Melky Cabrera’s breakout 2011 seemed like a fluke, but so far he’s maintaining his mojo in 2012, hitting .338/.386/.490 for the Giants. The biggest difference seems to be that the home runs he hit are turning into a lot of doubles in AT&T Park, but that’s still fine production.
Fine enough to where, according to Gwenn Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants may start to think about a contract extension:
On Monday, though, general manager Brian Sabean said the team might not delay so long before attempting to lock down Cabrera’s future as a Giant.
“Not necessarily,” he said when asked about waiting until November. “I think it’s different with a transitional player, depending on who the agent is or the appetite of the player. So I wouldn’t say that’s an absolute.”
As Knapp notes, the key for Melky is his conditioning. He let himself go at the end of his time in New York and especially during his lost season with the Braves. But his time in the weight room seems to be paying dividends.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?