The discipline is in for Will Smith following his ejection last night for having a foreign substance on his arm. For cheating or for being too bleedin’ obvious about it, you pick.
The penalty: an eight-game suspension, according to Major League Baseball’s press release. You may recall that Michael Pineda received a 10-game suspension for pine tar last year. One can only assume that he was 25% more obvious about it than Smith was.
Smith’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight but he has elected to file an appeal. As such, the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
Baseball’s silliness about these kinds of infractions, however, will continue on unabated, it seems.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).