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Giants Broadcast Oddly Compares Brandon Belt to Willie Mays

Larry Rupp
The San Francisco Giants broadcast crew oddly compared first baseman Brandon Belt to Willie Mays.
The San Francisco Giants broadcast crew oddly compared first baseman Brandon Belt to Willie Mays. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
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San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had a great day yesterday going 4-for-7 with 2 home runs, 3 runs scored and 7 RBI in a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies.

He was hitting the ball so well that it caused the Giants broadcast crew to oddly compare him to the legendary Willie Mays.

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Belt Compared to Mays

While the fact that Belt hit a home run in each first inning is definitely impressive, this is a very cherry picked statistic to be giving out to the fans. Doubleheaders today are nowhere near as common as they were when Mays played in the mid to late 20th century. Plus, only about 3-5 hitters average an at bat in the first inning of ball games. Not to mention the incredibly arbitrary "age 33 years or older" cut-off point.

The Hall-of-Famer first accomplished this feat back in 1965 during what was the second MVP season of his career. Overall, Mays was named to 24 All-Star games and won 12 Gold Gloves as well. He hit 646 home runs, scored 2,011 runs, and racked up 1,859 RBI in 21 seasons with the Giants.

Now don't get it wrong, Belt has been a heck of a player for the Giants over the last decade. He was an All-Star during the 2016 and played a key role on both of the Giants last two World Series winning teams. However, comparing him to one of the legends of the sport seems like major reach here.


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