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Watching baseball last year was realizing that the sport had lost its narrative structure. The start of the season parted with summer in an awkward stuttering stage; the middle was not there at all; the end felt rushed His circadian rhythm was broken Likewise, all of his usual mechanics for developing intrigue Everything unusual in MLB could be explained by the fact that everything was unusual in 2020 Any surprise, so delicious be it, could be seen as a circumstantial fluke Every day counted too much (Unless you thought, equally reasonable, that none of them counted at all) The season had its individual moments – at the both wonderful and horrible – and it had its larger themes But it didn’t have the frame of an arc to tie any of them together

The 22-year-old outfielder was drafted by the Tigers this winter as part of draft Rule 5 Baddoo was drafted out of high school five years ago by the Twins, and he gained attention as a prospect , but Tommy John’s surgery ruled out most of his 2019 and the pandemic ruled out all minor leagues in 2020 It made him a mystery when Minnesota left him unprotected for Rule 5 in December: he had always shown talent, yes, but he hadn’t been in a game situation for almost two years. and never had the chance to play above Haut-A What he might look like in the big leagues was an open question

Now Baddoo has played in three MLB games Each has built their mythology more dramatically than the last

Sunday he hit a home run in his first major league batting (Tigers lost) Monday he hit a grand slam (Tigers lost Tuesday he hit a single in the tenth inning to beat his former organization, the Twins (The Tigers, obviously, won)

These moments would stand out regardless of the context.But what makes them especially special here is their story arc – how each one builds on the last, and the space they have left to become something, whatever. whatever, something else

Hitting a home run in your first Major League batting game is fairytale stuff – the kind of result that almost seems too bright to dream of But it’s also oddly common or, at least, not uncommon It happens almost once a year on average: 123 times since 1901 Has been done by both Hall of Fame members (Earl Averill, Hoyt Wilhelm – a pitcher!) and by guys who never hit a home run again (Luke Stuart, Hack Miller, Dave Machemer, Mark Saccomanno, other names you forgot or never knew from the all) That’s good! But it’s not a miracle So what can you do that could be even better? The logical progression is to go from a solo home run in your first match to a grand slam in your second. And what can you do next that will be even better than that? No, there is no individual result better than a grand slam, but there is a team result, and it’s a winning success For the extra drama, make it extra innings, do it after you come in late in the game as a pinched runner take on the same organization that let you slip a few months ago Don’t just be just a fun fact Become a legend

The individual Baddoo moments in these games were all made on their own but they were probably never made together like this (According to Elias Sports Bureau, Baddoo is the first player since at least 1900 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and a hit in his first three games) And they’ve almost certainly never been done with such a remarkable sense of timing – to have those three games strung in that order? It’s poetry

Akil Baddoo celebrates with first baseman Ramon Santiago (39) after hitting a scoreless single against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on April 6

This season is ruled by an internal logic that was absent last season – a set of physical rules – and it stands to reason that Baddoo will end up looking deadly. (Maybe as early as Wednesday: Detroit faces Minnesota again at 1:10 pm ET) But there’s no need to consider that possibility until it’s made real. It’s still early April; there is space to believe in anything, or everything, and for it to mean exactly as much as you want. There is, after all, a structure for it

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Akil Baddoo

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Source: https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/04/07/akil-baddoo-baseball-storylines-narrative-arc