Young guns and firepower climax the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

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Indians’ pitcher Shane Bieber is an ace, striking out several in the 5th at the All-Star Game. Photo from cleveland19.com, (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Source: John Minchillo).

The arms are much better now than ever.

CLEVELAND – Indians’ pitcher Shane Bieber, along with a pair of Yankees stars, stole the show at Progressive Field, Tuesday night. Bieber, who struck out the side in the fifth inning of the American League’s 4-3 victory over, won Most Valuable Player honors.

You will become a Belieber, of Shane Bieber that is. He is the fifth youngest of all-time to win the All-Star MVP.

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Fourth of July: Fireworks, barbeques, and baseball

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Independence Day is celebrated every Fourth of July. We associated July 4th, 1776, as the day that represents the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the United States as an independent nation.

The Constitution has their definition of this patriotic day, but Fourth of July in my perspective, represents more. 

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The Sports Mania that is March

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We tend to forget that spring is more than just the blossoming of nature, it is also a time for blooming activity and play, such as sports. This season is mainly associated with America’s favorite past time, but also is a hub for soccer, hockey, and basketball.

With the tradition of opening day baseball, and all the hype that sports fans have for college basketball in March, we occasionally overlook other headlines happening. Along with the MLB, the MLS has also begun their season, and with much more hype that the game of soccer is evolving in the US.

With a just a month away from playoffs, this is a pivotal time for the NHL, as well as the NBA.

It is an exciting time watching teams fighting, clawing to make the post season. If you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan, or maybe a Chicago Blackhawks admirer, then it might be another story.

Who’s in, and who’s out?

LAFC, a prominent new franchise in Los Angeles, exceeded expectations last year in their 2018-2019 inaugural season. Wining over 16 games, and scoring over 57 points overall in the MLS standings, for the LAFC was a great achievement.

Being an LAFC fan, I was bummed out when the team got knocked out by Real Salt Lake 2-3 in their first playoff game. It ended with a late goal by Salt Lake, being significant to the team, and how they lost some of their games this season.

I believe that LAFC will make playoffs again, but will hard to repeat such expectations for last year.

There is a bevy of sports to watch right now, and AAF will help relief your football grieving. The Alliance of American Football, has been pleasantly surprising to the football world.

Critics and skeptics rather took notice to some of the rule changes, especially the kick off in the AAF.

It is somewhat a mixture of Arena Football and the CFL, but also unique itself. The lack of kickoffs, is a major step toward making a safer game; the new rule changes give the NFL something to think about on their emphasis on player safety. The other shining element people are attracted to from AAF, is that it is an opportunity for great players to exploit their play.

There are many former NFL players in the new and upcoming game, witch makes it fun to watch. Former pros and college stars, make it interesting to see how the players react to yet, another chance in football.

What teams are going to bloom this March?

Photo by Keenan Hairston from Raleigh [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Home Run Mania!

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The nation is witnessing eye astonishing numbers from Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and now the MLB itself, as the league is on pace to hit over 6,000 home runs this season – the most in history of the majors.

If you’re a huge fan of America’s favorite past time, then what a fun to be alive – unless you’re the “old school, low ERA kind of guy”. *Rolls eyes *

The MLB hitters already broke the record for having most home runs in one month this past June, setting the season record is starting to look like the real deal.

I don’t necessarily this should be alarming, rather I think it should be celebrated. From the perspective of a progressing fan, not obsessing over it yet, gives me more of an incentive to watch this sport.

Perhaps, more excitement necessarily isn’t a bad thing. The Florida Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is break ing baseballs, records to pieces after recording home runs for six consecutive games, leading the National League with 44 overall – which is the most in a single-season in team history. According to the MLB Network, Stanton’s August surge consists of an incredible .368 AVG, 8 HR, and a 16 RBI.

Stanton is on FIRE.

Right now the Marlins’ are getting their money worth with Stanton, and maybe now even something more like value in market, through all the recent trade rumors. Trade rumors or not, it will not be that easy to let go a franchise player like Stanton.

Remember this is the guy who signed the largest contract in not only baseball, but all of sports in North America, according to ESPN. Stanton signed this $325M mega deal just three years ago, eligible to be dealt with in August based on the opt out of his contract after six seasons.

It is definitely hard to see him in another jersey next season. According to sources, if Stanton opts out of his contract after the first six seasons, he will be leaving $218 million on the table over the final seven seasons of his contract.

That would be a lot of money lost.

Yankees slugger, Aaron Judge, is dramatically cooling down after his hot start at the first half of the season, but still tops the AL home run leaders with 37. Even though he just broke a daunting record: 33 consecutive games with a strikeout in a single-season, Judge was still able to awe the nation that game, after clobbering a 457-foot home run into third deck of Citi Field.

Judge is trending down right now, to say the least, but still have confidence he will be in the MVP conversation heading into October. He is still a phenomenon, and a must-watch.

You know who else is on fire this season?

Dodgers’ rookie, Cody Bellinger, is also showing jaw dropping statistics this season. Bellinger, just at 22 years old, has recorded over 35 home runs this season.

His incredible .654 slugger Avg. the past 7 games proves he’s another prodigy, catching fire and too is a must-see. Bellinger gives the Dodgers’ depth and certainly makes them even more of a scary team to face in the playoffs.

Will the Dodgers finally be able to reach their full-potential, and become a World Series team?

Photo by d-deee (Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton (FLA) and Gerald Laird) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons