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.

Report: Yoenis Cespedes to opt out of contract with Mets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets hits an rbi double scoring Jose Reyes #7 against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on August 20, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his contract shortly after the World Series concludes. Cespedes, who earned $17.5 million for the 2016 season, has two years and $47.5 million remaining on his deal which includes an opt-out clause.

That Cespedes plans to opt out isn’t surprising as he’s almost certain to get a better contract entering a weak free agent market. He hit a terrific .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI in 543 plate appearances for the Mets this past season.

It remains to be seen how the Mets will deal with potentially losing Cespedes. They can pick up a $13 million club option for Jay Bruce, but he performed terribly after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. The Mets could also go after free agents Jose Bautista or Mark Trumbo. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto will handle the other two outfield positions.

David Ortiz and Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 26:  (L-R) Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer 2016 Hank Aaron, Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox pose during the Hank Aaron Award ceremony prior to Game Two of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in their respective leagues.

Ortiz, 40, flourished in his final season, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances during the regular season. His .620 slugging percentage, 1.021 OPS, and 48 doubles led the majors while his 127 RBI led the American League. Ortiz also won the Hank Aaron Award back in 2005.

Bryant, 24, is the likely winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award as well. He hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 home runs and 102 RBI over 699 plate appearances. He also led the league by scoring 121 runs. Bryant is the first Cub to win the Hank Aaron Award since Aramis Ramirez in 2008.

Last year’s winners in the AL and NL, respectively, were Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.