Here we are again, and back with even more action-packed baseball news. We saw some benches-clearing brawls and some records being broken, so let’s get to it!
Machado Has Some Growing Up To Do
After making a splash in his debut season at 19 years old a couple of years ago, things seemed to be heading in the right direction for Manny Machado. He made the All-Star team at just 20 years old last year and even received a few MVP votes. Though he tore a ligament in his knee at the end of last year, he was still expected to continue his ascent towards becoming a top player in the league.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone as well as he or the Orioles would have liked. He’s played in just 40 games this season, and when he’s had the opportunity to get in, he hasn’t looked like himself. He currently sits at 214th among position players as far as WAR, with a dismal 0.4.
Things continued to head downhill this week for him, as he made national headlines for his actions against the Oakland Athletics. First, he grossly overreacted to a tag placed on him by A’s third basemen Josh Donaldson (which led to Donaldson being beaned) and then the following game he completely went overboard.
After taking catcher Derek Norris out with two hits to the head from his backswing, Machado threw his bat at Donaldson. He couldn’t have made his intentions more blatant, and it was absolutely childish. He clearly had no respect for the safety of the people around him, and for that he was hit with a 5-game suspension. He clearly doesn’t understand the professionalism aspect of the game, which is unfortunate considering the amount of talent he has. As of this writing, where does Machado rank amongst the most disliked players in baseball?
Rollins Heads To The Record Books
Though he may be nearing the end of his career, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins added yet another feather to his cap this week. In the 5th inning of the Phillies game against the Cubs, J-Roll became the all-time hits leader in the team’s illustrious history.
With this record, he passed one of the greatest third basemen of all-time in Mike Schmidt, and he did so in just 21 fewer at bats. This only adds to Rollins’ historic career in Philly, as his name is scattered all across the team’s record books.
He currently ranks in the top 10 in essentially every major category, ranging from home runs to stolen bases. This will be the case when you’ve put together as consistent of a career as he has, and playing 15 years for the same ball club certainly can’t hurt either.
While it’s been rumored that Rollins may be heading out of Philadelphia this season as the Phillies struggle to win games, it’s safe to say he’ll always have a place in the team’s history. If Rollins ends up getting traded, where do you think would be a good fit?
Pair Of Players Make Season Debuts
We’re already over a third of the way into the season (shocking, I know) and yet some players had yet to make their season debuts. No, these weren’t highly anticipated rookies, but rather established veterans who had been forced to sit out for one reason or another.
First was in Milwaukee, as Cincinnati Reds ace Mat Latos finally made his first appearance after missing the first few months of the season due to offseason knee surgery, as well as a strain in his elbow. He pitched incredibly well, holding the potent Brewers offense to just two hits over 6 innings, and didn’t surrender any runs.
The lesser of the two anticipated debuts was in Seattle, where the Mariners got back slugging designated hitter Jesus Montero from a 50-game PED suspension. While he certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations after coming over from New York (in a trade that somehow neither team won), his power should be able to find himself a place on a Mariners team that is just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.
While Latos may be the better player, Montero’s return will probably pay more immediate benefits, just because of the sole fact that he’ll be in the lineup every day. Though both sides have already disappointed, whom would you anoint as the winner of the Yankees/Mariners Pineda for Montero deal to this point?