July 3, 2019
While Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be in the dugout for the National League next Tuesday night when the annual Major League Baseball All-Star game is played, he wasn’t voted into the game, he was chosen.
So last night as the Bucs played the first place Chicago Cubs on national television, Bell and his teammates use the platform to showcase what they are capable of by destroying and blowing out the Cubbies with a final score of 18-5. Basically, in equating it to football, Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns and two safeties. 18 runs and 23 hits later, Bell came to the plate six times and banged out four hits including three home runs. He padded his league lead in RBIs by adding seven more.
The teams’ 18 runs scored is not a team record but ironically on September 16, 1975, the Cubs and Pirates were in a game that had a final of 22-0 in favor of Pittsburgh. I remember listening to that game on the radio as Bob Prince made the call and Rennie Stennett had seven hits in seven at bats. It was the largest margin of victory in Pirates’ history but Monday night’s game was nearly as bad for Chicago.
In the process of the royal beat down, Adam Frazier had five hits four of those doubles which ties a major league record for most two-baggers in one game. With Bell smashing three round trippers, he becomes just the 20th Pittsburgh Pirates player to have three home runs in a single game in the team’s history. Interestingly enough, the last left handed batter to have three was “Pops”, Willie Stargell who did it way back in 1971. Frazier’s four doubles has been done over 40 times before him but he joins that long list with most ever in a game.
For Josh Bell, not only will he get a chance to step to the plate next week against the American’s League’s pitching staff, he’ll also be participating in the Home Run Derby which for the first time this year will pay the winner $1 million. To win that, for the time being, Bell will have to slug more homers than Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero, Cleveland’s Carlos Santana (no not the musician), the Mets Pete Alonso, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, and Atlanta’s Ronal Acuna.
As for last night’s blowout, as a memento, look below for the box score and scoring summary.
Be prepared to have many more Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That’s because the hall is considering allowing up to 20 enshrinees in once class beginning next year. The president of the Hall of Fame David Baker made this statement:
“It is extremely elite company, and it's not the Hall of very, very good. It's the Hall of Fame, and so it should be difficult to make it. But there's a lot of guys through the years, we've had several guys who are on All-Decade teams who aren't in the Hall of Fame. And so this is an opportunity with the centennial coming up, and what we've looked at potentially and has been approved, at least in concept, by our operating board - but we're going to have to go through the full board - is that potentially we would have 20 Hall of Famers enshrined for the year 2020. It would be the five normal modern-era players elected from 15 finalists, and then it'll be 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches. But again, I want to stress that that's got to be something that is passed by our board at its meeting on Friday, Aug. 2.”
This Saturday is UFC 239 and the card is amazing. Check out the official poster and fight card on the MMA/Boxing page. My predictions on the major fights of the card comes later this week.