Steve Stone uncorked a strong candidate for worst home run call of all time

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Last night Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the White Sox some added insurance in their win over the Minnesota Twins. The tiebreaker hit just before was probably the big moment, but Flowers’ bomb was pretty important too.

Here was Steve Stone’s call of it (if the video gets taken down, you can view it here):

Goosebumps, man. Goosebumps.

(h/t Huffington Post)

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.