MLB Watch: Sabathia’s Jordan PE Steals the Show

MLB Watch: Sabathia’s Jordan PE Steals the Show

MLB Watch: A Focus on what players wear around Major League Baseball

words_Nick Engvall

It’s been a crazy week in Major League Baseball. A-Rod and Strasburg are both taking some time on the DL to nurse injuries, Albert Pujols has crept up the 400 home run mark for his career, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are quickly becoming one of the best rivalries in baseball.

While last week it seemed that division leaders seemed to be the key match-ups, this week it seems to be possible post-season previews that litter the schedule. In the American League, the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins are in the midst of a heated series. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds are doing battle as well.

This week’s MLB Watch is highlighted by some eye-catching footwear not available yet to those without a big league contract. Robinson Cano seems to be enjoying the Nike Diamond Elite, and with his colorway being subtle he doesn’t have to worry about being fined like Brian Wilson. David Ortiz has been making the most of his Reebok U-Form Player Exclusives. However, it was CC Sabathia that really stole the show, wearing some “Concord” Jordan 11 cleats to grab his American League-leading 17th win of the season.

Derek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback PEDerek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback PE.

Robinson Cano in the Nike Diamond Elite PERobinson Cano in the Nike Diamond Elite PE.

Derek Jeter and Robinson CanoDerek Jeter and Robinson Cano wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback PE and Nike Diamond Elite PE respectively.

Jon Jay lays down a bunt wearing the Nike Air Max MVP.Jon Jay lays down a bunt wearing the Nike Air Max MVP cleats and Show Elite batting gloves.

Kyle Lohse pitches wearing the a glove from the Rawlings Heart of the Hide collection.Kyle Lohse pitches wearing the a glove from the Rawlings Heart of the Hide collection.

Albert Pujols wearing the Nike Diamond Fury PE.Albert Pujols slides in safely wearing the Nike Diamond Fury PE.

Evan Longoria wearing Nike Evan Longoria wearing Nike Shox Fuse cleats and Nike Batting Gloves.

Hunter Pence makes a nice catch wearing Reebok cleats.Hunter Pence makes a nice catch wearing Reebok cleats Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.

Barry Zito had a rough start wearing Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.Barry Zito had a rough start wearing custom stitched Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove.

Buster Posey wearing Under Armour catcher's equipment and cleats.Buster Posey about to make use of his PE Under Armour Pro catcher’s equipment.

Vladimir Guerrero wearing the adidas Diamond King PE.Vladimir Guerrero wearing the adidas Diamond King PE.

David Ortiz wearing his PE Reebok U-Form cleats.David Ortiz wearing his PE Reebok U-Form cleats.

C.C. Sabathia breaks out another Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.CC Sabathia breaks out another Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.

Another look at Sabathia's Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.Another look at Sabathia’s “Concord” Air Jordan 11 Player Exclusive.

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MLB Watch: Sabathia’s Jordan PE Steals the Show

Pujols’ Straight Line to the Hall of Fame

words_Nick Engvall

Albert Pujols' 30th home run furthers his straight line to the Hall of FameThis past weekend Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals crushed a home run into center field of Busch Stadium. While the Cardinals ended up losing the game to the Chicago Cubs, the home run was significant in other ways.

Pujols’ home run on Sunday gives him 30 for the season, making him the first player in history to hit 30 home runs in each of his first ten seasons, an incredible feat to say the least.

Pujols’ accomplishment has never been done before, but that has been the case with this very same statistic for years. The only player to come close would have been Mark McGwire, ironically Pujols’ batting coach in St. Louis. McGwire ran off four straight seasons (not counting a short call up in 1986 which didn’t even qualify him as a rookie) at the start of his career from 1987 to 1990.

Like Barry Bonds, Pujols finds himself batting comfortably in the number three spot in the batting order. With fellow Cardinals slugger With Matt Holliday agreeing to a seven-year deal to keep him with the Cardinals, Pujols is likely going to see his numbers continue to improve. Opposing pitchers will have no choice but to pitch to Pujols in the number three spot, especially with Holliday’s power batting right behind him in the cleanup spot.

Another cleanup spot hitter that has been stealing the spotlight with home runs this season is Alex Rodriguez, who earlier this season became the youngest player to reach the 600 home run mark.

However, Pujols seems to be quietly overshadowing the Yankees’ slugger. Pujols’ reserved demeanor combined with the smaller market of St. Louis doesn’t get the same attention that the glamor and glitz of A-Rod in New York receives. Pujols’s tenth consecutive season with 30 home runs is no fluke. In fact, it is backed up with over 100 Runs Batted In and a batting average well over .300 in each and every season.

At 30 years old, Pujols is already one of the best hitters the game of baseball has ever seen. If he were to play 20 years, and his current totals of 1854 Hits, 396 Home Runs, and 1198 Runs Batted In doubled, Pujols could be pushing the record books skyward in all three categories.

For most players, slumps seem to come and go, but for Pujols his performance seems to be as consistent as his demeanor. That consistency hasn’t been marred by controversy and accusations like many other players in the league over the last 20 years. It seems the spotlight might not be as important to him as leaving his mark on the game, a quality that Major League Baseball needs most in its era of controversy, which makes Albert’s future destiny in Cooperstown almost guaranteed.

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