Billy Hamilton suffered what the Reds called a “mild concussion” while robbing Ryan Braun of a home run with a great catch Wednesday and the rookie center fielder remains out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates.
Yet another reason to stop referring to concussions as “mild.” No brain injury is mild and, as we’ve seen time and time again, no one has any real ability to predict how quickly an athlete will bounce back from one.
If he’s done for the season Hamilton would finish his rookie campaign hitting just .250 with a .295 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage in 152 games. His case for Rookie of the Year is built around his speed (56 steals, 23 caught stealing) and defense (18 runs above average according to Ultimate Zone Rating).
David Robertson’s rough outing last night would be remembered a whole lot differently had Derek Jeter not come through with a walk-off hit following the closer’s blown save.
The legend Robertson replaced, Mariano Rivera, even joked about the situation after the game, saying now we can all remember how Robertson gave up two homers on purpose so that Jeter could get even more glory.
Here is Robertson’s sense of relief, in his own words:
[I went] from pretty much the all-time low to all-time high. Thankfully the game was still tied and we weren’t losing. So I could live with myself at least a little bit. That was a heartbreaker though to give up two home runs to two good hitters, but it worked out. I was really down, but now I can walk away and go to sleep tonight.
It created another Derek Jeter moment. As much as I wished I wouldn’t have created it, I’m glad it happened.
It should also be noted that, while he’ll never be able to fill Rivera’s Hall of Fame-sized shoes, Robertson has been very good this season by converting 88 percent of his save chances with a 3.13 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 63 innings. And he’ll cash in big as a free agent this offseason.
Derek Jeter wasn’t the only Hall of Fame-caliber player to deliver a walk-off hit last night.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went opposite field for a walk-off homer against the A’s. And my favorite part is that Beltre absolutely hates having anyone touch his head–as documented many times over the years–but was basically forced into letting the entire team touch his head as he crossed home plate.
It’s funny to watch as Beltre comes to the realization his head is going to be touched as he rounds third base.
In the first at-bat of his final Yankee Stadium game Derek Jeter hit an RBI double off the wall, missing a home run by about a foot:
He then came around to score, tying the game at 2-2.
Nothing like a little late-season drama in the AL Central.
Yesterday afternoon White Sox ace Chris Sale plunked Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez with a pitch, clearing the benches.
Sale indicated that he believed Martinez, who’s hitting .334 this season, had someone in the outfield with binoculars relaying signs to him. He even made a binocular gesture with his hands circling his eyes, which Ian Kinsler of the Tigers later mocked.
(Al Beaton of the Tigers blog Bless You Boys has a good recap, including screen shots.)
Then after the game Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he felt Sale hit Martinez on purpose and called the whole notion “weak.” And so naturally today White Sox manager Robin Ventura fired back at him, saying:
He’s not weak and we don’t do weak things. And Chris doesn’t do weak things. He [Ausmus] should probably worry about his own team and invest a little more in his own team. Don’t worry about my team.
Adding to the drama? Ventura and the White Sox finish the season with a four-game series against the Royals, who’re trying to overtake Ausmus and the Tigers for the AL Central title.