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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Braves’ Braxton Davidson hits walk-off home run in AFL championship, appears to break foot on way to plate

Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League held its championship game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Atlanta Braves prospect Braxton Davidson hit a walk-off home run to give the Peoria Javelinas a 3-2 win over the Salt River Rafters.

Judging by the bat flip, he’s clearly on the highest of highs from the walk-off win. The 22-year-old ranked third in home runs (six) during the 2018 AFL season.

But after Davidson rounds the bases and as he’s about to join his teammates at home plate for the celebration, he starts hopping on one foot.

The epitome of what Jim McKay used to go on about for so many years….

 

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: arizona fall league, braxton davidson, the agony of defeat, the thrill of victory

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   1. Rally Posted: November 18, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5788968)
His minor league numbers are unreal. 20 HR in the FSL is good, tough league to hit for power. But a .171 average and more than half of his AB ended in strikeouts.
   2. RMc's Daps of the Dope Artists Posted: November 19, 2018 at 09:16 AM (#5789117)
2018 was actually Davidson's fifth year in pro ball, and if anything, he seems to be going backwards: 171/281/365 in the FSL? (And, man, 213 K in 416 AB? Tebow makes better contact than that.)
   3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 09:34 AM (#5789123)
His minor league numbers are unreal. 20 HR in the FSL is good, tough league to hit for power. But a .171 average and more than half of his AB ended in strikeouts.


Reminds me of the early years of Omar Falcon's career. In 2001, he had a .187/.396/.374 batting line, with 107 AB, 33 BB, 50 K, and 20 hits, 10 of which went for extra bases.
   4. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:22 AM (#5789136)
though i don't think anyone ever pretended that falcon was a prospect.
i heard a story about davidson, when he was a prep, the punchline of which was along the lines of "this guy is never going to be capable of making needed adjustments as a pro" (i'm cleaning it up, obv)
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:39 AM (#5789143)
Manfred is open to the AFL cancelling home run trots. Just walk back to the dugout.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM (#5789150)

I remember in May 2010, when Kendrys Morales broke his leg or ankle while celebrating a walk-off HR. He missed the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011 (over 250 games).
   7. wjones Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:31 AM (#5789163)
When a Braves OF prospect is moved to 1B, that's a good indication of what they think of your future with them.
   8. Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:05 PM (#5789172)
Manfred is open to the AFL cancelling home run trots. Just walk back to the dugout.


Nah, he's considering making this the MLB rule, on the grounds that it'll short game times. In extra innings, a ghost runner will walk back to the dugout instead.
   9. wjones Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:51 PM (#5789188)
Manfred is open to the AFL cancelling home run trots. Just walk back to the dugout.

He will institute a designated tweater to log the celebration # as the players retire to the dugout, and it will autopost to the stadium scoreboard.
   10. catomi01 Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:28 PM (#5789204)
Nah, he's considering making this the MLB rule, on the grounds that it'll short game times. In extra innings, a ghost runner will walk back to the dugout instead.


Like most softball leagues (I think) - we do this - and if you think fans have fun getting on players who break into their trot on a ball that bounces off the wall, imagine the fun when they're a step away from the dugout instead.
   11. Rally Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5789232)
Reminds me of the early years of Omar Falcon's career.


There's a real bbref player page in there but I still have a hard time believing that's a real name. It sounds more made up than 99% of the players in my fictional baseball league. So allow me to present Koko, the whiffing ape.

Now that was a player who was way ahead of his time. 55% strikeout rate, a homer every 11 AB. He'd be normal for 2018 baseball.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5789238)
though i don't think anyone ever pretended that falcon was a prospect.


He made a BA team top 30 one year, the Padres #17 in 2000. So I guess that's a maybe?
   13. Hysterical & Useless Posted: November 19, 2018 at 04:33 PM (#5789316)
The epitome of what Jim McKay used to go on about for so many years


All right, either you all are too young to remember or too sophisticated to condescend to notice, but I loved this line. Kudos to you, QLE.
   14. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: November 19, 2018 at 05:46 PM (#5789344)
he did!? i stand corrected then.
   15. McCoy Posted: November 19, 2018 at 06:04 PM (#5789348)
If there was a like button I would have used it.

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