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Friday, May 19, 2017

Olney: The stupidity of retaliation

So what was the point of the retaliation?

Longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson asked a really great question as Teheran struggled in the early innings: How much was Teheran thinking about his forthcoming retaliatory strike on Bautista as he prepared and warmed up for the game? Because drilling a hitter on purpose is not something pitchers do often.

Keep in mind: Teheran went into Thursday’s start needing performance traction. He really could have used a clean first inning, to get off to a good start, to try to pick up a team reeling from the loss of Freeman. Instead, Teheran and the Braves jump-started a rally for the Blue Jays, and by the bottom of the fourth inning, Teheran was in the clubhouse, having generated his worst start of the year.

What was gained?

Bautista may have a bruise on his thigh, but in his second plate appearance, he mashed a double; it wasn’t like he was intimidated. There was no competitive advantage gleaned. And what if the Blue Jays had retaliated, and another Braves player was hurt?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2017 at 02:07 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, retaliation, unwritten rules of baseball

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Braves pitcher Eric O’Flaherty: I’ve seen it from Jose Bautista too much

Benches emptied in the Blue Jays-Braves game Wednesday night after Toronto slugger Jose Bautista homered to left field, stood at home plate and stared toward pitcher Eric O’Flaherty before flipping the bat away with a towering toss in Atlanta.

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

No punches were thrown, but O’Flaherty didn’t mince words about Bautista’s actions.

“That’s something making the game tough to watch,’’ the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. “It’s turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I’m just tired of it. I’ve seen it from him enough.’‘....

“I’m surprised he’s ready to fight after last year,’’ O’Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle.


Friday, May 05, 2017

MLB won’t suspend Chris Sale for throwing behind Manny Machado

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for throwing behind Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Sale threw a 98 mph fastball at the knees and behind Machado in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park, leading plate umpire D.J. Reyburn to issue warnings to both benches.

The incident came a day after Boston’s Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch from Orioles starter Dylan Bundy—another incident in an ongoing feud between the teams.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Chris Sale throws behind Manny Machado in latest edition of Red Sox feud with Orioles

It did not end there, however, as Dylan Bundy drilled Mookie Betts in the hip Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Fenway Park. So naturally, with Chris Sale on the mound Tuesday, this pitch happened in the first inning.

The benches were warned after Sale’s inside pitch to Machado, though Machado and Orioles manager Buck Schowalter appeared to have some choice words for the umpires and the Red Sox dugout after the incident.

The inside pitch did not set Sale back at all, however. Four pitches later, Sale struck Machado out on a 98 mph fastball to strike out the side. He went on to strike out the first five Orioles batters of the game before Jonathan Schoop flied out to center field.


 

 

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