(GAME DATE — Sept. 1, 2020) — The ML East’s Norfolk Sharks may be D.O.A. this year, but that hasn’t slowed down veteran Sharks backstop Earl MacPherson from lighting the league on fire through the month of August. “Blur” MacPherson was electric, hitting .407 and knocking in 13 home runs and 29 RBIs, scoring a total of 22 times.
It was a second Batter of the Month nod for the MVP-winning catcher. He last one was in May of 2018, the year he also won his Carl Simms MVP Award and Gold Crown Award for the position.
MacPherson’s future may be up in the air as Norfolk was now confirmed as one of the four teams to be folded in the 2021 contraction, but one thing is certain is that whoever ends up taking on his hefty $14 million average annual salary for the remaining 4 years of his current contract will be well rewarded with a solid middle of the order star player.
Picking up his first Batter of the Month award for the LL was Minneapolis Ravens left fielder Chris Zahn, a 27-year-old originally drafted 6th overall by the Dallas Lawmen in 2014 our of St. Clair College, in Windsor, Canada. Zahn has been solid all year, besting his career-high 42 home runs set last year by hammering 44 dingers so far in 2020. Of those, 12 came in August, an incredible month in which the right-handed batter hit .390, scoring 33 times and driving in 38 runs.
Picked up by the Ravens in 2017 after he was non-tendered by Dallas in the first year of arbitration eligibility, he has been a goldmine of success for the Ravens with a .289 average for them as opposed to just .233 in three seasons with Dallas.
On the 19th of last month, he was a single short of hitting for a cycle, after going 3-for-3 against the Ohio Oxen, gathering a double, triple and home run at the plate. He also walked twice and stole a pair of bases, scoring 4 times and driving in 3 runs. Just 11 days earlier, against the Arizona Cowboys, Zahn went 4-for-4 with a double and 2 home runs as his extra base hits, scoring 6 times in all and drawing 3 walks. Zahn’s slugging percentage of .594 is the 3rd best in the LL, and he has been competing with John Rambo for the top of the home run leaderboard all season.