Jose Fernandez beaned David Peralta. It was an accident, but the Dbacks retaliated anyway

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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:

 

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.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.