On this day in 2012, Aaron Hill became the first modern-era player to hit for the cycle twice in one season since Babe Herman accomplished the feat with the Brooklyn Robins in 1931. The Diamondbacks won that game against the Brewers, 9-3.
Sadly, I am unable to share the poll updates for this week but I will encourage you all to vote five times each day because the deadline is THIS THURSDAY. So make sure to head on over to mlb.com!
Need help on who to choose for each position? Here's who I am picking for this week:
Salvador Perez (KC), American League
Buster Posey (SF), National League
Justin Smoak (TOR), AL
Ryan Zimmerman (WAS), NL
José Altuve (HOU), AL
Daniel Murphy (WAS), NL
José Ramirez (CLE), AL
Nolan Arenado (COL), NL
Xander Bogaerts (BOS), AL
Chris Owings (ARI), NL
Avisail Garcia (CHI), AL
Aaron Judge (NYY), AL
Josh Reddick (HOU), AL
Charlie Blackmon (COL), NL
Marcell Ozuna (MIA), NL
Bryce Harper (WAS), NL
Corey Dickerson (TB)
*Some players have HUGE leads in their categories so an extra vote would just add to that. Make sure to vote for whomever you want while also looking out for the guys who deserve it!
Welcome to the Best Coast, where three teams in the National League are fighting for three playoff spots already and the best team in the MLB resides in the American League. Things are looking up for this part of baseball and it cannot be more exciting.
On this day in 2007, the fifth longest consecutive game streak in baseball history came to an end at 1,152 when Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada sat out when he played the Diamondbacks in Arizona due to an injury. He was struck by San Diego player Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius. He continued his streak the day before, but was lifted for a pinch runner in the first inning.
Time is running out before the starters are decided for this year's All Star Game! Everything you need to know about which player is leading in which position and who would most deserve your vote is here! Click below to find all that out!
Guess what came to baseball now?! It's time to know how our rookies are doing in baseball right now since our time in hockey has finished (sorry for not starting earlier).
Rookies like Aaron Judge will definitely make popular appearances here but other rookies that will make impacts for their teams in the future (instead of winning awards in the present) will also show up as well. Enjoy the first edition of what will be a long season of rookie success!
Might as well start off with the best for rookies and maybe in baseball right now. Judge leads THE MLB in home runs (23), runs (60), on base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.704), and on base plus slugging (1.148). Besides leading those categories in the AL, Judge also leads the AL in walks with 44 already.
This week alone, he hit four home runs, including a two-homer game at home against Baltimore last Sunday. His average for this week is .357 after going 10-for-28 at home and on his West Coast trip. The outfielder is currently hitting at .335 with 52 RBIs so far.
Did you know? As a high school senior, Judge held the single-season touchdown record with 17 TDs. He also had 54 receptions that went 969 yards that year.
Gamel's big highlight this week was a great catch that he made against the Twins where he ran into the wall, lost his hat, let his long hair flow free, and caught the ball. If you watch the video as it happened and not slowed down, you will believe that he was broken in half, but he luckily was fine after the play.
Besides being good defensively, Gamel is doing great offensively in June with an average of .406 for this month alone. The outfielder also recorded his first two stolen bases of his career this month. Gamel is hitting .343 for the season.
Did you know? Gamel was Yankees' property until last season when he was traded by them in late August for pitchers.
After missing all of May and a good amount of June, Haniger is nearly back to where he was in April, offense-wise. His average for the season is .330, while his average for June is at .300.
Keep in mind that Haniger has only had 30 at-bats this month while when he was healthy he had 79 at-bats for April. Once he plays the rest of the month, people can finally see how great he is and why they should not forget his name.
Haniger hit his fifth home run this week against the Twins and had two RBIs in that game. His biggest feat against the Twins this week was his four hit game on Monday, which included three singles, one double, and two RBIs.
Did you know? Haniger, along with Jean Segura and Zac Curtis, were the people traded to the Mariners when the Diamondbacks received Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.
The current wins leader for the rookies, the Rockies, the National League, and the MLB, is 9-2 this year. Yep, that's right. This guy is tied with Kershaw and Keuchel for wins.Senzatela also leads the team in walks plus hits per inning (WHIP) at 1.21.
This week, Senzatela pitched six innings against the Giants and had six strikeouts, but gave up five earned runs. Somehow, Senzatela was still able to get the win and has been 2-0 in June (one game was a no decision).
His ERA is 4.10 right now but his team is giving him great run support and can help him become an even better pitcher for them as they remain in first place.
Did you know? Senzatela was the NL Rookie of the Month for April, after going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings pitched.
The Brewers first baseman is hitting .288 with 6 home runs and 21 RBIs with 132 at-bats for the season.
Aguilar had three hits this week, including a home run, and had an average of .458 against the Cardinals and Padres. His on base percentage for June is .400, higher than the .381 from May.
Did you know? Aguilar has been called up to the bigs in the past three seasons with Cleveland but was never around for too long (the longest being 19 games). I guess the saying about a new surrounding is true!
Arguably the equivalent to Aaron Judge on the National League side, due to his power and big name club, Bellinger has been anything but silent since he came up on April 25th as a temporary call-up (that obviously changed).
He came in a way that would be considered decent for rookies by getting his first hit in his first game and then he had his first home run on his fifth game. The thing with that game is that he also hit another one that night, which also made it his first multi-homer game in his career that night. Five games?!
He then went on to hit three more multi-homer games and is now at 19 home runs, second in the National League and fourth in the majors. His four multi-home run games happened within a span of 45 games and is the fastest ever for a rookie.
Many players take their time to start feeling good and hitting them out of the park, but Bellinger just found his power stroke right away and took the home run from his team and then nearly took over the NL as well.
In his road trip to the Midwest, Bellinger hit .333 and went 9-for-27, including a multi-home run game that had the walkoff homer against Cleveland.
Did you know? Bellinger was on the Chandler National Little League team (AZ) that went to the U.S. semifinals in the 2007 Little League World Series.
See you very soon! Excited for the rest of the season with these rookies!
Happy Father's Day to everyone! Hope you all go out to a ball game or just enjoy the day with someone you love.
This week features the Central Division and goes in order of their standings. What is interesting about the Central right now is that the Brewers are leading it in the National League. Many would have predicted them being in last place, but the Reds occupy that place instead while the Pirates are in second to last. Maybe the magic from the Stanley Cup can help them this year?
For the American League, Minnesota is still tied for first with Cleveland. Again, Minnesota has been another surprise in the Midwest and they have not slowed down yet.
Cleveland is a surprise in how they have not been dominating much this year, but Chicago has that issue as well. They have the talent to turn it around and they are not too far down the standings to panic completely. It's still the first half of baseball and they have ways to go to get back to the postseason and go on another run.
On this day in 1999, Brewers' pitcher Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, got his first hit in his 11-year career. He previously played in the American League and could only hit until after 1997, when interleague was introduced.
Things are getting more interesting in the National League as more players that deserve to start are getting their votes to actually do that! Let's start off with who is leading in the National League in votes: (click below!)
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend and saw some good games! Also, I hope that you vote for the All Star Game and get your favorite players in or those who really deserve it!
This week's photos provide a snapshot into the East and if you want to vote for players there, here's what life is like for them. The photos also go in order of their current standing for each league.
Summer isn't complete without baseball.