Double Adell and 9 Cool Things From Saturday

Baseball, Love, and Humanity.

I woke up with a spring in my step at 3 am Melbourne time to start my bumper Saturday (well, Sunday morning here!) baseball viewing. Living in Australia has its advantages when it comes to baseball. I enjoyed a full day watching this beautiful game and then got to walk on the beach with my family in glorious sunshine for the afternoon before tucking into writing this with a cold beer and pizza. How was your day?! 

Enough of that, let’s dive right into all the action —here are all the wonderful tidbits you may have missed from Saturday’s slate of games.


Double Adell


It had been somewhat of a slow start for the heralded Los Angeles Angels rookie, Jo Adell. That all changed last night.


Not satisfied with just one, he ordered up a big double home run night! Why not? Welcome to the bigs, young man.


The Master And The Apprentice


…are both tied at the top of the home run leaderboard in Major League baseball so far this season. Just the 19 years between them, don’t you just love baseball.


“Boomstick” went yard again today off Tigers rookie Tarik Skubal with a 437 ft home run with an Exit Velocity of 110.8 mph.


Clearly Nelson Cruz did not like being outmuscled by his partner at the top of the charts, Fernando Tatis Jr. who hit the roof the other night with a 448 ft blast with an 110.4 mph Exit Velocity. My, oh my!


Wild Finishes


Remarkably, two games today were settled by walk-off wins thanks to wild pitches. The first was in the Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees, with Mets reliever Dellin Betances handing victory to his former employer with a pitch way, way too high!


Feeling left out, Craig Kimbrel decided to prolong his miserable time with the Chicago Cubs so far by forcing a pitch low into the dirt – it squirmed under the mitt of Willson Contreras and Nicholas Castellanos sprinted in from third base to win it for the Cincinnati Reds.


Nik Nosferatu


There was some serious intensity on the face of Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nik Turley last night with the game hanging in the balance. And, our friend Rob Friedman was quick to make a terrifying analogy.



A Grand Stat!


I am a bit of a “Statto” as they say in England, and when this flashed up on my screen during yesterday’s Royals v White Sox broadcast, I found immediate joy!


Quadruple Check Swing Check Alert!


Yes, this is the content I am looking for! This is what makes baseball fun.


Boston! Oh, Boston!


It has been a rough season so far for Red Sox fans and if they thought that the year wasn’t going to get any worse after Mookie Betts was traded across the country to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then, unfortunately, they were mistaken. Here is the latest cringeworthy blip in what is turning out to be a disastrous season.


MLB Closed Captioning Strikes Back


What is Luke Voit’s new nickname?


Brotherly Love


Philadelphia is, of course, Greek for “brotherly love”, and that was on show yesterday when the cardboard cutout players of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL headed down to the ballpark to cheer on their fellow sporting neighbors.


Vale Chadwick Boseman


It was with tremendous sadness that the baseball community, along with people across the world, learned of the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43. His sensational portrayal of Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s biopic film “42” will be familiar to many baseball fans. It was solemn, but poignant, that the news of his death came on Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day.


The Los Angeles Dodgers held a moment of silence in respect of the actor before yesterday’s game.


St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty donned a pair of cleats honoring the late actor’s performance in the Marvel Universe film “Black Panther.


There was also news from the Baseball Hall of Fame, where the baseball cap worn by Boseman in the film was posted online.


Some lovely moments across baseball as we pay our respects, be at peace Chad.

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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