Who doesn’t love baseball brawls!
Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners is a freak athlete. A 2010 first round draft pick,he made his debut August 30th 2013. This year he has made only 3 starts due to some injuries, but he is on track to get back to the big leaugues in September. You might have first heard of him in 2012 when he appeared in the MLB Futures Game.
You also might have seen and heard of him in 2013 when Taijuan showed off his freakish athleticism. Here’s the video that caught many peoples eyes.
Those were the dunks that caught every ones attention. He decided to have a dunk contest against Brett Lawrie, which was featured on Intentional Talk.
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After Millar hated on Walkers dunk on Intentional Talk, they decided to have Taijuan back on where he judged Kevin Millars dunks.
Taijuan also got challenged by another MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds.
Everyone wanted to see how they could compare to the man who started it all Taijuan Walker. Going back to his high school days Taijuan was a two star athlete, baseball and basketball. Walker was 10-4 with a 1.77 ERA as a high school senior, fanning 93 in 67 1/3 innings and allowing no home runs. He also was a basketball star, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game at forward. So that’s where all of those dunks come from! Walker is an imposing presence on the mound at 6 feet 4 inches and touches 95 MPH on his fastball. Here’s a video of his first win..
Taijuan Walker is another name to know for the near future, this man will be a big component in the Mariners quest for a World Series.
For some Tommy John surgery is the end to a career, but for some it opens up the doors to a new one. Mike Seander now known as Mike Stud was a great baseball player. In High School Mike went 9-2 with a 0.91 ERA and 107 strikeouts while earning Gatorade Player of the Year. Mike decided to go to Duke to pursue his dream in baseball. At Duke his freshman year he closed he posted 9 saves with a 1.61 ERA (lowest in Duke Baseball History) . But then unfortunately in his Sophomore year he suffered an arm injury which needed Tommy John Surgery. After recovering from the surgery Mike decided to use his final year of eligibility at Georgetown where he appeared in 9 games striking out 9 in 8.2 innings pitched, but that was the end of his career in baseball.
But, then started his Music Career. While recovering from his surgery he used music to pass time. Then in 2010 Mike Released his first video for College Humor which now has over 1.4 Million views. Later on he released his first album “Toast to Tommy” which was a tribute to him having the surgery. As he continue to gain popularity as a rapper he released another album called “Relief ” which features many baseball references. His latest Album called “Closer” signifies how far he has come since the surgery and how close he is to making it as a rapper. Heres his number one hit Closer..
Mikes baseball past follows him wherever he goes, one of his good friends is Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays as they played together at Duke.
He recently threw out the first pitch at a Minor League Game.
Baseball is in his blood as much as being a rapper is.
Something else that’s pretty cool is Marcus Stroman comes out to pitch to Mikes Song “Out Here” which has become a song for all ballplayer a to use as a walk up song.
Mike Stud is a great rapper to start but the fact that he played baseball and continues to support the game makes him the man to listen to.
What does Baseball Lifestyle 101 mean to you? To us here at Baseball Lifestyle 101 its more than just baseball its a lifestyle.
What is the baseball lifestyle? Well, you turn on the T.V. And what channel pops up? MLB Network. What is your favorite movie? You should already know as soon as you hear that, The Sandlot or The Benchwarmers.
Whats your favorite snack? Thats obvious some of these..
Well if you are living the Baseball Lifestyle, what apparel is in your closet? Maybe this..
If your a serious ball player you should have either one of these in your backyard..
(A Batting Cage)
Or a pop up net.
That is only part of the Baseball Lifestyle! Hope you all are living it!