Recently in the media there have been tons of buzz about a pitcher possibly being in the Home Run Derby. Specifically, a lot of talk about Madison Bumgarner . Noah Syndergaard, aka “Thor,” has expressed interest in this event as well as Jake Arrieta. Also, Adam Wainwright wants a part in the derby. Should the MLB have a pitcher’s Home Run Derby or let them hit with the big boppers? The answer to either question is YES, absolutely.
This is something baseball needs. It’s a breath of fresh air to the All-Star break and would be wildly entertaining. The new derby rules the MLB put into place were a fantastic addition last year, but this would make the event even better. Having either a pitcher derby or throwing some in with everyone else would make the event must-see T.V. The MLB has even discussed the possibility having a pitchers derby. It would probably make more sense to only add a pitcher or two to the mix of all other players.
It is totally understandable for teams and managers to be worried about the health of the pitchers if they partook in this. It’s the ony arguemnt on why pitchers shouldn’t be included. It’s safe to to say all of Chicago would be furious if Arrieta went out there swinging out of his shoes, causing a severe oblique strain. No team wants their ace going down for a fun little show. It’s risk that has to be taken for every player that participates.
Out of all players, I truly believe MadBum could give everyone a run for their money in the derby. Some players are mesmerized by his batting practice sessions. He’s simply a BEAST or “ox-strong, farm-bred,” as Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson described him. After all, he has homered twice off one of the greatest pitchers of our time, Clayton Kershaw. Watch, in awe as MadBum drops two bombs off the star lefty. If these two swings don’t influence you to put him in the derby, I don’t know what will.
Imagine MadBum sailing balls into the sand of Petco Park, Thor using his hammer to crush balls out and Arrieta hitting bombs off of Western Metal Supply Company in left field. Talk about a the best All-Star event ever. Baseball, it’s time for pitchers to be involved in the Home Run Derby!
What would you think of this? Should they be included or have their own derby?
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Milwaukee Brewers catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, was already one of the hottest names on the trade market and with his return this year to elite status, everyone has an eye on him. The tough question for the Brewers is whether to trade Lucroy or not. Let’s examine the pros and the cons.
Milwaukee’s farm system is already among the best in the league and a Lucroy trade would make it a top 3 farm system with ease. Catchers who rake and field their position well are rare so Lucroy’s value is through the roof. He is currently hitting 316/.372/.539 as of June 6, with 9 bombs and an OPS of .911 after a DREADFUL 2014. The Brew Crew would receive an elite prospect package, adding to the already impressive group of players featuring Orlando Arcia, Brett Phillips, Josh Hader, and Trent Clark. The Brewers also have the 5th overall pick in the upcoming draft, bolstering the farm even more. Luc’s contract is incredibly team friendly, making him even easier to move. The future is already bright, but with a trade and draft here, it gets even brighter, looking at possible young stars. Lastly, Lucroy has expressed interest in being traded to a winning team.
To Not Trade
Jonathan Lucroy is a fan favorite with the “LUUUUUCCCC,” chants heard every at-bat. It’s hard to give up one of the faces of the franchise that is so well liked. Everyone thought the Brewers were going to be quite dreadful while rebuilding this year, but they’ve actually been playing well. They are working their way back to .500 with only a few games under now. The bullpen has showed it’s elite with the likes of Tyler Thornburg, Blaine Boyer, Will Smith, and the dominance of closer Jeremy Jeffress. Jimmy Nelson is coming into his own and looks like he could be a 1, 2, or 3 for the rotation for years to come. Overall, the rotation has been serviceable other than the liability of Wily Peralta on the mound. Ryan Braun has returned to his old self and is having one of the best years of his career. Hernan Perez keeps hitting his way into the line up and Aaron Hill has heated up since his rough start. Jonathan Villar has been an absolute stud, hitting over .300, leads the league in stolen bases, and plays an exceptional shortstop. Lucroy is a core player and a leader. Finding another catcher like him is almost impossible. He could be vital in developing young pitchers and will be a valuable bat in the line up. With the revelation of Villar and the elite bullpen, the Brewers could become more competitive sooner than people think. Top prospect Orlando Arcia will soon be playing gold glove caliber D at short and hopefully Villar gets moved over to second because his bat has to stay in the line up. A Braun, Phillips, and Domingo Santana outfield could be great. Josh Hader is showing ace flashes featuring an ERA under 1. It’s hard to put a timeline on young prospects like Trent Clark, but let’s say these prospects I’ve talked about make their way up within 3 years, it could make the Brew Crew competitive. Lucroy would be a central piece for the years to come if he can be retained. The Brewers are quietly putting together a solid core that Luc is crucial to.
