This is one of those deals where the headline sounds better than the actual story. It’s a true headline — Rockies catcher Tony Wolters really did knock the cover off a ball — but it’s not like he did it with a Hulk-like smash.
It happened in the bottom of the seventh inning of last night’s Padres-Rockies tilt. Wolters took a mighty (?) swing and . . . barely touched the ball, knocking it into the dirt for a swinging bunt. The bat hit the ball just right — or just wrong — and the ball hit the dirt just so that the seam ripped.
Wolters was safe at first but the only reason he made it was because the cover flapping off the ball caused it to fly like a knuckler on a bender. Watch:
This is not as uncommon of an occurrence as you might imagine. Jose Reyes did it last year. So did Wil Myers.
It’s almost as if something is going on with the baseballs which is making them less likely to stand up to the swing of a bat.
Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.
Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.
One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.