It took 32 at-bats, but Mike Stanton collected his first major league home run in grand style against the Rays on Friday night, hitting a first-inning grand slam off Matt Garza.
According to the Associated Press, Stanton actually hit the home run with Dan Uggla’s bat, and as you see with the picture to the right, Stanton went with the high socks at the recommendation of Cody Ross.
“Dan’s bat and Cody’s idea to put pants up,” Stanton said. “The only
reason I hit it. Full credit to them.”
Yeah, that’s why it happened.
The 20-year-old Stanton joined Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Conine, Chuck Carr, Quilvio Veras and Craig
Counsell on the list of Marlins whose first career homer was a grand
slam, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Hermida was the last to do it.
Hopefully this was just the first of many, you know, as long as it’s not against my Mets.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.