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Friday, October 04, 2019

Acuna’s casual baserunning irks Braves after Game 1: ‘He needs to do better’

Ronald Acuna Jr. has once again raised some eyebrows with his lack of hustle on the bases.

The Atlanta Braves outfielder led off the seventh inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, mashing a long fly ball to the right-field corner that nearly turned into a home run. It should have been an easy double, but Acuna was slow to get up the line in anticipation of a round-tripper and instead ended up with a long single.

The slow trot came back to bite the Braves when the next hitter, Ozzie Albies, grounded out. Acuna advanced to second on the play but would have been 90 feet from scoring had he legged out for the double. He was then doubled off second when Josh Donaldson lined out to the shortstop to end a promising inning.

Acuna’s gaffe came under the microscope a half-inning later when St. Louis tied the game. The Cardinals then scored four runs in the ninth to take the lead. Although Acuna homered late, St. Loius held on to take Game 1 by a score of 7-6.

With Van McCoy long gone, who is left that a respectable person would contact concerning hustle?

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, hustle, ronald acuna

Friday, September 20, 2019

Acuña becomes third player to hit 40 homers at 21 or younger

ATLANTA – Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves has become only the third player in baseball history to hit 40 homers while 21 years old or younger.

The other two were Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott, who are both in the Hall of Fame.

The 21-year-old Acuña launched a two-run shot Thursday in the third inning, a towering 432-foot drive into the second level at SunTrust Park off Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola.

So, does this mean he’ll hit 513 home runs?

QLE Posted: September 20, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie mathews, home runs, mel ott, ronald acuna

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Home run robbery by Braves’ Ronald Acuña turns into inside-the-park homer

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. had the chance to make one of his best plays of the season on Tuesday. It turned into an embarrassing lowlight instead.

The play started when Philadelphia Phillies utility man Scott Kingery hit a long fly ball to center field, which Acuña tracked to the wall and made a leaping catch. Acuña appeared to have hauled it in, but didn’t complete the process of the catch and saw the ball leak out of his glove as he hauled it down.

Rather than immediately pick up the ball and throw it into the infield, Acuña spent precious seconds waving his arms to appeal to the umpires that he had still made the catch.

Many of the inside-the-park home runs of the current era are reliant on poor outfield play of one form or another- this, however, feels a set beyond that.

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: inside-the-park home run, ronald acuna, scott kingery

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Can Ronald Acuña Jr. join 40-40 club after becoming second youngest to 30-30?

Major League Baseball won’t have the spotlight to itself for much longer. The NFL and college football seasons are upon us, meaning fans attention will be divided in the weeks and months ahead.

Some of the league’s brightest superstars did their part to keep that spotlight on Friday. That includes Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. In Friday’s thrilling 2-1, 14-inning win against the New York Mets, Acuña became the newest member of MLB’s 30-30.

Now his sights are set an even more exclusive club: 40-40.

That was just one notable moment in a night filled with milestones, comebacks and records that highlight how fun and unpredictable baseball can be.

A collection of assorted trivia- as for the question in the title, the answer seems obvious enough, especially given what his stolen base rate has been so far versus what it would need to be.

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: 40-40 club, aristides aquino, gary sanchez, marlins, ronald acuna

Monday, August 19, 2019

Brian Snitker Pulls Ronald Acuna Jr. for Lack of Hustle: ‘You’ve Got to Run’

Ronald Acuna Jr. is one of the most talented young players in baseball, but he had to be taught a hard lesson Sunday.

The outfielder hit a long fly ball off the wall in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers but failed to run it out, thinking it was a home run. It ended up being a single, and he failed to score in the inning.

Manager Brian Snitker decided to pull him from the game to teach him to hustle on every ball in play

...

“You’ve got to run. That’s not going to be acceptable here,” Snitker said, per David O’Brien of The Athletic. “...The name on the front is a lot more important than the name on the back.”

Isn’t this sort of passive-aggressive warring against your best player usually the sort of thing that sabotages teams?

 

 

QLE Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: brian snitker, hustle, ronald acuna

 

 

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