When the little girl who was told she shouldn’t play baseball gets to meet her favorite MLB player:
When Ashlynn’s story went viral earlier this month, social media went crazy in support of her:
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Legend status 😱 • Last year, Ashlynn, a 7-year old from Toronto, was awarded the MVP award from the opposing team during Regional Finals. “After the game,” said her dad, Dan, “[a parent on our team] told me that girls shouldn’t be playing baseball and that they should stick to softball. Then, at tryouts, the coach cut her from the team.” • Our response? Their loss. • In just 10 days, this 8-year old is headed to #BFANationals to join hundreds of girls from North America and abroad to do what they do best: play baseball. • “I don’t think it has ever occurred to Ashlynn that some people think that girls can’t do things that boys can do,” says Dan. • We’re right there with you, Ashlynn—and we’ve got your back 💪 • #baseballforall #borntoplay #unstoppable #girlscandoanything #girlsplaybaseballtoo #baseballplayers #girlsinbaseball #naturalathelete #divingcatch #baseballseason #travebaseball #empoweredgirls #strongfemale #supporther #sheplayswewin #girlsinthegame #letherplay #baseballtournament #thefutureisfemale #futureofbaseball 📹 @danbaseballdadof6 @jbclac
MLB’s Cut4, the Today Show, and I’m sure countless others picked up her story. Congrats, Ashlynn, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of you!
Eric Pardinho (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Recently, the roster of the Brazilian National Baseball Team (such as for the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic) included players on minor league teams, such as the Lexington Legends, Pulaski Mariners, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Jackson Generals, and Bluefield Blue Jays. There were also players on Venezuelan Summer League rosters as well as college rosters and Japanese Baseball League rosters. So, are any of them still in baseball and who will be the next to make it to the Major Leagues?
Two that might make it are Eric Pardinho and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahashi. Pardinho, a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, is just 18 years old. He is currently ranked number 4 on the Blue Jays’ top prospects list and is the number 88 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. In 2017 at age 16, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays for a $1.4 million bonus. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Last season he had a 2.88 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pardinho was sent to extended spring training in March after experiencing elbow soreness.
Bo Takahashi (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Takahashi, another pitcher, currently plays for the Jackson Generals, the double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2018, between the Visalia Rawhide (A-advanced) and Jackson, Takahashi had a 4.03 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and a 6-6 record in 23 games. The 22-year old Takahashi signed with the Diamondbacks in 2013, when he was 16 years old.
Kudos to the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks for truly being international organizations!
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., in 2018. Photo by Tricia Hall (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Congrats to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., on his promotion to the Toronto Blue Jays! Vlad Jr. made his Major League debut of Friday, April 26, 2019, against the Oakland A’s.
So how did he do? We’ll, besides getting a standing ovation or two, he went 1-for-4, hitting a double in the bottom of the ninth. But the Blue Jays won the game and Vladdy has arrived, so that’s all that matters.
In fact, on Wednesday, Twitter was all excited with the announcement that Vlad Jr. was being promoted to the big leagues:
This was a great graphic showing the first player born each decade to make it to the big leagues:
And, of course, Adam Jones’ reaction:
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr, in 2018. Photo by Tricia Hall, via Wikipedia.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., turns 20 today. The Blue Jays top prospect signed with Toronto in July 2015, and received a signing bonus of $3.9 million. He made his professional debut with the rookie league Bluefield Blue Jays on June 23 that same year. He spent 2016 with Bluefield before being promoted to the class A Lansing Lugnuts in 2017. After appearing in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game, he was promoted to the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.
Guerrero spent the 2017-18 off season the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League and then started 2018 with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, was promoted to the AAA Buffalo Bisons in July, and played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Unfortunately he recently suffered an injury, ending his time in spring training with the major leaguers
Check out his stats below to see why he’s considered a top prospect.
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Happy Stat-urday! And happy birthday, Vlad, Jr.!