White Sox Video: Luis Robert sets stat cast franchise record

Vincent Parise
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Luis Robert #88 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Round at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Luis Robert #88 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Round at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago  White Sox saw Luis Robert set a franchise record for stat cast in their elimination game.

The Chicago White Sox didn’t win the series against the Oakland Athletics. It wasn’t that much fun in the second half of the game to witness the pitching blow the game but there were a couple of good things to take away from it. One of them was the play of the rookie, Luis Robert. He got the run-scoring started with a 487-foot blast that put the White Sox up 1-0. It was one of the longest home runs any of us had ever seen.

As you can see in the video, Luis Robert is nothing short of pumped up when he hits that moonshot. He became the youngest American League player to hit a home run in a “winner takes all” game since Mickey Mantle in game seven of the 1952 World Series. It was the longest home run hit by a White Sox player in the Statcast era. There couldn’t have been a better way to start the ballgame for him.

The Sox ended up losing, we know that. It might make it hard to appreciate what this home run means but it does mean something. Luis Robert was one of the best players in all of baseball in the month of August as a rookie. Then September hit and he hit the “rookie wall”. He struggled mightily.

The problem is, if you struggle for three weeks in a 60 game season, it is way more magnified. If you struggle for three weeks in a 162 game season, it won’t be nearly as magnified. Make no mistake about it, Luis Robert is one of the most gifted players in the league and will be a superstar. He showed that he can be a five-tool player all year long. Even when he is not hitting, he is a premier defensive centerfielder which is valuable in and of itself.

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Robert might not finish as the AL Rookie of the Year because of his finish to the season, but he is a guy we should absolutely be excited about for 2021. There is a great chance that he ends up being the best player on this team next year and beyond. It sounds cliche, but there is no doubt that next year is going to be amazing with number 88 leading the way. It was good to see him break out of the slump before the season ended.

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