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The Best MLB Moments from Saturday

Top prospects earn stripes, a new ace in a new place & swatting Stanton

Good Morning folks! Here we will recap the best that Major League Baseball had to offer from Saturday, April 23rd. The weekend is officially upon us and what a better way to celebrate than with some of the coolest, heartwarming moments in baseball. Enough has been made of the disgraceful events that transpired at the Yankees game, so hopefully, this will help you remember the better parts of the game. Let’s start you off with a few appetizers:

Nestor Cortes, what an electric player this is. Plug him into the biggest market in baseball and watch magical things happen. What an incredible effort that you won’t see from a pitcher (maybe ever again in today’s game).

 

The First One to Embrace Mr. Miggy 3,000…

 

Jose Iglesias was the first player to come over immediately after Miguel Cabrera landed on first base to record his 3,000th career hit. A truly remarkable story that Iglesias, former Tigers’ teammate with Cabrera, was able to be part of the game for the opposing Rockies.  Prior to the game, Iglesias was asked about the unique opportunity:

“I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a big thing and hopefully, he can get it done this weekend so I can enjoy it and see it. I mean, I saw like 1,300 of (his hits), I deserve to be here for number 3,000,” Iglesias said, laughing. “I don’t care where he’s at, I’m greeting him.

“I don’t care if it’s at first, wherever. It doesn’t matter … He was a big part of my career. We talk a lot (and) we are very close. He was a big part of my growth as a player and beyond baseball, we are pretty close too.”

Miggy was asked about the hug after the game: “We were talking all season: I’ve gotta wait until he comes to Comerica Park so he can see 3,000. I said, ‘I don’t know, man.’ He said if I get the hit in front of him, he’s going to run to 1B and he’s going to be the first guy to hug me.”

Joey Votto also chimed in (because he’s the social media king of the sport recently) with a subtle nod to what makes Miguel Cabrera special. We may not ever see another 3,000 hit club member, so cherish this day forever fans.

 

Julio Rodriguez FINALLY Gets a Call

(Moment of the Year Contender)

 

Is this correct? Did Julio Rodriguez actually get a called ball four? With the bases loaded. Bottom of the 8th, JRod took a fastball just outside the black with his elite plate discipline and it paid off big time. Not only did it put the Mariners ahead, but they never looked back and it proved to be the game-winning run. What a tremendous reaction from Julio as he glared back at the home plate umpire with an “I’m going to flip out if you ring me up” look on his face. It all culminated with a cool bat flip to celebrate the moment. This kid is going to be a star.

The bat flip rings even more loudly when you consider the above video. Take a look at each pitch and you’ll see the frustration coming to a head. The extraordinary pitch recognition is there, now he just needs some luck to kick in…and it may have started last night!

 

Austin Riley Home Run Trot After a New Tot

 

A day after being activated from the paternity list and Austin Riley sends one out. What a way to celebrate the birth of your child!

 

Soler Gets His Ring

 

The 2021 World Series MVP, which still seems very odd to say out loud received a ceremony from the Braves to collect his ring and trophy. After single-handedly propelling the Braves to glory last fall with crunchtime home runs, With 3 World Series bombs, and an OPS over 1.100, Braves fans certainly had a lot to cheer for today with Jorge Soler.

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Collin Carlone

Collin is somehow a fan of the Phillies & Dodgers simultaneously; although Matt Stairs had some thoughts about that back in ‘08. In his spare time, he plays disc golf like a pitcher in hopes to defy physics enough to be featured by Pitching Ninja.

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