An unexpected guest made a faux pas as Saturday afternoon’s Angels-Tigers game just got underway. Left fielder J.B. Shuck took a 2-2 Max Scherzer fastball deep to right field for a lead-off solo home run. The blast was his second of the year, one of the few things he’s done on the positive end of things with the bat.
Shuck rounded the bases, as one is wont to do after hitting a home run. One of the camera guys was following Shuck as he rounded the third base bag and took a spill in front of a crowd of nearly 37,000 and countless others watching on TV and online.
Thankfully for that guy, his moment will be immortalized forever:
(MLB.com isn’t allowing it to be embedded for some reason, but I’ve included it just in case it changes. Here’s the direct link to watch it on MLB.com.)
The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.