Mets reliever Carlos Torres joined Casey Stern of Inside Pitch on MLB Network Radio today and he had some weird things to say about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
You can listen to part of the interview below, but Stern tweeted out some of the highlights of the conversation:
I believe that Torres is referring to this game-saving catch from Heyward, which was actually from last season. And it was a tremendous play. Still, Torres obviously disagrees with his own manager, Terry Collins, who said that Puig’s play on Thursday night was the second-best catch he had ever seen. Either way, it’s a weird thing to criticize. Both were great.
Where Torres really loses me is this idea that the media is making him out to be better than he is. Last I checked, Puig is batting .343/.438/.614 in 43 games this season. Sure, he’ll always be a lightening rod for attention, both positively and negatively, but he doesn’t need the media’s help to let people know that he’s damn good at baseball.
Bryce Harper, who said he was tired after taking his cuts in the first round, certainly appeared gassed in the final round. So, too, did his dad, who was throwing to him. But Harper caught fire, going on a tear and tying Kyle Schwarber with 18 home runs before time expired in the final round of the 2018 Home Run Derby. Harper unlocked 30 seconds of bonus time by hitting two home runs at least 440 feet. With his second swing in bonus time, Harper homered to straightaway center field for No. 19. He tossed his bat in celebration, grabbed his trophy, then gave it to his dad before he was mobbed on the field by his All-Star teammates.
Harper hit 13 home runs in the first round, eliminating Freddie Freeman and advancing to the semifinals. In the semis, Harper topped Max Muncy 13-12 to advance to the finals. On Schwarber’s side of the bracket, he bested Alex Bregman 16-15, then defeated Rhys Hoskins 21-20.
Harper is the first member of the Nationals (or Expos) to win the Home Run Derby. Harper participated in the 2013 Derby but finished in second place behind Yoenis Céspedes. Harper is also the first left-handed hitter to win the Derby since Prince Fielder in 2012. The only players to win the Derby in their home park are Todd Frazier in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg in 1990.
As a spectator, the 2018 Home Run Derby was tons of fun. The four-minute clock adds a lot of tension and intrigue even to the initial rounds. Seeing teammates cheer and get excited for their teammates in the Derby is really fun. Of course, watching dinger after dinger is cool, too. Can’t wait for next year.