Rookie Power: Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger can’t stop destroying baseballs

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are giving baseball its luster again with remarkable hitting feats.

Every so often Major League Baseball is blessed with players that come into the league and set remarkable records as rookies. This year will more than likely be one of those years.

In 1936, Joe DiMaggio debuted for the New York Yankees. He ended the season with a .323 average, 206 hits, 44 doubles, 15 triples, 29 home runs and 125 RBI’s. His 132 runs scored is an American League rookie record to this day.

In 1964, Tony Oliva had one of the greatest rookie seasons ever. Playing for the Minnesota Twins, he lead the American League in hits with 217, 43 doubles, 109 runs and batting average of .323. He became the first rookie to ever win the league batting crown. He won Rookie of the Year and almost became the first rookie to win the rookie of the year and the MVP awards in his first season.

11 years later, In 1975, Red Sox rookie Fred Lynn become the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the American League MVP. He batted .331 and had 105 RBI’s and led the league in runs with 103, 47 doubles and ended with a .566 slugging percentage. He helped the Red Sox win the pennant that year as well.

While other rookies have come in to the league and had excellent years, practically none have accomplished what Ichiro Suzuki has.

In 2001, Ichiro Suzuki moved from Japan to play with the Seattle Mariners. He led the American League with 242 hits, 56 stolen bases and a .350 batting average. He became the first rookie to win a batting title, Rookie of the Year and the MVP awards in his first season. His 242 hits in his rookie season still is a MLB record.

And now we have two rookies hitting home runs at an incredible pace in Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

The current record of 49 was set by slugger Mark McGwire and the next closest number being set by Frank Robinson in 1956 at 38. He is the only rookie to have more than 40 home runs in a single year.

As of late, these two rookies are topping each other night in and night out. This could be the year we witness two rookies exceed the 40 home run mark.

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are adding a bit of excitement back to baseball midway through the 2017 MLB season. Fans are definitely getting their money worth.

 

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Major League Baseball snubs Pete Rose yet again

Major league baseball has not been kind to the legend, Pete Rose. Rose has been eligible for the hall of fame since 1992 but off the field issues have prevented his induction. Will Pete Rose ever make it to Cooperstown?

Another baseball hall of fame ballot has passed and another year Pete Rose has remained off the official ballot.

Once again, baseball politicians have left the world disappointed or at least wondering when Pete Rose will be recognized. At-least his baseball achievements and not his off field actions.

The point that needs to be made is other players have disgraced the game of baseball and current players continue to do so. The difference is at some point, those players will have an opportunity to be voted into baseballs hall of fame. It’s almost as if baseball wants to single out one the greatest players to take the diamond and reject his career stats which are undeniably deserving of a hall of fame spot.

The Case:

Pete Rose’s 24 year career achievements are as follows:

1963 Rookie of the Year

2x NL Gold Glove Winner (1969,1970)

17x NL All-star (1965,1967-71,1973-82,1985)

1981 NL Silver Slugger

3x Batting Champion (1968,1969,1973)

3x World Series Champion

1973 NL MVP

1975 World Series MVP

The Probable:

Rose did admit to betting on his team to win games but how can the baseball Veteran’s Committee continue to punish those staggering numbers? It’s understood that the rules are the rules but baseball continues to allow illegal substance users to escape permanent ineligibility and are voted in to the Hall of Fame.

Notable players like Roger Clemons with 300 career wins as a starting pitcher, Mark McGwire  70 home-runs in a single season, and Barry Bonds a career record of 756 home runs will or have had their names included on the hall of fame ballots, but yet Rose has not.

At a minimum, the committee needs to give the public and hall of fame voters the chance to place Pete Rose where he rightfully belongs. In 2016, the Cincinnati Reds honored Rose by retiring his number and establishing him in the Reds hall of fame. So again, why is the MLB committee continuing to punish one player for his guilt when we consistently turn the cheek to others players who are destroying the game of baseball with performance enhancing drugs.

The Twist:

Yes Pete Rose was wrong. Yes, Rose admitted that he was wrong in gambling on his team to win games. He also has paid his dues and served his punishment. Compared to the amount of players who are consistently testing positive for PED’s and only receiving lifetime bans after the third infraction. It’s only fair that Pete Rose is given another opportunity. 10 years and counting is long enough. Its time to place Pete Rose where he rightfully belongs – in Cooperstown, New York and that should come as early as next year.

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