Houston Astros regular designated hitter Yordan Alvarez was deployed as a left fielder on Wednesday.
In the eighth inning of the game against the New York Mets, he was involved in a nasty collision with teammate Jeremy Pena that left him with concussion symptoms.
It looks like a long-term injury was averted, but it wasn’t pretty.
Despite the fact that Alvarez could be out of training for the next few days, there’s no denying he was a monster in June.
“Players must reach at least .400/.500/.800 in the month of June (min. 90 AP), since integration: 2022 – Yordan Alvarez; 2001 – Bernie Williams; 2000 – Jeff Kent; 1961 – Norm Cash ; 1957 – Mickey Mantle,” tweeted Andrew Simon of MLB.com.
Players must reach at least .400/.500/.800 in the month of June (min. 90 AP), since integration:
2022 – Yordan Alvarez
2001 – Bernie Williams
2000 – Jeff Kent
1961 – Norm Cash
1957 – Mickey Coat
—Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) June 30, 2022
These are some truly impressive names joining Alvarez, including some Hall of Famers.
He is a very good candidate to win the American League Player of the Month award, although a certain Shohei Ohtani could also win the award.
Alvarez played at a very high level in 2022
All things considered, Alvarez is having an MVP-caliber season.
Hitting .316/.412/.658 with 23 home runs and a 1,070 OPS, he was everything the Astros hoped for and more.
The whole baseball community is hoping he can stay healthy enough to play most nights and keep his MVP options intact.
Maybe Aaron Judge and Ohtani of the New York Yankees will be stronger contenders because they also play the field most nights (well, Ohtani does a lot more than that while pitching), but Alvarez has been the better hitter. of the American League by certain measures. .
He had a truly amazing year, a year that could be recognized in some form through individual awards.
It is certainly what he deserves.