PHOENIX — A month from now, July 18, some of Major League Baseball’s best sluggers will converge at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium to put on a show the day before the All-Star Game.
If asked, does Byron Buxton want to be a part of the Home Run Derby?
“I haven’t thought about it,” he said on Saturday. “I don’t take BP, so it’s hard to think about it. People who take BP got their launch angle down pat. I don’t have that. It’s more to me, just watch the ball, hit the ball. It’s a genius It’s something I try not to do while on BP. … It’s something to think about.”
But it would be fun to watch, wouldn’t it?
“If I take it out,” Buxton said with a laugh.
He’s been through a lot this season. On Saturday, Buxton amassed a career-high 19 home runs in just 61 games. This year, it took him even less time to get there – just 49 games – and he is set to wind up with that number in the coming days.
“Just knowing that I could do this in 60 games last year going into the offseason was something to motivate me to get better through the offseason,” Buxton said.
Friday’s home run – his hardest ball of the season of the year at 113.0 mph – was his eighth in 13 games in the month of June.
Buxton, who was out of the starting lineup on Saturday, is doing so during regularly scheduled days off as he deals with a knee issue that surfaced earlier in the season. He is on pace to play around 120 matches.
But his production on the field begs the question: what would the numbers look like if he played a full, healthy season without some of the regular days?
Could he be the league leader? Even on vacation, Buxton’s 19 home runs have moved him to second place in the Majors with Mike Trout and Pete Alonso, behind Aaron Judge of the Yankees.
“For the most part, in this game, the more you’re out there and the more pitches you’re able to see and the more you’re able to work on your timing and your own rhythm to accomplish what you’re trying to accomplish. Do, the better you can get. But by what he’s done, I mean he’s doing things that very few players in this game do,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “I think what we’ve done. Have seen, we will see more than that. More games, more homers, more good balls, more good games. ,
a special father’s day
When Chris Archer learned that his place in the rotation was going to align with Father’s Day, the 33-year-old swung into action.
He booked a flight. He booked a hotel. He booked a car service. Then he passed the information to his father.
“I said, ‘Check your email,'” Chris Archer told his father, Ron Archer. “He said, ‘Oh dude, this is really cool.’ I said, ‘Happy Father’s Day. See you over the weekend.’ ,
Ron Archer arrived in Arizona on Friday night from his home in North Carolina. His son, whose early memories of falling in love with baseball were playing catch with his father in the front yard, is looking forward to putting on a show on Sunday in front of one of the most influential figures in his life.
“It means a lot,” Archer said of pitching in front of his father. “I have some other friends too, and every time I have friends and family here, I almost feel safe like I can’t fail because they’re so proud of me, plus there’s a clubhouse full of people who love me.” Those who are proud of me, a lot. It’s nice to have everyone in my corner, everyone under one roof.”