The 2022 Major League Baseball season, delayed slightly by a labor dispute and player lockout, was worth the wait. Several long-awaited rule changes took effect in 2022 including the Universal Designated Hitter and expanded postseason. The San Diego Padres rocketed into the picture as legitimate postseason contenders, the Philadelphia Phillies gave their fans a season to remember with their unexpected ride to the World Series, and Dusty Baker earned his first World Series ring as a manager with the Houston Astros.
Below, we have compiled the most-viewed Jomboy breakdowns from this special season.
The 10th Most Viewed Breakdown
The video analyzes the ejection of a Blue Jays player by umpires during a game, suggesting that the umpires may have been looking for a reason to do so. The video notes that the situation is ambiguous and it is unclear as to why the player was ejected. The video also breaks down the events leading up to the ejection, including a high pitch that scared the Blue Jays coaches, and analyzes Aaron Judge’s at-bat in the later innings.
The 9th Most Viewed Breakdown
The video breakdown of a baseball game turns into a chaotic scene after a player hits his third home run and celebrates, leading to a clothesline from an opposing veteran player and a brawl between the two teams. The fighting gets worse as a player is hit in the head with a thrown ball, and multiple players are taken out of the game. The commentator notes that the thrown ball incident goes beyond acceptable behavior and could result in repercussions for the players involved.
The 8th Most Viewed Breakdown
During a game between the Marlins and Madison Bumgarner’s team, an MLB crackdown led to Bumgarner holding out his hand for the umpire to check for sticky substances. Instead of checking, the umpire appeared to be upset and stared at Bumgarner while massaging his hand in a creepy way. When asked about his behavior by Bumgarner, the umpire tossed him out of the game, leading to his manager arguing with the umpire. The incident could lead to punishment from the league due to the umpire’s unprofessional behavior.
The 7th Most Viewed Breakdown
The video highlights how Yadier Molina, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, used his observational skills and quick thinking to predict the San Francisco Giants’ strategy during a game. Molina’s on-field leadership and the Cardinals’ pre-game preparations allowed them to anticipate the Giants’ play, preventing them from scoring any runs in that inning. The video also includes a promotion for Shady Rays, which offers discounts on polarized sunglasses and a warranty program.
The 6th Most Viewed Breakdown
In a Padres-Mets game, opposing manager Buck Showalter asked umpires to check pitcher Joe Musgrove for a foreign substance on the ball after noticing Musgrove’s shiny ears and increased pitch spin rate. The umpire handles Musgrove’s ears excessively, looking for evidence of substances, but finds none, leading to Musgrove being cleared of any wrongdoing. However, some people speculate that he was cheating, but there is no evidence to support these claims.
The 5th Most Viewed Breakdown
The video breaks down the hit by pitches exchange during opening weekend between the Brewers and Cubs. Contreras was hit twice, leading the Cubs to hit Cutch in retaliation. However, Cutch wasn’t pleased with the Cubs’ approach and suggested they hit him on the first pitch. Hayward enters to defend his teammate before the Cubs pitcher who hit Cutch gets suspended for three games – no Brewers players receive punishment.
The 4th Most Viewed Breakdown
The Yankees are able to figure out that pitcher Elvin Rodriguez is tipping his pitches by noticing certain shakes and gestures. They realize that when Rodriguez looks straight ahead to third base, a fastball is coming, but not for an off-speed pitch. Using this knowledge, they hit solo home runs in the third inning, but Carpenter’s bunt on a fastball revealed the tip and they stopped throwing fastballs. The video emphasizes the importance of the game within the game and jokingly mentions the importance of keeping one’s hair.
The 3rd Most Viewed Breakdown
During a nationally televised game, Nationals player Kyle Schwarber becomes angry with umpire Ángel Hernández after Hernández calls a full count a strike instead of a ball. The video highlights Hernández’s controversial umpiring history, with the announcer showing instances where he made incorrect calls. Manager Joe Girardi also comments on Hernández’s poor performance during the game. Schwarber suggests that Hernández should not be calling balls and strikes and jokes that he should use the Seated app instead. The video concludes by advocating for specialized umpires for each position.
The 2nd Most Viewed Breakdown
Fans of the New York Yankees were caught throwing beer cans and water bottles at opposing team players during a game against the Guardians, with one nearly hitting a player. The video creator expresses disappointment and describes the behavior as pathetic and embarrassing, highlighting the potential danger of such actions. Additionally, a fan was caught using offensive hand signals, and another verbally harassed a player. The video ends with a plea for responsible behavior from fans.
The Most Viewed Breakdown of 2022
The video discusses how Cleveland Guardians pitcher James Karinchak has been accused of cheating through his hair, after being a user of sticky substances before it was outlawed in 2021, resulting in a drop in his spin rate. Some pitchers have turned to their hair for grip since mass inspection of pitchers’ equipment. In a game against the Twins, the opposing team’s manager demanded Karinchak be checked for cheating, leading to an umpire inspecting his hat and petting his hair. Speculation has arisen that Karinchak was rattled by the hair check, after giving up two home runs, though the hair check was deemed legal, raising questions of a mental game.