The first is New Orleans at Toronto, in which Zion will finally be on full display for the NBA world to see and we’ll also get to see the Raptors lift their championship banner. Everyone has been waiting to see Zion in real NBA action after a minor injury to his knee in Summer League which led to the Pelicans benching him for the remainder of summer league play. It will be very intriguing to see how this young New Orleans team plays together. On the other side of the matchup, it will be our first look at the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors and how the rest of the guys can step up to try to be a contender again this year. The other matchup on opening night is the first chapter in perhaps what is now the NBA’s best rivalry. After sharing a city and an arena since the birth of the LA Clippers, the Clippers and Lakers are finally both two of the best teams in the league at the same time. LeBron and AD versus Kawhi and Paul George will be on showcase for the first time on Opening Night, and you can expect this to be a fun one as these two teams will be battling it out all season long.
I want each of you readers to imagine this (if you’re a reader who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, I apologize, but for the sake of this exercise, imagine you have the day from school or work, and you have a full day to relax with friends and family). Alright, now close your eyes and imagine. You wake up on Christmas morning, snow is falling. You’re sitting around the Christmas tree with your loved ones, exchanging gifts while you sip on some hot chocolate. You spend the morning watching your favorite classic Christmas movies and relaxing until it’s time to go about your Christmas day plans. Then all the sudden, its noon, and the best part of Christmas has finally arrived…. it’s time for tip-off between the Celtics and Raptors.
You tell your family you’re sick from drinking too much egg nog and you need to stay home, when in fact, you’ve really just been counting down the hours until you can watch Boston versus Toronto, Philly versus Milwaukee, Rockets versus Warriors, Clippers versus Lakers, and Pelicans versus Nuggets. That’s right! We get every one of those matchups on Christmas Day. For you sports bettors out there, those are a lot of almost even lines which will make for an exciting day. The Sixers versus Bucks matchup will be the first matchup between the top two teams in the East, and a likely preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Clippers and Lakers will be another installment in the LA rivalry. The old rivalry of the former two best teams in the West between the Rockets and Warriors will be sure to offer lots of fun offensive explosion. All-in-all NBA fans, Christmas Day will offer five excellent matchups for you tune into.
Article by: Justin Imler
No, this title is not clickbait, Antonio Brown has literally threatened retirement if he is not able to use his old style of helmet, in place of the new style that recently became mandatory starting this season. The drama surrounding Brown is back into full swing, even though he has yet to have an official training camp practice with his new team the Oakland Raiders. Antonio Brown has completely been away and out of contact with the team for a little over a week now according to reports. He’s been off seeing several different specialists to get opinions on his frostbitten feet. Yes, you heard me right.
Before the helmet drama, it was announced that Brown has been sidelined due to severe frostbite on the bottoms of his feet due to wearing improper footwear in a cryotherapy machine. The details are unknown, as to how long Brown would be out for, but now the Raiders have even bigger problems.
Long story short, Brown is refusing to wear the new NFL mandated helmets and is requesting to wear his old style of helmet he’s been wearing his entire nine-year NFL career. Brown’s reason for this request is apparently due to the new style of helmet obstructing his vision when running routes and catching the football. Brown first knew that this was taking effect back in May, when the one-year grace period for the new helmets was eliminated, which meant that everyone would be required to wear them starting in 2019. It seems that Brown and his team have been attempting to fight this ever since, and unsurprisingly, have failed.
Now we obviously don’t know if Brown will actually retire from football, but what we do know is that the NFL will not make an exception to make sure he stays in the league. The NFL is clearly bigger than one player, and the last thing the league is going to do is roll over and let one egotistical wide receiver make demand after demand. At this point, I’m starting to feel bad for the Oakland Raiders. They’ve been the next team to take on the drama show that is Antonio Brown. Back in March, when they acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, some said they got a bargain for the all-pro WR by only giving up a 3rd and a 5th round pick in this year’s draft. However, looking at the situation now, the drama and distraction that is Antonio Brown hasn’t gone away since joining his new team, it’s seemingly gotten worse. As a Steelers fan, I’m more than happy that he’s someone else’s problem, but I know what it’s like to have that sort of distraction on your football team, and it is not fun.
News broke out early this morning that Antonio Brown had officially lost his grievance with the NFL (shocker) and will be required to wear the new style of helmet for the foreseeable future. With this news also came an instagram post from Brown confirming that the all pro wideout will not be retiring, and is looking forward to joining his teammates on the field as soon as possible. Brown was seen at the Raiders' practice in street clothes today with his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Brown's full Instagram post yesterday read:
"While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field. I'm excited about this season, appreciate all the concerns about my feet! #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme"
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Article by: Zach Henley
Legends like Carl Yastrzemski, Vladimir Guerrero, Craig Biggio and Danta Bichette all made their marks in the game of baseball. Decades later, their own counterparts are looking to do the same.
1. Mike Yastrzemski
Mike Yastrzemski made his major league debut on May 25, 2019 for the San Francisco Giants. He went hitless but scored a run in the team’s loss against the Diamondbacks. Through August 12, 2019, the rookie has 12 home runs along with 38 RBI’s. 6 days later, the rookie tallied his first home run of his career. Mike Yastrzemski is the grandson of former Boston Red Socks great, Carl Yastrzemski. Mike has already passed his grandfather in their rookie home run totals and his stats now show potential to be a consistent player for years to come.
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Free swinging Vladimir Guerrero started his career in Canada just like his son. Guerrero Jr. has started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays and has shown why he deserves all the hype that's surrounded him. After a somewhat slow start to his career, Vlad Jr. connected for his first home run of his career against the Giants. In the same game, he hit his second career home run and showed the league that he was here, and here to stay. In July, it was announced that Vlad Jr. would participate in the Home Run Derby. After setting the record for most home runs hit in the derby, he would lose to Mets rookie Pete Alonso. Vlad has shown that he his just like his father and looks to become the same type of player.
3. Cavan Biggio
Cavan Biggio is the son of hall famer Craig Biggio. Shortly after Guerrero Jr. made his debut, Biggio was called up and made his debut on May 24, 2019. His first hit didn’t come until 2 days later against the San Diego Padres. Later that game, he tallied his first big league home run. Biggio was selected in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. After great years in the minors, including Eastern League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, Biggio has shown that he has the talent to become an all star and make a name for his self in the game's highest level.
4. Bo Bichette
Bo Bichette has already broken records in his short time in the majors. Through August 6th, he became the first player to record 10 extra base hits within his first 9 games. He also became just the third player to record a double in 8 straight games while setting the Blue Jays record for the most hits by a rookie in his first 10 games. He also had an 11-game hit streak which also set the record in Blue Jays history.
Although these names might bring back some old memories, these guys are a part of the new generation of talent in the MLB. These guys might have legendary last names, but they're here to write their own story, and prove that they can play on baseball's biggest stage.