Each team has at least one significant individual that is the consummate ballplayer who represent everything the franchise is about. As we take a look at each team which ballplayer shows to be the most influential player to donned a uniform for that franchise. Some teams will have an obvious pick chosen to represent their team. What about the teams that were successful in multiple eras? We can only choose one player for each team that deserves the title Mr. Baseball.
Mr. Baltimore Oriole is Frank Robinson
Everth Cabrera provided one of the most exciting finishes in baseball so far this year. The San Diego Padres had Everth Cabrera pinch run in the 9th inning and with two outs he caught the Dodgers napping. Down to their last strike, Cabrera took off for home, then in a strange sequence of events was ruled out. Within seconds, catcher A.J. Ellis was seen chasing down the ball behind home plate, in which umpire Greg Gibson then changed his mind and ruled Cabrera safe. Not only did the Padres tie the game, Will Venable followed him to the plate with the winning run.
Talk about literally stealing a game. Check out this wild play!
The much-anticipated 2012 Major League All-Star Game has come upon us. Fans have stuffed their ballots at all 30 stadiums and hacked into the internet sites several times to ensure that their favorite player makes the team. Each year unfortunate injuries occur, and some of those potential All-Star players won’t generate enough votes to make the team. With over 100 ball players on the disabled list, there are enough players on the list to make my own All-Star team. I am basing all my choices off of last years performances. Here is my starting line-up.
Boston Red Sox LF Jacoby Ellsbury
In 2011, Jacoby had an MVP like season, joining the 30-30 club. He batted .321, with 32 HR, 105 RBI, 46 2B, 39 SB and a career high 212 hits. He has blossomed into an everyday player but has been injured with subluxation of right shoulder since the Red Sox home opener. He is currently on the 60-day DL and is scheduled back after the All-Star break. Boston will be happy to see the speedy Ellsbury back in centerfield and leading off things at the top of the order.
Los Angeles Dodgers CF Matt Kemp
2011 National League MVP runner-up went to Mr. Kemp, as he was one home run from joining the prestigious 40-40 club. In 2011, Matt batted .324, with 39 HR, 32 2B, 126 RBI, 40 SB and 195 hits. He started the 2012 season in the same fashion leading the National League in average and home runs before pulling his hamstring in the end of April. He came back a month later and re-aggravated it again. Matt Kemp is scheduled to be back in the first place Dodgers’ line-up after the All-Star break.
Jake Peavy was a bit peeved after his start against the Yankees, which turned into 4-0 loss thanks largely to the home run ball. Peavy unleashed his thoughts on Yankee Stadium:
“They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run,”
Milwaukee Brewers utility infielder, Taylor Green, made an amazing hustle play during last night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his team up 10-2 in the 9th inning, many players probably would have let this one dribble in for an infield single. Not on Green’s watch! What’s amazing about this play is he’s charging the ball while having to throw a strike across his body to nail the runner. Just a tremendous play!
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