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MLB News Notes and Mailbags: Week of 5/18

With just about two months worth of baseball in the books, we examine some of the top headlines in the MLB. Starting with a gem. And don’t forget to take a look at last week’s headlines.

  • Nolan Being Nolan

Nolan Arenado is arguably the best defender in the MLB. Plays like the one below have become such commonplace with Nolan that it almost goes unnoticed. But plays like this are not common and do not get made by other third basemen.

  • Odell Crushing

Football star Odell Beckham Jr took BP with the Rays when they were out in Anaheim. He absolutely crushed some balls, maybe he could have had a decent baseball career.

  • Force Strong With Lindor

Francisco Lindor aka Mr. Smiles is always having a good time on the baseball field. That point was never more clear than when Lindor engaged in a lightsaber battle with Orbit-Wan Kenobi

  • Tyler? Bauer

Tyler, I mean Trevor Bauer was in the dugout for the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians series. Bauer made a small alteration to his jersey to rekindle the “beef” between He and Lance McCullers Jr.

  • Chaos In Cincy

Bad blood between two division rivals boils over, over what could be seen as a pointless reason. Amir Garrett didn’t like that Javy Baez his a grand slam off of him a few years ago. So Garrett let out a roar then began to stare down and jaw at Baez. That lead to the benches clearing and tempera being flared. Thankfully no punches were thrown.

  • Bullpenning It’s Happening

The Tampa Bay Rays are living out the dreams of Brian Kenny. In the series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Rays started with reliever Sergio Romo. Romo ”Opened” the games on Saturday and Sunday against the righty dominant Angels lineup. Between Romo’s two ”Opening” performances he pitched 2.1 innings with 6 strikeouts 2 base on balls, throwing 46 pitches (23 strikes) across the two games.

  • Cave Driving

Jake Cave made his Major League debut this past week and promptly drove out his first career MLB home run. After spending many years it the minor leagues it is good to see Cave in the Majors and playing well.

  • Not Since The Mick In 58

Not since Mickey Mantle in 1958 has a player had two Inside the Park Home Runs in a season. Let alone before the month of May is out. Well, Aaron Hicks did just that with his inside the park home run against the Kansas City Royals. The first round-tripper came against the Detriot Tigers back on April 13th.

  • Austin Powers It

John Sterling has unique calls for each of the Yankees and Tyler Austin allowed him to show it off. “Austin Powers It” with two home runs against KS starter Eric Skoglund.

  • The Yankees Truly The Bronx Bombers

The New York Yankees have been living up to the nickname of the Bronx Bombers. So far this season the Yankees as a team have hit 79 home runs. Which is eight more home runs than the next closest the Boston Red Sox (71). And this is without there big power threats getting on a homer streak.

  • Palmeiro No Doubt In Indy Ball

Rafael Palmeiro made his intentions clear he wants to make a comeback. And the 53-year-old is proving that he still has bat speed.

  • Like A Good Gleyber, Torres Is There

Sine the Yankees promoted Gleyber Torres, all he has done is produce. Produce in every facet of the game. It was known that Torres was a very good fielder yet somehow he’s been better than advertised. What has taken the Yankees and their fans by storm is his power. In 27 games the rookie phenom has hit eight home runs. He has nearly tied the entire power output from the ninth spot in the Yankees order from 2017 (9).

  • Near No-No at Wrigley

Cleveland Indians starter Adam Plutko is probably a name most outside of “The Land” have never heard of before. That was until Wednesday night when he took a No-Hitter into the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs. All the potent bats in the Cubs lineup were stymied by the right-hander.

  • Simba Covers Ground

While many have heard of the incredible arm and range Andrelton Simmons has. He does things on a nightly basis just to remind everyone that he reigns over the infield.

  • Castillo Busted

Welington Castillo of the Chicago White Sox has been suspended 80 games for PED’s. I already spoke of the PED problem that MLB has in a previous piece. Removing Steroids From The Game. The one difference however with this suspension from all the others is Wellington acknowledgment and accountability of his wrongdoing.

  • Best Outfield Grab?

While the debate can be had which team has the best outfield in the AL East, the Yankees of the Red Sox. There’s no debate that the Yankee fans in the outfield are tremendous.

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