Twins outfielder Torii Hunter got ejected from Wednesday night’s loss to the Royals for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire, at which point he went berserk and threw a tantrum that included disrobing and tossing his uniform onto the field.
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Hunter told reporters afterward that umpire Mark Ripperger was seeking “revenge” for his complaining about the previous pitch as well.
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.