Great Moments in minor league baseball

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You’d think this would come from the low minors, but it’s from Triple-A.  Either way, it’s fantastic:

  • Team on a bad skid is getting killed.
  • Other team has dumb celebration ritual that, while harmless, makes losing team mad.
  • Managers bark at each other.
  • Pitcher for losing team throws ball at hitter, gets himself and manager ejected.
  • Manager yells at pitcher for being immature.
  • Pitcher says “screw it, I quit.” And literally quits baseball. For good.

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Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”