My Verdict: To Not Trade
I see Luc being too valuable down the road to trade! The Brewers with their solid play this year may convince him to want to stay. He is more valuable to the Brew Crew for the years to come to help anchor a line up as well as help develop up and coming pitchers. He is one of the few “veteran” leaders on the team along with Braun – which also helps sell tickets. This is an incredibly tough decision that David Stearns will have to make. Would I be upset if he was traded and they received a great return? Absolutely not, I can accept their wanting to position the team for the future. Either way, there are positives and negatives to keep Luc. Personally, I would miss him – and so would my sister who cherishes his autograph and catches because of him.
What would you do as GM?
There is no sport that truly shows all aspects of life like the game of baseball.
Baseball is one of the only sports without a clock, but always has an end. There’s no telling how far the end could possibly be for a baseball game. This can also be said about life. We know we are living, but never truly know when the game of life will come to a close. Throughout the game of baseball, you may miss that fastball down the middle, your golden chance at success. In life, there are times you may have a great opportunity, but miss it. “Strike 3,” calls the umpire as you have your walk of shame back to the dugout after failing. You may sometimes have that bad day in life, but don’t worry, there is always another at-bat, there’s always another day. In life and baseball, it’s important to embrace our mistakes and failures, learn from them to make us all better for that next opportunity, that next at-bat. Go up to the plate after being 0-3 and take advantage of your next at bat, make contact or better yet, smack a home run. Don’t go down just “looking.” Flunk that test or bomb that job interview? There will be another. Go prepare, practice, and kill it when the next opportunity presents itself. Be proactive and don’t go down looking–with opportunities passing you by. Create an opportunity on the baseball field and in your life. You never know when the time will come, but always be ready. After all, baseball is a game of failure….and so is life with many unpredictable variables—But that’s what makes it exciting! Life and baseball can be disappointing and hard at times. So, take responsibility and action through practice, pushing yourself and trying new things. Play every game and live every day to the fullest because you never know when the last game or day of your life will come.
In baseball, a sacrifice bunt or sac fly can be difference makers in a game. In life, let’s say you have that big test Monday, but want to go to the football game on Friday. Maybe money will be tight for you and have to chose whether you spend money on those new shoes or save it for your family’s well-being. There’s always decisions to made about when and how to sacrifice something, in both life and baseball. You could look like a big shot with those Jordan’s and look like the hero hitting that game winning three run homer. Saving that money you spent on those J’s may help your family out a little bit, but you feel no pleasure or status since you don’t have those shoes. Laying down that sac bunt helps the team win games and you may not get any notice or love for it. You sacrificed a chance and your personal stats to look the hero for the sake of the team. Sacrificed those J’s that you think would get all the ladies in order to help your family. Sacrifices may not be easy, but in the end it’s what will make all the difference allowing many to benefit.
A popular saying is that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to win a championship. In baseball and life you can never be successful on your own without anyone helping. A strong supporting cast is always needed. So when things are going badly, reach out to your teammates, family and friends.
In life, you can never have full control of what’s going on. There are always roadblocks. When you go up to bat, you have to go with what pitches are thrown and make the most of it. In life, you have deal with the cards you’re dealt and make the most of it as well. Life and baseball can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes you can do everything right in both and STILL fail. Sometimes things look like they’re going well for both, but change drastically in a matter of moments. From hitting a line drive straight to the CF, missing a home run by inches, having your bat break, or getting a bad call – baseball is unfair. In life, you may be doing great at your job and still get laid off. Everything in your family could be going well, and suddenly tragedy hits. It’s not fair. It’s how you deal with adversity that makes you who you are and how you will eventually succeed. So, get up to the plate, take action, and make something happen.
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OMEDETOU ICHIRO for 4,000 career international hits! He is only the 3rd man to achieve this as you hear in the video. In case your wondering, omedetou means congratulations in Japanese.
Manager Alvin Dark jokingly said something about pitcher Gaylord Perry in 1963, “There would be a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry would hit a home run.” Well, he was right! On July 20, 1969, Gaylord Perry hit a homerun in the third inning off of Dodgers’ pitcher Claude Osteen. After Neil Armstrong landed on the moon! What a coincidence! This was just a cool little tidbit for today.
Watch closely! This play is crazy! I have never seen this before.
Then, the same thing happened at the Brewer game the next day, but the ump had the right call.
WOW is all I can say. This looks like an absolute must see movie! I won’t miss this for sure. One of my favorite all-time players here. Can’t wait till April!!!!!!!
What do you think of the trailer?