By Cintia Feliz
The Boston Red Sox may have won the 2018 World Series, but let’s look back on some of the young players who helped contribute to Boston’s success.
Mookie Betts, who is 26-years-old, ended his 2018 season with a .346 batting average and .640 slugging percentage in which he led the majors this season and with a .438 on-base percentage, according to mlb.com. Betts went on to win the 2018 American League MLB batting title with his teammate, J.D. Martinez coming in second with a .330 batting average.
“Yeah, it’s definitely an achievement,” Betts admitted to mlb.com. “I’m happy to take something like that, especially when only two people win it. It’s a blessing and I don’t take it for granted.”
Although Betts, did struggle to hit a home-run during the postseason, only with a batting average of .210, the Boston Red Sox star contributed to Boston’s World Series win on Sunday while hitting a home-run against Dodgers veteran pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. With the Red Sox having a 2-1 lead and nobody on base, Betts’ first playoff home-run came at a perfect time. It is likely Betts should win the American League MVP in November. If he does, he will be the first Red Sox player to win an AL MVP Award and World Series Championship at the same time.
The youngest player on Boston’s 2018 World Series Championship roster was Rafael Devers, who recently turned 22 on October 24. Reminds you of anyone? … Maybe of Devers’s teammate, Xander Bogaerts, who was only 21-years-old when he won the World Series back in 2013 with the Red Sox.
Devers ended his 2018 season with 450 At-Bats, 108 Hits, 21 Home-runs, 66 RBI, and a batting average of .240. Devers had many clutch moments that helped Boston move on throughout the postseason. During Game 5 against the Houston Astros, Devers hit a three-run homer that helped Boston with a 4-1 victory to clinch the American League title. On Saturday, during Game 4, Devers was able to get Manny Machado out during the ninth-inning that would rob L.A. from a comeback rally. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Devers became the youngest player with a go-ahead RBI in 9th or later of a World Series games since Edgar Renteria’s walk-off single in game 7 of the 1997 World Series.
These two players are a few to watch out for this upcoming 2019 baseball season.
STUNT Athlete Recognized At Women's Sports Foundation's Annual Salute To Women In Sports
BARTLETT, Tenn., Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Cheer is proud to announce that Jasmine Owens, a STUNT athlete was included in the Women's Sports Foundation Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Jasmine took the stage as part of the procession of female athletes during the annual banquet recognizing excellence in sport on October 17 in New York City.
Billie Jean King founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974 with the goal of advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. This year marks the 39th year that the Women's Sports Foundation has hosted the event, which recognizes athletes from every sport from basketball to snowboarding, and the fifth time a STUNT athlete has been recognized by the foundation.
"I am so proud of all that Jasmine has accomplished and I am thrilled that she was able to represent USA Cheer and STUNT at the Women's Sports Foundation's Salute to Women in Sports," said Lauri Harris, Executive Director of USA Cheer, which developed STUNT. "She is a great example of everything we want a STUNT athlete to be, and a role model for all STUNT athletes."
Jasmine recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in strategic communications and a minor in history. After traveling through Europe this summer, Jasmine started an internship this fall. She hopes to secure a full time position in the Dallas Fort Worth area after her internship. In addition to being named STUNT's Athlete of the Year for 2018, Jasmine has been recognized as a first team STUNT All American for three years, and was a member of the 2018 All American team. A versatile athlete, Jasmine was able to base in partner stunts, perform in middle layers in pyramids, serve as a top in baskets, and take part in most jumps and tumbling routines for the OSU STUNT team.
"STUNT has given me confidence in my ability to excel in my sport," said Jasmine. "I've also learned that mastering a comprehensive set of skills makes any athlete a crucial part of a team. I hope to take these skills forward in my career."
Created by USA Cheer to be an additional sport option for female athletes, STUNT was derived from traditional cheerleading and developed to fulfill all NCAA emerging sport requirements, and has consistently met all minimum requirements for consideration. STUNT removes the crowd-leading of traditional cheerleading and focuses on the technical and athletic components, which include partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, jumps and tumbling skills.
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About USA Cheer
USA Cheer is a not-for profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer exists to serve the entire cheer community, including club cheering (All Star), traditional school based cheer programs and the new sport of STUNT. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.