We saw Cubs rookie outfielder Jorge Soler go deep in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday night. Well, last night, the 22-year-old delivered his first career multi-homer game. He first hit a game-tying solo homer off Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller in the seventh inning before launching a two-run blast in the eighth.
Check out the impressive power display below:
The sound off Soler’s bat on that second home run was something special. Just in case you were curious (and I know you are), the first one traveled an estimated 420 feet to dead-central while the second went even further, at an estimated 438 feet.
Soler finished the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .636 (7-for-11) over his first three games in the majors. The Cubs might have something here.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.