MLB Dingers of the Week,
Stanton Hits No. 50
Giancarlo Stanton is on a tear since the All-Star break, and he solidified his case for the best hitter in baseball with home run No. 50 on Sunday, a 425-foot shot to center field. The hit not only gave the Marlins a 4-2 lead over the struggling Padres, but made Stanton the fastest player to reach 50 home runs in a season since Barry Bonds in 2001, who holds the record for home runs in a season at 73. Although many people debate the legitimacy of the record because of PED issues with Bonds, the MLB officially recognizes the record, and Stanton is now on watch to break it this season. Although the Marlins sit 11 1/2 games back from the Nationals, Stanton has been a bright spot on the roster and it will be a ride for the rest of the season to see whether he can put his name in history.
Cabrera, Sanchez suspended for bench-clearing brawl
Although the Tigers postseason hopes may be all but vanished, they are still keeping games interesting. In Thursday’s game between the New York Yankees (4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox coming into Thursday) and the Detroit Tigers (55-71 and not in playoff contention), the benches cleared after Michael Fulmer hit Gary Sanchez with a pitch. Then Yankees’ reliever Tommy Kahnle threw one behind Miguel Cabrera. Among the players that took part in the fight were Sanchez and Cabrera. Although many players got a few good swings in, the two stars got the worst of the suspensions with Cabrera out for seven games and Sanchez out four.
Hill loses no-hitter in unprecedented turn of events
With the Los Angeles Dodgers demolishing opponents and making a case for the best season in the history of baseball, Rich Hill almost added another highlight to a season absolutely filled to the brim with them. In a pitcher’s duel between the Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, which was tied at zero through 9 innings, Rich Hill was dealing. He had not given a hit up. He lost the perfect game in the 9th because of Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe’s error. With the game still tied through 9, he made his way out to the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning. He faced Josh Harrison, who hit a walk-off home run and ended the game 1-0, making Hill the first pitcher to ever lose a no-hitter off a walk-off home run. In a season full of ups for the Dodgers, Harrison created a rare down for them.
MLB Players’ Weekend
This weekend, Major League Baseball and its teams participated in Players’ Weekend, which brought crazy jerseys, colorful bats and creative nicknames to teams across the league. Among some of the best nicknames were Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge (All Rise), Kansas City Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer (Papo) and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager (Corey’s Brother). We also got to see Ryan “Sherriff” face off against Kevin “Outlaw” Kiermaier. As Dutch Miller said in The Western Code, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us,” and Sherriff prevailed in the battle, handing the victory to the law this time. With the playoff race heating up, fans got to see a glimpse into the relationships the players create in clubhouses with Players’ Weekend before we go into the last stretch of the regular season.