Quote of the Day: Freddie Freeman inadvertently illustrates the silliness of the foreign substance rules


Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Will Smith’s foreign substance:

Every pitcher does it. As a hitter you want them to do it so they have a better grip, so we don’t get hit in the head. But just hide it better next time.”

Translation: “That thing you’re doing which is a really great idea and even a safety measure? Jesus, hide it better!” Which makes absolutely zero sense.

And here’s Craig Counsell in the same vein:

“Pitchers are trying to get grips on the ball. We’ve had hitters on other teams ask for pitchers to get a grip on the ball. We’ve had hitters hit in the head asking for pitchers to get grips on the ball. It’s very common. It goes on, on the other side, I guarantee you. It’s the rule. Pitchers are using it. You’ve got to be discreet about it, I guess.

Again, ridiculous. And it compels one to ask why Fredi Gonzalez felt it necessary to point it out to the umps if, in reality, this was a safety measure for his hitters.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.