Domonic Brown, Miguel Cabrera named players of the month

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Not too big a surprise here: you AL player of the month is Miguel Cabrera. Your NL player of the month is Domonic Brown.

Cabrera continued a season of sheer dominance in May, hitting .379 (44-for-116) with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 33 RBI, 23 runs scored and 15 walks in 28 games. At times it looked as if no one would ever get him out.

Brown, meanwhile, had his coming out party, hitting .303 (33-for-109) with 12 homers and 25 driven in, slugging .688. He also became the first player in Major League history to hit at least 10 home runs in a calendar month without a walk. Which, hello National League pitchers, perhaps you should see if he can handle stuff outside the zone for a while?

Congrats to Cabrera and Brown.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.