Umpire Bill Hohn is a disgrace

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I missed this previously, but apparently home plate umpire Bill Hohn gave Marlins’ catcher John Baker the rock after the Florida-Atlanta game on Wednesday:

Several Braves players said they were surprised and even “shocked”
to see umpire Bill Hohn bump fists with Marlins catcher John Baker
after the final out of the Braves’ 6-3 loss Tuesday. While other
players and manager Bobby Cox either had no comment or would only
discuss it off the record, third baseman Chipper Jones had a scathing
review of Hohn’s game, including ejections of manager Bobby Cox and
catcher Brian McCann.

Video of the most famous fist-bump since Barack and Michelle can be seen here.
Looks like Baker put it out there first. In Hohn’s defense, maybe he’s
just the kind of guy who doesn’t like to leave a dude hangin’, ya know?

But Hohn isn’t really worthy of a defense, as his ejections of Bobby
Cox and Brian McCann showed far worse form. Basically, Hohn heard
someone shout from the Braves’ dugout — probably McCann, who had
argued balls and strikes earlier — called time, and then walked over
to argue with Cox, who had not left the dugout prior to any of this.
During the argument, he pulled out his lineup card and, according to
the article, told Cox that he was going to eject someone,
but didn’t know who. Cox, taken aback, told Hohn to eject him instead
and he did. McCann was ejected soon after. Video of the whole incident can be seen here.

Are we cool with an umpire stopping the game to walk over and bait one
of the team’s managers into a fight? Isn’t dealing with heckling
players and managers the first thing you learn in umpire school?
Everyone’s talking about the fist bump, but that’s just kind of dumb.
The fact that an umpire thinks it appropriate to get into it like Hohn
did is clearly over the line. And no, this is not the first time Hohn has gotten out of control.

The guy’s a disgrace, and should be suspended at the very least.

Video: Bryce Harper crushes a home run to the Chase Field concourse

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Aaron Judge may be the talk of the town right now, but let’s not forget some of Major League Baseball’s more established sluggers. Take the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, for instance, who jumped on a full count during the first inning of Saturday’s game and postmarked the ball to the center field concourse in Chase Field.

Harper’s mammoth hit was the first career home run allowed by Diamondbacks’ rookie Anthony Banda. Banda quickly recovered with an inning-ending strikeout to Ryan Zimmerman, but was booted from his big league debut after Harper, Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon combined for a three-run spread in the sixth.

The first-inning homer also served another purpose: it extended Harper’s hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in MLB this season. He’ll need four more games to tie the 19-game streak Royals’ infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield established back in June.

The Nationals currently lead the Diamondbacks 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Chi Chi Gonzalez to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Rangers’ right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez is slated for Tommy John surgery, according to a report by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Gonzalez was placed on the 60-day disabled list back in early April with a partial UCL tear and was working towards a throwing program before getting sidelined with more elbow pain. He’s expected to miss the entirety of the 2018 season while recovering from the surgery.

This is the second straight season that has been derailed for Gonzalez due to injury. The 25-year-old starter pitched just 10 1/3 innings in 2016 after recovering from a torn UCL, and was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to finish out the year after compiling an 8.71 ERA, 7.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 in three starts with the club. He showed more promise in Triple-A with a 4.70 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 5.9 SO/9 through 24 starts and 138 innings.

It’s a tough blow for the Rangers, who have seen Gonzalez healthy in just one major league season to date. General manager Jon Daniels told reporters that a recent MRI showed signs of weakening in the ligament, which disrupted the team’s plans to have the right-hander stick to a six- to eight-week recovery timetable after getting a platelet-rich plasma injection (via Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). The surgery is expected to take place next week and will put Gonzalez’s earliest return date sometime in September 2018.