Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run last night against the Padres, except here’s the thing: It wasn’t.
The ball actually cleared the fence just past the out-stretched glove of left fielder Seth Smith for what should have been a regular, old fashioned home run, but the umpire incorrectly believed that the ball had not cleared the wall. So no home run call was made, but Smith didn’t bother chasing after the ball because he thought it was a home run. And then Suzuki just kept running.
Here’s the MLB.com video:
No instant replay required because it would have been a home run either way, and this way we at least got to see Suzuki’s huge smile and hear Minnesota announcer Bert Blyleven’s laughter.
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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.