Hope you enjoyed the first installment of my “What Baseball Means to Me” series with Miami Marlins rookie first baseman Justin Bour.
In the next video, third baseman Martin Prado describes the sport’s impact on his life.
Prado, who turned 32 on Tuesday, was acquired by the Marlins last winter along with pitcher David Phelps from the New York Yankees. After a slow start to the season and a shoulder injury, the 10-year veteran finished with a .288 batting average, 22 doubles, two triples, nine homers and 63 RBI in 129 games.
More importantly, Prado became the unquestioned leader of a young ballclub after the trade deadline. His timely hitting — a 2.05 clutch rate per FanGraphs — put him amongst the best in the majors. That statistic is considered above excellent.