No, this isn’t another Madison Bumgarner home run video, but it’s pretty good regardless. Watch him show off his agility to catch a throw from Brandon Belt and get the out at first base this afternoon against the Cubs.
Bumgarner also had a heck of a day on the mound, striking out 12 batters over six innings of one-run ball as part of an 9-1 victory. He now owns a 2.97 ERA for the year and is tied with Chicago’s Jake Arrieta for the MLB lead with 16 wins.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, all-time home run king Barry Bonds has lost his collusion case against MLB.
It was reported back in May that Bonds planned to file a grievance on the grounds that he was blackballed from the game following the 2007 season. However, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz ultimately ruled in favor of MLB. Heyman writes that the ruling was made within the last few days.
Bonds had a bad reputation around the game and was reported to be a PED user by the time in question, but he posted a 1.045 OPS as a 42-year-old with the Giants in 2007. There’s no question that he could have been a productive player somewhere in 2008. He even offered to play at the major league minimum, but there were no takers.
It sure sounds like something fishy could have been going on here, but Heyman writes that there was “no smoking gun” in the case and that Horowitz “didn’t find the case compelling enough.” In other words, no hard evidence was found against MLB.
Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez did his best to catch up to the heat from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman this afternoon. It didn’t go so well initially, as he nearly swung out of his shoes. Check it out below:
Hernandez picked himself up, dusted himself off and eventually put the ball in play, reaching on an error by Brandon Phillips. That qualifies as redemption in my book.
Hernandez took to Twitter after the game to explain his swing against Chapman.
Sounds reasonable to me. Somebody should really look into that.