Time flies during baseball season. Even one as painful as this one. We’re two weeks from the All Star Game which also means two weeks from the 2022 MLB Draft.
July also means Independence Day. I hope you celebrate the holiday with family and friends, take a moment to be thankful for our freedoms, and have as many fingers on Tuesday as you do today.
Please, please, don’t watch the horrible movie of the same name, though.
Shohei Ohtani provided a lot of fireworks in the month of June. On the mound his scoreless streak is 21 and 2/3rds innings. For the month of June, Ohtani’s posted a 1.52 ERA with 38 K’s in 29 and 2/3rds innings.
But wait, there’s more. At the plate, he slashed .298/.398/.574 with 6 home runs and 17 RBI.
Joe Starkey at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette does a great job here in explaining why the debate is over. Ohtani is clearly the greatest all around player of all time.
Our neighbors to the north are hosting the ASG this season and doing a great job providing multiple ways for fans to enjoy it. The schedule is packed and tickets will sell out for a lot of these so you might want to buy some now.
The Dodgers and Angels are combining forces to get our SoCal stars into the All Star Game and I like it. More exposure for Trout and Ohtani is a good thing.
Taking place during the All Star Break is the 2022 MLB Draft.
ESPN is going big in the draft business. Here is their current mock draft, version 2.0. In this scenario, if Jace Jung is on the board and Perry doesn’t take him I’d be pissed. Odd to say but we have a lot of pitching prospects but not one fast moving bat.
In case you missed version 1.0 here it is. In this case Perry leaves Arizona catcher Andrew Susac on the board. I’m not Turk’s Teeth here, but a stud catcher with a solid bat would be really, really hard for me to pass up.
After you’re done crunching numbers and data remember this is about drama, intrigue, and promise. There are some really great storylines heading into this year’s draft.
Storylines from around baseball include a huge one in Freddie Freeman. His agent never told him about Atlanta’s final offer. One that would have kept Freeman in Atlanta. That’s huge on the field, yes, but we’re also talking about a guy uprooting his family. Bad, agent. Bad.
9 years after being the first overall pick, Mark Appel finally made his MLB debut this week.
And now to a little tradition of mine. My favorite scene from the movie. Just a perfect song to go along with a group of childhood friends playing baseball. Enjoy this clip, enjoy your weekend.