Everyone appears to be healthy and fine so we can now talk about how funny this looked.
Top of the eighth inning, Marlins vs. Mets. Yoenis Cespedes in left field. A foul ball is hit and heads for the stands. Cespedes comes over and looks for a second like he’s going to let it go, but then realizes that it’s maybe reachable. Rather than just reach in, however, he leaps. And takes the dude in the sunglasses out with his knee/thigh:
Cespedes stayed in the stands for a second and a trainer came out, but both Yo and the fan seemed fine. A moment later the fan was busy on his cell phone, no doubt getting texts from everyone he knows, asking what it feels like to get run over by a big muscular outfielder.
I’m assuming video of this will be up on MLB.com soon. We’ll snag it when it’s available.
The Pirates announced that they have designated Michael Morse for assignment. Morse is making $8 million this year. Pittsburgh was were paying about $5 million of it.
Morse has traveled a bit since leaving Washington following the 2012 season, having made his way from Seattle to Baltimore to San Francisco to Miami and then to the Pirates last year. He was with the Dodgers for a millisecond too, though he didn’t appear for them. His 2014 with the Giants was good but hit a mere .231/.313/.336 with Miami and Pittsburgh last year in 98 games. This year he was 0-for-8 in six games with the Pirates.
Now that he’s being cut loose, assuming he clears waivers and doesn’t accept a minor league assignment, both of which seem likely, he’ll be a free agent. And can ask any team in baseball to take him on.
The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have called up reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A. You may recall that, last fall, Toronto signed him to a contract after claiming him off waivers from Oakland.
Venditte was no great shakes in the bigs in his first season last year, posting a 4.40 ERA in 28 and two-thirds innings while striking out 23 and walking 12. But he’s always going to draw attention, even when being called up to fill some middle relief/cannon-fodder role given that he’s ambidextrous and throws with each arm. As we’ve noted in the past, if only he threw with each of them or even one of them a bit better, he’d have a better chance to stick someplace. For now, though, he’s fun.