Logan Morrison made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he publicly groused about Gary Sanchez being selected instead of him for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.
On a numerical level Morrison probably had an argument — he had 24 homers heading into the break, which was good to put him among MLB’s dinger leaders — but as far as marquee value, he didn’t. Sanchez has been a better story since his callup last year and, frankly, more fans were likely interested in seeing him instead of Morrison.
Maybe if Morrison had displayed the sort of showmanship he exhibited yesterday when he hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Rays contest against the Angels, more people would’ve wanted to see him. Check out the bat-flip:
Of course it’s also possible people would still want to see Gary Sanchez more and Morrison would just get pitches to the ribs more often. Baseball is sometimes difficult to predict.
Morrison now has 26 homers and is hitting .257/.365/.571 on the year.