Wily Peralta hit Justin Morneau with a high hard one in last night’s Pirates-Brewers game and benches emptied:
After the game, Peralta was asked if he threw at Morneau on purpose. Here’s what he said:
“It wasn’t on purpose,” said Peralta. “We tried to go up and in. The ball slipped out of my hand and go right up and hit him. I don’t want to hit him, especially in that situation.”
Of course, Morneau came to the plate right after Andrew McCutchen hit a homer (after which some might think was admiring it, but in reality he wasn’t sure where the ball went). Yet, at the time, the Brewers still had a four run lead and there was, of course, no one on base. Which pretty much makes that the EXACT situation someone would throw at a batter if one were so inclined. So spare me the “in that situation” talk, dude.
Let’s see a suspension for Peralta today, MLB. He clearly threw at a guy’s head on purpose. A guy who lost a huge chunk of time as well as his MVP-level mojo thanks to multiple concussions.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.