Bryan Price thinks Jason Heyward’s slide into third was “dirty”

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In yesterday’s Cardinals-Reds game, Jason Heyward hit an RBI double that he tried to stretch into a triple. Brandon Phillips fired the relay throw and Todd Fraizer applied the tag to a sliding Heyward at third for the out. You can watch it here. Before you do, however, know that Reds’ manager Bryan Price thinks it was a dirty slide. From the Post-Dispatch:

“Something happened at third base with Heyward. I thought that was a bad slide there,” Price told reporters. “I thought that was a dirty slide and I didn’t like that at all. He’s not a dirty player, but I just thought it was a bad slide and a dirty slide. It could have really affected Frazier and I’m not happy about that nor are any of our players. Hopefully we’ll be able to use it as fuel in this series to find ways to win games like (this).”

It was a late slide, sure, but dirty? That seems like a stretch. Note that third base coach Jose Oquendo is standing there passively, not telling Heyward to slide, so it’s also possible that Heyward assumed the relay throw was going home and didn’t realize he needed to slide until it was too late for a cleaner one. Also, note how instantaneously Heyward popped up to make sure Frazier was OK. Derrick Goold’s story about it at the Post-Dispatch likewise notes that Heyward showed immediate, evident concern for Frazier after the play.

There is a history of bad blood between these two teams. Some bad blood that, in once case anyway, ended a guy’s career. For Price to be talking up a seemingly innocuous play and saying that it should provide “fuel” seems pretty dang irresponsible, frankly.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.