With players practicing social distancing and not meeting for large gatherings, they have to do what they can to stay in shape and on their game.
The 26-year-old posted consecutive 40-homer seasons in 2017 and 2018. He made the All-Star team last year and had a .986 OPS in 70 games before undergoing surgery for a broken hamate bone. And now he’s even hitting bombs inside his building.
The Texas Rangers’ offense may be taking a hit over the next few weeks.
Outfielder Joey Gallo is set to undergo surgery for a broken hamate bone, according to The Athletic’s Levi Weaver. Weaver believes the timetable is 3-6 weeks for a recovery.
Recovery time on this varies. Usually 3-6 weeks, but occasionally takes awhile to get the swing exactly right afterward. For an best-case scenario, I present exhibit A: Matt Olson, who had the surgery in March, and still has 21 HR this year.
Gallo was removed from Tuesday’s game and did not play on Wednesday due to the injury. The 25-year-old is batting .253 with 15 doubles and 22 home runs. He’s always had tremendous power, but this is the first year he’s had a respectable batting average, as well as more walks than usual. As a result, his OPS is .987 for the season, and he made the All-Star team. Texas may call up Willie Calhoun in Gallo’s absence.
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after a bizarre mishap during batting practice.
Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake tweeted that Gallo was scratched after colliding with teammate Delino DeShields Jr in the outfield during batting practice. After originally saying that Gallo had a “little” blurred vision, Blake later added that Gallo suffered a contusion to his left eye and would be undergoing further examination.
Gallo scratched after colliding with DeShields in outfield during BP. Has a little blurred vision.
Joey Gallo has made it known he does NOT want to play third base for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers have been contemplating backup plans with Adrian Beltre on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Texas has reportedly discussed Gallo as an option. To say he’s not enthused about the possibility of playing third base is an understatement.
“I don’t want. I don’t like it,” Gallo told MLB.com. “I hate it, no joke. I hate third base.”
“I’d rather catch,” he continued. “No joke.”
Since arriving in the majors in 2015, Gallo has started 80 games at third base. He also spent the majority of his time in the minors at third, so he’s no stranger to playing the hot corner. However, it certainly sounds that Gallo’s preference is not to return unless it’s absolutely necessary.
This season, Gallo has split time between left field and first base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Renato Nunez have also spent time a third base this season. Kiner-Falefa has started the Rangers’ last few games at third base.
Bartolo Colon’s ageless charm recently proved to be too much for one of his new teammates on the Texas Rangers.
In an appearance on “The Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan, Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo told a funny story about how he accidentally called Colon by his famous “Big Sexy” nickname … in the middle of a play. The 24-year-old was manning first with a runner on during a recent Colon start against the Oakland Athletics when a groundball was hit his way.
“I missed [first base], actually,” said Gallo, according to SportsDay. “I was trying to find it, the runner beat the throw, but I was actually – in the heat of the moment – I threw it [to second base] and I turned around and Bartolo is already kind of running over and he’s close to the base, and I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it.’ And I was actually calling him Big Sexy on accident. I don’t know why, it just came out. That’s just what I call him.
“So, I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it Big Sexy. Don’t worry.’ He peeled off and let me get it, but the guy was safe anyway,” Gallo continued. “But I was thinking in my head, I was like, ‘Damn, I was calling him Big Sexy. I don’t know if I should do that in the middle of a play.'”
The 44-year-old Colon is in his first season with the Rangers (and 21st season overall), and it is obvious that his reputation as the legendary Big Sexy very much precedes him. You can’t really blame Gallo for the funny slip-up either, seeing as the moniker is so iconic that it has even inspired its own apparel.
Matt Bush and Joey Gallo are in concussion protocol after colliding with each other during Sunday’s game against the White Sox.
Bush was pitching to Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico during the 8th inning of Texas’ 3-2 loss to and got the first baseman to pop up to shallow third. The Rangers were playing a shift for Delmonico, meaning Gallo was near shortstop to start the play. Knowing his defense was in a shift, Bush raced over to catch the popup and collided with Gallo.
Here's the collision that knocked Joey Gallo and Matt Bush out of today's game vs. the White Sox. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/oQxzyhRmHO
We get why some MLB stars shy away from participating in the annual Home Run Derby. Some think that the event can mess up a swing. It’s actually kind of tiring. Some guys would rather just take the vacation.
Well, we don’t care about any of that. The Derby is weeks away, and a loaded field would make it one of the summer’s most exciting events. If we could entice any eight players to participate, here is our dream Home Run Derby field, ordered by how many home runs they have in 2017 — and while it isn’t required, we’ve included four players from each league to keep things even.
1) Aaron Judge, Yankees
It hardly gets any more obvious than this. It’s hard to take the city of New York by storm, but Judge has done just that, slugging 26 home runs and positioning himself not just atop the Rookie of the Year race, but in contention for AL MVP as well.
Sure, the overall numbers are great, but that’s not what we care about right now. What we care about is that Judge is capable of hitting home runs like this, even in a game situation:
Judge hits some of the most impressive home runs in baseball. Imagine what he could do in a derby environment. He needs to be there — no doubt about it. The good news is he’s at least considering it.