Over the course of a 162 game campaign, a lot can happen. We don’t expect you to catch everything that unfolds over the course of each week of the MLB season. Last week in baseball will serve as your guide to everything notable that happened over the course of the previous week of games.
From the walk-offs, sweeps, ridiculous catches, outstanding individual performances and slumps, we’ve got you covered.
Politics in sports? This week, the Indians found a creative way to bring the two together that fans should actually enjoy. The cast from the movie Sandlot got together to celebrate a big anniversary. On the field, we saw some young up-and-coming stars make history, some nifty catches and more! It’s another round of last week in baseball.
1) You’re killing me, smalls!
Believe it or not, the movie Sandlot turned 25 this year (Sorry to make you feel old). And in honor of the childhood classic, the cast reunited at the Dodgers game Saturday and threw out the first pitch. And then after the game, fans had the opportunity to stick around and watch the movie on the jumbotron. Oh, the nostalgia!
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 16, 2018
2) Indians Campaign ads
In case you didn’t know, the Cleveland Indians social media game is strong. In lieu of Washington D.C. hosting the All-Star game, the Indians started putting together hilarious political slander ads like you’d see during election season, urging fans to vote for Indians players. The first one advocated for Michael Brantley over a “candy bar stealing” Aaron Judge. They released a second one on Sunday in support of Francisco Lindor over Manny Machado, who apparently commits the cardinal sin of wearing socks with sandals. Who knew! Well done Indians, well done.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 11, 2018
3) Slugging youngsters
Nationals, 19-year-old prospect Juan Soto got called up last Sunday, by Wednesday he was already making history. Soto became the first teenager to hit a homer at Yankee Stadium since former Braves star Andruw Jones did it in the 1996 World Series. The last teen to do that at Yankee Stadim during the regular season, was just a guy by the name of Ken Griffey Jr, in 1989. That’s not all though. In the Nats 5-4 win, Soto smashed a second homer – a solo shot that wound up being the winning run – becoming the youngest player since Jones to record a multi-homer game in the regular season.
Soto wasn’t the only youngster to put on a show in the game though. Yankees phenom Gleyber Torres hit a solo homer of his own to tie the game at four in the fifth inning. Soto, Torres have a combined age of 41 years, 48 days, the lowest by opposing players to homer in the same game since Mike Tiernan and Egyptian Healy on May 19, 1887.
4) Father’s Day at the ballpark
Nothing says Father’s Day like a day at the ballpark. All 30 teams captured found ways to make Father’s Day special and baseball captured some of the best moments.
5) All-Star Uniforms
There are good uniforms and bad uniforms and this year’s All-Star game unis are definitely the former. Seriously, these are slick and feature some cool, subtle elements representing our nation’s capital. The socks might be the best part.
#AllStarGame, meet D.C.
D.C., meet #AllStarGame.
— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) June 15, 2018
6) Can’t be beaten
The defending World Series Champions are hotter than the heatwave that stuck the Northeast this weekend. Houston’s 7-4 win over Kansas City on Sunday marked their 11th straight win, as they swept a 10-game road trip featuring matchups with the Rangers, A’s and Royals. You have to go back to June 5th to find the last time the Astros lost and they may not be done just yet. Houston plays 12 more games this month and they’re all against teams under .500.
7) Super Ham…ilton
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is really, really fast. And that speed helps comes in handy on the baseball field. Check out this unbelievable catch…
8) Mookie Returns
The MLB’s all-star voting leader, Mookie Betts, returned to the field after missing 13 games with an abdominal strain. He hadn’t played since May 28th after a breif DL stint. In his third game back, Friday, Betts hit his 18th home run of the season and he registered a hit in four of the six games he’s played in since returning. He’s not quite back to tearing it up like he was in the early part of May, but he’s getting his legs back underneath him.
9) Harper’s slump
Baseball is a cruel, cruel game sometimes. No one is realizing that more right now than Bryce Harper. The National League leader in home runs (19) is in the midst of a dreadful slump that has him batting .146 this month. It gets worse the deeper you dig though. Harper has struck out 22 times in 13 games this month, has just seven hits in 48 at bats and has drawn only four walks. Additionally, his swing and miss percentage has jumped from 29.8-percent in May to north of 36-percent in June. In a year where he’s hoping to back up wanting a potential record-setting deal next offseason, the former MVP is a mess and the Nationals are only 5-8 this month because of it.
10) Kluber’s streak ends
Yes, even Indians ace Corey Kluber is susceptible to an off night once an a while. Friday was just that for the two-time Cy Young winner, who was tagged by the Twins for four runs in just five innings of work, in an eventual 6-3 loss to their division rival. It was his fifth loss of the season and his first since May 25. Kluber also saw the end to his historic no-walk streak, which lasted an incredible 46 1/3 innings. The free pass came in the fourth inning to Minnesota third baseman Eduardo Escobar. It was the first walk issued by the righty since May 8 and the longest since Bartolo Colon tossed 48 1/3 innings without a walk in 2015. All good things must come to an end, unfortunately.