One other week down in Main League Baseball. And similar to the weeks earlier than, the content material was in abundance proper from the beginning.

On this version of ‘What we realized,’ we discovered that the feud between the Yankees and Rays could have been deeper than we thought. Ronald Acuna Jr. offers us purpose to consider that baseballs, amid hypothesis, would possibly actually be juiced. And for the primary time this yr, we don’t have a Fernando Tatis Jr. look. Does mentioning him right here within the intro negate that assertion? Who is aware of?

At any price, here’s what we realized from this week in baseball.

Rays-Yankees’ distant rivalry

Many consider Monday evening’s recreation between the Yankees and Rays, in what turned out to be considerably of a dodgeball event, dates again effectively earlier than this yr. In a breakdown by Jomboy Media, Jimmy O’Brien suggests the dispute might even stem again from when Rays starter Andrew Kittredge threw behind former Yankees catcher Austin Romine’s in 2017.

Wherever you consider this feud originates from, the sport received began with Joey Wendle taking a 95-mph fastball within the again. Later within the contest, a 101-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball soared proper over the pinnacle of Rays infielder Mike Brosseau. Rays supervisor Kevin Money took exception to all of it, saying after the game, “It is poor judgment, poor teaching, it is simply poor educating, what they’re doing. The very last thing I am going to say on it: I’ve received an entire rattling secure of fellows who throw 98-mph. Interval.” 

Chapman could be suspended three video games, whereas Money and Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone have been every suspended one recreation.

Mic’d up moments have a time and place

Main League Baseball and their nationwide broadcasting companions appeared to check the mic’d up waters a bit deeper this week. Beginning with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Mark Canha on Saturday, gamers wore microphones and fielded questions whereas taking part in in dwell recreation motion. 

Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt is probably not utterly on board with the concept of mid-game interviews, although. Amid his interview on ESPN’s Sunday Night time Baseball, Shildt reduce the dialog quick, saying, “Hey, guys. I gotta go handle. Sorry.” Cannot say I blame him for eager to get again to his job.

Joe West from distance

Nation Joe West at all times appears to be hitting the headlines in some style, however the scene on Sunday between West and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo would possibly simply take the cake.

West stopped play through the Nationals-Braves recreation and ejected Rizzo, who was sitting within the second degree in a collection by his lonesome. Based on the Related Press, the umpiring crew instructed the commissioner’s workplace earlier than the sport that Rizzo had been hollering all through the sequence. “We knowledgeable the workplace that if it continued we might cease it,” West stated. “And we did.”

Rizzo’s ejection could have been warranted, however the optics of stopping the sport, utilizing the dugout telephones to name safety, and conversing within the dugout about the truth that Rizzo was not carrying a face protecting was an all-time Joe West second.

Dodgers fan cutout will get blasted (once more)

Fan cutouts have been offering us laughter all through a lot of this distinctive season. However, how uncommon would it not be for a similar cutout to be assaulted twice by two completely different house run balls throughout the similar month?

Dodgers fan Austin Donley went viral earlier this season after a Will Smith lengthy ball practically ripped his cardboard cutout’s head off. Regardless of the chances, the identical sequence occurred once more with Donley’s cutout — this time with Mookie Betts batting.

The pressure is robust in Pittsburgh

Whether or not you are a Star Wars fan or not, it’s important to recognize scoreboard visible — particularly one as distinctive as this one through the Reds-Pirates recreation. The Jedi could be proud.

Cubs are undefeated in dugout celebrations

The Cubbies is likely to be 23-18 and in first place within the NL Central standings, however they’re definitely undefeated in workforce shenanigans. First-year supervisor David Ross has actually helped encourage a rejuvenated vibe and tradition within the North Aspect of Chicago.

The bullpen pitchers are bringing props, the fellows within the dugout have clapping rituals, and now they’ve began…effectively, no matter that is.

Ronald Acuna Jr. isn’t happy

After setting information in lengthy balls two of the final three seasons, MLB has needed to reply as to whether or not the baseballs are juiced. Sure experiences have claimed to have confirmed the composition of a baseball has considerably modified over the previous few a long time. Commissioner Rob Manfred has refuted these claims.

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s house run ball on Saturday could add extra gasoline to the fireplace. Acuna hit a breaking ball towards middle discipline and rapidly slammed his bat down in what can solely be assumed as disgust for lacking a hittable pitch. Solely, he did not miss it. If he did miss it, it counts all the identical: a house run. Even Braves broadcaster Chip Carey was confused on the decision: “Breaking ball, popped him up.”

Erik Kratz has heartwarming reply

The longtime minor league journeyman catcher Erik Kratz made historical past in 2018 by changing into the oldest participant to make his playoff debut at 38 years, 114 days previous. Former Brewers author Robert Murray had the chance to cowl the veteran backstop in Milwaukee. He described Kratz as “top-of-the-line folks I’ve met not simply in sports activities, however in life, interval.”

Two years later, Kratz, now with the Yankees, is carrying completely different threads but once more however continues to be discovering methods to steal our hearts. He was requested what it was that Latin pitchers get pleasure from about him after so many had praised him for his or her success. His feelings instantly got here bursting out the seams.

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