Spring is in the air. The air sizzles with lively new arms, mitts pop, and bats crack. And that crack sounds blissfully different around the awning at Maehara Stadium. That’s right, the Spring 2022 MABL regular season opened back under the lights and even saw a dinger for its first at-bat. The defending champs (Makena Royals) are 5-0, outscoring opponents by an average of over 8 runs per game. But familiar faces are hot on their tail. Five games are in the books! And so it’s time to crown our first Player of the Month for the Spring 2022 season.
The January/February 2022 Player of the Month candidates listed below were selected based on their performances during the 5 games in January/February, with no more than one candidate per team. Voting is open to players, fans, and family, and is limited to 1 vote per individual. This month’s award is brought to you by Down the Hatch (dthmaui.com, @dthmaui), a place to eat fish. DTH has been a longtime supporter of MABL, and this month they are offering a $50 gift card to the POTM winner! So come on nominees, call the whole ‘ohana.
The Rays’ Jonah Abreu is hitting 0.563 (2nd) through the first five games, including the 4th best OPS thanks to 3 doubles and 6 walks. His 12 total bases rank tied for 2nd, as does his 8 RBIs. The veteran outfielder, a lifetime 0.331 hitter, is pacing a dangerous pack of Rays sluggers looking to climb in the standings.
Royals’ skipper Lance Fujii is putting up some career numbers! He’s hitting 0.467/0.636/0.800, and he has scored 9 runs (2nd) to go along with 6 RBIs. His 2nd best 1.436 OPS is assisted from 2 doubles, a homer, and 6 walks. He even added a win on the mound!
The MABL Iron Man is off to a hot start. The Brewers’ Mike Gerrity is doubling his career average, hitting 0.550 (4th) en route to a league-leading 11 hits and 12 total bases (T-2nd). He will look to help propel the Brewers up in the standings as they rattle off five more games in the month of March.
The Dirtbags’ two-way rookie Peter Reyes has dropped some jaws this month. At the plate, he’s leading in total bases (13), thanks in part to three doubles and two triples, while hitting 0.462/0.611/1.000 (leading MABL with a 1.611 OPS) and tying for 2nd in RBIs (8). And on the mound, he is third in ERA (2.25) with a 3-1 record and, oh yeah, 35 Ks in 20 innings.
Wes Troyan is leading the league in batting average, hitting 0.600/0.727/0.600. The Warriors’ leadoff man also added 6 walks and 8 runs (T-3rd). He gets on and swipes bags (7, T-2nd), providing a spark atop the Warriors’ offense.
Check out the stats page for complete hitting and pitching stats for every player in the league, and cast your vote below for the MABL Player of the Month for January/February 2022. The poll will remain open through 11:59pm on March 12.