Yoenis Cespedes isn’t the only outfielder who can turn a poor play in the outfield into a gem. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig misread a Drew Stubbs fly ball to right field, coming in before dashing back and making a leaping grab. Wilin Rosario, who was on second, tagged up and scampered to third base, but Puig scrambled to his feet and fired a strike to Hanley Ramriez who made the toss to third base for the out.
Watch Puig’s catch and throw:
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Despite the base running blunder, which happened after the Rockies nearly lost an 8-2 lead when the Dodgers scored five in the seventh, the Rockies were able to eke out an 8-7 win to halt a five-game losing streak. They have won only three of their last 19 games.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.