Top 7 Best Moments From the First Half of the MLB Season (Giuseppe)

Every MLB season has feats, accomplishments, surprises, comebacks, and disappointment. This MLB season has been no different. For example, who would have thought that the Milwaukee Brewers would be leading the NL Central and finish the first half 5.5 games ahead of the 2016 reigning World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs who are 7.5 games out of the Wild Card Game where the Colorado Rockies and The Arizona Diamondbacks have the two spots for the game? Who would have thought that the Giants, who lost to the Cubs in the NLDS would end up being the worst team in baseball with the exception of the Phillies? That is baseball for you. The 2017 MLB season’s first half has come to an end and now is the perfect time to reflect on the best moments and biggest surprises.

After watching Aaron Judge Dominate the Home Run Derby as everyone expected him to, and the American League winning it’s fifth consecutive All-Star Game with Robinson Cano’s home run in the top of the 10th inning to both give the AL the lead and Cano an All-Star Game MVP and a nice new Corvette, I decided to look back on the seven best moments, plays, and achievements of the 2017 MLB season’s first half. So without further ado, let’s get to the list.

7. Chris Coghlan Leaps Over Yadier Molina

In a rubber match between the Toronto Blue Jays and the St. Louis Cardinals, the score was tied at two when Kevin Pillar hit a fly ball over the glove of Steven Piscotty with Chris Coghlan at first. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and Piscotty picked it up and fired the ball to the plate. Coghlan, who was chugging around third, realized that the throw that was caught on the bounce by Gold Glover Yadier Molina had him nailed, he did what no one thought possible…he jumped over Molina and landed headfirst on the plate without being tagged. It was truly a play that would make Major League Movie Character Willie Mays Hays proud!

6. Nolan Arenado Hits A Walk-off Home Run To Complete Cycle

Nolan Arenado became the fourth Rockie to hit for the cycle and did so in dramatic fashion by hitting a walk-off bomb in the bottom of the Ninth.

5. Aaron Judge breaks Dimaggio’s Yankee Rookie Season Home Run Record In The First Half of The Season

Yankees rookie Aaron Judge has taken the MLB by storm in 2017 and is currently in the running for the Triple Crown. He is a lock for the Rookie of the Year and a shoe in for the MVP. He has also broken the Yankees’ rookie record for home runs hit in a season originally set by “The Yankee Clipper” Joe Dimaggio in 1936, the amazing thing about this is that Judge has accomplished what took a young Dimaggio an entire season to accomplish in the first half of the MLB season. It took Dimaggio 637 at-bats in 1936 to hit 29 long balls while it took Aaron Judge 293 at-bats to hit 30.

At this pace, not only will Judge beat Mark McGuire’s rookie single-season home run record of 49, but he could possibly set another Yankee home run record by hitting 62 or more dingers this season to beat the previous Yankees single season home run record set by Roger Maris back in 1961.

4. Scooter Gennett Hits Four Home Runs In One Game

Of all players in the MLB, the player you would least expect to become the first player since Josh Hamilton in 2012 to hit four home runs in a game would most likely be Scooter Gennett, well on June 7, 2017, he did just that.

3. Chris Sale dominates tying his own strikeout record

On May 19, 2017, Red Sox ace Chris Sale tied his own record when he struck out Josh Phegley of the Oakland A’s to end the seventh inning. Phegley was Sale’s 10th strikeout victim that Friday night and that same night was Chris Sales 8th consecutive game with double-digit strikeout totals. This was the second time that Sale had struck out 10 or more in 8 consecutive games. Only one other player in history has done this even once and that was Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Sale currently has 178 strikeouts this season and is well on his way to strike out 300 batters this season and Perhaps win a Cy Young Award.

This was the second time that Sale had struck out 10 or more in 8 consecutive games. Only one other player in history has done this even once and that was Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Sale currently has 178 strikeouts this season and is well on his way to strike out 300 batters this season and Perhaps win a Cy Young Award.

2. Edison Volquez Throws First Career No-Hitter

On June 3, 2017, Edison Volquez made history by throwing the first (and only as of the All-Star Break) no-hitter of the 2017 MLB season. Not only was this surprising because Volquez is a 34-year-old veteran who has not had a very impressive season in 2017 after a poor 2016, but because it was questionable as to whether he would stay in the game in the first inning after a collision at first base that hurt his ankle. He pitched through the pain and completed a no-no against the Diamondbacks with just 98 pitches.

1.  Albert Pujols Hits His 600th Career Home Run In Grand Fashion

Just one day after Edison Volquez threw his first career no-hitter, Albert Pujols hit a milestone of his own, his 600th home run. Pujols became just the 9th player to ever accomplish the feat in MLB history and if you disclose steroid users than he is just the 6th. He is also the first player to ever hit their 600th career home run in grand slam fashion. If you would like to read more on Pujols’ historic home run than click on the link which will send you straight to my co-writer Daryll’s article that he wrote when the home run took place.

Well, there you have it, the top seven best moments of the 2017 MLB season. Here is a little recap.

7. Chris Coghlan Leaps Over Yadier Molina

6. Nolan Arenado Hits A Walk-off Home Run To Complete Cycle

5. Aaron Judge breaks Dimaggio’s Yankee Rookie Season Home Run Record In The First Half of The Season

4. Scooter Gennett Hits Four Home Runs In One Game

3. Chris Sale dominates tying his own strikeout record

2. Edison Volquez Throws First Career No-Hitter

1.  Albert Pujols Hits His 600th Career Home Run In Grand Fashion

Now feel free to tell me about anything I missed or if you feel you have a better revision of my list in the comment section below.

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