The National League has looked shriveled in comparison to the American League’s power bats.
The top five home run totals in 2013 all belong to AL sluggers. Chris Davis (49) and Miguel Cabrera (43) make the NL home run leaders about as threatening as the Pirates any of the 20 years before this one. It’s a Pirate who leads the NL home run charge, too – Pedro Alvarez with 32.
Dom Brown, who one time hit 11 home runs in 15 games, is actually in a seven-way tie for 14th place in all of MLB, with guys like Raul Ibanez. Also, Raul Ibanez. His time off for Achilles issues did not help his bat heat up. And now, he aches to smack long balls like he used to, quarantined to the dugout, where he acts out revenge scenarios in his head of hitting a home run off a pitch thrown by his own Achilles. His goal for the year had been 30 dingers, which was completely realistic, it turns out, he just has that stupid Achilles. Thanks a lot, Ryan Howard Disease.
With a mere 13 games left in the season, it seems unlikely that Dom is going to just go off any time soon, especially since he’s not even cleared to be in a lineup yet0. Unless he convinces management that he is good to go, he may not play in another game this year (though he disagrees). He is cleared for “baseball activities,” so he can touch the bats and stuff, but his breakout season clearly will be ending on a sad, broken note.
Some day, he’ll come back and hit more home runs. That will be nice.
Stupid future, not being here yet.