Bud Selig on St. Louis: “You are the best baseball city.”

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Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attended the 57th annual St. Louis BBWAA Dinner on Sunday night. Addressing a rather crowded audience, he spoke highly of St. Louis:

No word on whether Cardinals fans are the best fans in baseball, however.

During the event, many awards were handed out:

  • Hall of Famer and former manager Red Schoendienst was honored with the Schoendienst Medal, presented by Rick Hummel
  • Selig was the first recipient of the Schoendienst Medal
  • Ron Jacober and Dick Kaegel accepted the Hyland/Hummel award for journalistic contributions to baseball
  • Magneuris Sierra won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year Award
  • Marco Gonzales won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award
  • 2014 National League stolen base leader Dee Gordon was presented with the Lou Brock Award
  • Kolten Wong won the Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award
  • Adam Wainwright accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink “Man of the Year” Award, dedicating it to Oscar Taveras and Brian Burwell
  • Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each received the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball

I think the informal “best fans” award is the one people are going to be talking about, however.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.