Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown ended April on a sour note, hitting just .233 with three home runs in 97 trips to the plate. With two home runs in tonight’s loss to the Brewers, Brown moved into third place in the Major League leaderboard for home runs on the season with 15 as he wraps up a scorching hot month of May. It is his second multi-homer game in his last three games, has hit a homer in four out of his last five games, and is the defending National League Player of the Week. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a player who is seeing the baseball better than Dom Brown right now.
Brown also wraps up the month of May without having drawn a single walk, unintentional or otherwise, making him the first player in baseball history to hit at least ten home runs without drawing a walk in a single month.
Didi Gregorius will wear a mask during games this year. That’s what the Phillies infielder tells the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe, so, that’s why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So, I have to keep it on me all the time.”
Gregorius will wear a mask both while batting and out in the field, he said.
A big reason for it is that he has a chronic kidney condition which makes him “high risk” under Major League Baseball’s safety protocols. He could opt out if he wanted to but Gregorius, who signed a $14 million deal with the Phillies last winter, is a free agent again this coming offseason. He is coming off of a down year in 2019, having hit .238/.276/.441 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI across 344 plate appearances. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and didn’t make his 2019 season debut until June 7. A big reason he took a one-year deal was to reestablish his value for next season’s go-around on the free agent market and he doesn’t want the long layoff going into what could be his last significant payday.
Major League Baseball is not requiring players or umpires to wear masks on the field during games or practices, though it is reportedly looking into clear face shields for home plate umpires to wear under their usual protective masks.
Gregorius will wear a mask to keep himself safe, he said, but he also notes in the article that “I think it adds safety for everybody, for me and people around me.” Here’s hoping, given his vulnerability, everyone around him is being as safe as he is.