Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson may be gone, but the Dbacks’ you-hit-us-we-hit-you mentality lives on. Regardless of the fact that the “you hit us” in this case was clearly unintentional.
In last night’s Marlins-Dbacks game, Jose Fernandez hit David Peralta on the helmet with a pitch. Based on Fernandez’s reaction, the situation and the fact that there is no bad blood here to begin with, it was clearly an accident.
Yet despite that, the Diamondbacks were barking at Fernandez from the dugout as their teammate still lay on the ground. Specifically Turner Ward, who was ejected at the time.
Then, later, Dbacks pitcher Dominic Leone threw one at the backside of Christian Yelich, in what was clear retaliation. He was immediately tossed.
Watch all of that:
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What on Earth motivated the Dbacks there is beyond me. Text messages from the old regime? Fear that Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart wouldn’t think that they were old school enough? Listen to the Dbacks announcers after Yelich is hit. They think there was nothing wrong with it and are all over the umpire, so apparently whatever it is motivating all of this permeates the organization.
Thankfully Peralta appears to be OK, with concussion tests coming back negative. I presume a scan of the brains of some of the Dbacks players would come back in much the same way.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.