hey there, Tribe fans, i've got good news! the Minnesota Twins were eliminated from the AL Central Division race and so the Cleveland Indians are now the 2017 American League Central Division Champions! this is the second consecutive season that the Tribe won the division, as they clinched it on September 26 last year, and first time they've won the AL Central in back-to-back years since their dominant stretch from 1995-1999. it's also the club's third division title since 2007 and ninth title overall in franchise history! congratulations, fellas!👏😀👊
okay, so maybe i was on to something when i wrote in the Brantley's 2017 #s Through July blog that this year might need to be a "Just Get Through It" type of season for Michael Brantley. (if you haven't seen it or would like to re-read my theory, it's at the bottom of the post.) except, he's hit a snag in that game plan due to his lingering right ankle sprain, of which the latest status can be found in the DL Updates section of my Brantley's August 2017 #s blog.
Michael will be lucky if he even plays 100 games this year. i never thought that would be a possibility. in my preseason predictions blog, i assumed he'd acquire at least 125 games, and that was including some extra off days to give his right shoulder a break. i could never have anticipated that he'd miss so much time because his ankle would give out on him. i know it's not his fault, but i can't hide my disappointment in the situation, and i'm sure other fans feel the same. forget about Comeback Player of the Year now. at the moment, we just need him to come back, period.😞
so when will Michael return? it's unclear because he has yet to resume running and according to one of the last August updates from Terry Francona, his ankle still needs to heal. but hopefully Michael will be back sooner rather than later in September so that he can get himself going again, and finish out the regular season strong and on a good note, or at least try to, before he and the Cleveland Indians embark on playoff baseball!🤞
since Michael barely played in August, his overall numbers have
what's up, Brantley fans? thanks so much to those of you who read my Brantley's July 2017 #s blog and Brantley's 2017 #s Through July blog. and let me welcome my brand new readers from Ghana, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Belarus, Estonia, Jordan, Mali, and Peru. i'm happy to see you all here!👋
okay now it's time to get into Michael's August because even though he didn't play much, there's a lot of news to cover and, unfortunately, the bulk of that is going to consist of DL updates. although, the updates are lacking in detail (and progression), if i'm being honest.🙁
ankle sprain, ankle sprain, ankle sprain. Michael's had three in 2017 and the one he suffered this month has been the worst of all. case in point, he's been on the 10-Day DL since August 9 and it looks like he won't be rejoining the Indians on the field before mid-September. that mild sprain diagnosis certainly doesn't seem very accurate now. (more information on this can be found in the DL Updates section of the blog a little further down.)
Michael missed out on a lot of stuff in August. he missed the chance to play in MLB's
today, on August 9, the Cleveland Indians placed Michael Brantley on the 10-Day DL with a right ankle sprain. it was diagnosed as a mild sprain despite Michael's original fear of something more severe. the earliest eligibility date for his activation is August 19. this is the second time in less than two months that Michael has gone on the disabled list due to a sprained right ankle, and third time overall in 2017 that it's affected his ability to stay on the field.
Michael Brantley has done an admirable and inspiring job so far in 2017 after missing all but 11 games last year. no one can say otherwise. in fact, he's got a very good chance to be a candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year.👍 however, i am going to make an argument at the bottom of this post that Michael's not fully back to his regular self yet, and likely won't be until next season. so make sure you read all the way to the end for that.📖
but first, let's get into the numbers. this blog consists of Michael's 2017 regular season numbers and statistics from April 3 - July 31.
so far in 2017, Michael has 350 plate appearances and 314 at bats in 82 games
(686.0 innings). in total, he has 94
hits, 29 extra base hits, 65 singles, 20 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 49 RBI, 4 sac flies, 42
runs, 30 walks, 3 intentional walks, 2 hit by pitches, 11 stolen bases
(9 - 2nd, 2 - 3rd), 1 caught stealing (2nd), 7 GIDP, 49 strikeouts (40
swinging, 9 looking), 21 first at bat hits, 140 total bases, 128 left on
putouts, 8 assists, 1 error, and 1 double play.
hi again, Brantley fans! the calendar has now flipped to August and that means we only have two more months of regular season baseball left.😉 time sure is flying. thank you to everyone who read my Brantley's June 2017 #s blog and Brantley's 2017 #s Through June blog. let me also thank those who read my Brantley's First Half 2017 #s blog. and i have to say hello👋 and welcome to the people who viewed my blog in the last month from Czechia, Mozambique, Colombia, and Bangladesh!🗺 wow! i'm humbled, honored, and glad you found my All Things Brantley, All Things Tribe blog!👌
now let's get into Michael's July!📅
this month was highlighted with many special moments for Michael. from his being selected to the AL All Star team, to getting his first All Star Game hit, to collecting his 1,000th Major League career hit, to being part of his first double play of the season, to finally hitting his first home run since April 30, Michael had several reasons to smile about his performance in July.😀
the Indians had 26 games on their schedule this month and, unlike in June, Michael played in every contest except one. in his first nine games before the All Star Break, between July 1-9, Michael bat
today, on July 19, 2017, Michael Brantley reached a milestone in his Major League Career by collecting his 1,000th hit!🎊
photo courtesy of @Indians on twitter
it came in the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park with 1 out in the top of the 8th
inning and the Indians leading, 3-2. while facing left-handed pitcher
Steven Okert, Michael sent a line drive double into the right field corner on an 0-1 count to give him hit #1,000!👏👏👏
Michael Brantley has been an All Star twice now in his career. his first All Star Game appearance came in 2014 and his second just took place this year in 2017. he was voted in by the players to be an outfield reserve both times.
Michael Brantley took part in the 88th annual All Star Game on July 11, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. it was the second ASG of his career and i have all the details!
note: even after the announcement on July 2 that Michael was named to the 2017 AL All Star Team,
he continued to be congratulated and spoke about his All Star nod
several times in the days leading up to the Midsummer Classic. actually, a lot of
things occurred in relation to the All Star Game prior to the event that i thought would be
good to include here. therefore, this blog covers ASG-relevant information from July 6-11. enjoy!
Prior to the All Star Break
July 6: before the Cleveland Indians game versus the San Diego Padres, Michael was interviewed by Andre Knott, the team's in-game reporter for SportsTime Ohio, and an excerpt was uploaded to a youtube video on the FOX Sports Ohio channel.
Knott began by inquiring how satisfying it is that he made the All Star team after everything he's gone through. "it's
hey everyone! can you believe we're already at the All Star Break?
it's definitely needed, if you ask me. except, it won't be much of a
break for some ballplayers, including Michael Brantley, who was selected
as an American League OF reserve
for this year's Midsummer Classic! so as Michael heads down to Miami,
Florida, for the 88th annual All Star Game, let me share his first half
numbers of 2017 with you. and keep in mind, even though teams have
played more than 81 games--the technical halfway point in baseball--all
games played prior to the All Star Break are considered to be part of
the "first half" of the sport.
so far in 2017, Michael has 278 plate appearances and 250 at bats in 66 games
(551.0 innings). in total, he has 76
hits, 23 extra base hits, 53 singles, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 37 RBI, 2 sac flies, 31
runs, 25 walks, 2 intentional walks, 1 hit by pitch, 8 stolen bases
(6 - 2nd, 2 - 3rd), 1 caught stealing (2nd), 6 GIDP, 40 strikeouts (33
swinging, 7 looking), 18 first at bat hits, 110 total bases, 94 left on
putouts, 5 assists, and 1 error.