Now that it looks like former Salt Lake Bees and Utah Utes star CJ Cron isn’t going anywhere soon with the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball, he’s decided to step up his game. Cron kicked off his weekend on Friday, June 27 with two home runs in one game.
Cron’s Angels may have lost the game 8-6 to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium--but both of his blasts were of the tape measure variety. Considering it isn’t easy to knock any ball out of a park whose dimensions are 410 feet to center, Cron also had to follow teammate Mike Trout’s 490-foot blast in the first inning.
ESPN, your self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, announced that Trout’s shot into blue yonder was a Kauffman Stadium record--but news reports from the Kansas City Star soon rebuffed that finding, saying Bo Jackson and Johnny Bench hit home runs that traveled further distances at the Royals‘ stadium.
Cron smacked a shot of his own in the second inning, serving as the Angels’ designated hitter. It was a solo that didn’t have the oomph of Trout’s--but it cleared the wall nevertheless. The former Ute then smacked a two-run dinger in the fifth inning to complete his biggest day as a big leaguer.
That it came during Trout’s monster display was yet another reason why Cron is not at AAA Salt Lake any longer. The Angels need his power at the plate--and Friday’s loss showed that. While Trout was undoubtedly the star of this game--getting all the headlines for his power--Cron is proving that he belongs in Major League Baseball.
As each week goes by, Cron shows you why the Angels called him up in the first place. He’s hitting .301 with eight homers and 22 RBI in just 40 games and 123 at-bats. At the rate Cron is going this weekend, he'll surpass the three dingers he smacked last weekend.