Baseball’s Big 3 have Epic Night

Sports and Bets — August 8, 2017 at 10:30 am by

If you are a baseball nerd like myself, you live for nights like last night.  Since they all debuted, Machado, Trout and Harper have all been mentioned as the best players in baseball, and depending on where you live is probably where you rank them.  If there is ever a time you forget why they are considered some of the best the game has to offer, they all quickly remind why.

Bryce Harper hits home run number #150

We’ll start in our nation’s capital, Bryce Harper hit his 150TH home run on Tuesday night.  Harper became just the 14TH player in MLB history to hit 150 home runs before his 25TH birthday.  Think about that for a minute.  How many guys have played the game of baseball, Harper is one of only FOURTEEN players to hit 150 home runs before turning 25.  Oddly enough another guy on that list is someone I mentioned earlier, Mike Trout.  Harper is leading the Nats to another NL East title and hopefully for him and Nats fans, a lot more.

Mike Trout get hit #1000

Not to be upstaged by Bryce Harper, Mike Trout decided to reach a milestone as well on Tuesday night.  Trout, against our Orioles, got his 1,000TH hit.  He would later add hit number 1001 with a game tying home run, which is also the fourth time he’s homered on his birthday.  Trout is also reaching milestones before most of Major League Baseball, take this little nugget from ESPN.  “He (Mike Trout) is the fourth player in major league history with 1,000 hits, 500 RBIs and 500 walks prior to his age-26 season (season age is determined by a player’s age on June 30), joining Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle.”  Pretty elite company right there.

Manny’s Grand Slam gets O’s back to .500

Ok, so with Machado, he didn’t reach any special milestone with his night like Harper and Trout.  However, his 7TH inning Grand Slam catapulted his Orioles to a huge 6-2 win over Trout’s Angels to get the birds back to .500 and only a game and half back for the second wild card spot.  It’s been a rough season for Machado but it seems like he’s heating up at the right time.  Machado has 9 RBI in his last two games and 12 RBI over his last five games.

For my money, these three guys are the elite of MLB right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great young players eager to join them.  Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Judge (25), Javier Baez (24), Miguel Sano (24), Lance McCullers (23), Nolan Arenado (26) & Gary Sanchez (24).  All players in their mid to late 20s, all performing at high levels.  There are so many guys that I could list, and that’s a great thing for the future of Major League Baseball.

 

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