Yasiel Puig bought a house and it’s kind of boring and I’m sad

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Yasiel Puig has purchased a house. It costs more than you or I could ever afford, but it’s apparently pretty modest by rich professional athlete standards.

As Variety describes it, it’s a “micro mansion” in Sherman Oaks, California. A lot of beige with relatively middle-brow finishes and flourishes. Upscale, sure, but within the upscale world, pretty cookie cutter in a cookie cutter neighborhood. The sort of place that maybe an executive or an attorney might buy with a jumbo mortgage but which represents a pretty modest and low-profile investment for a star of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Not sure what to think about this. On the one hand I’m glad he didn’t buy something crazy, because you know damn well that would inspire some “what is Puig thinking/this guy is irresponsible” chatter from the people who like to chatter at him. But on the other hand I’m sort of sad that he didn’t get a “Rockford Files”-style trailer on a beach or, say, the Chemosphere House.

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.