Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins couldn’t get on the same page on a Ben Zobrist pop-up at the start of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. The pop-up fell to the ground between both players, and the Royals would use it as a catalyst for a five-run inning.
In discussing the play after the game, the two players handled it in polar opposite ways. Goins accepted fault for the mistake, while Bautista didn’t think there was an issue. Via MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm:
Bautista, already on thin ice with a sizable percentage of baseball fans for his bat flip and his souvenir deke, isn’t likely to win over any new fans with this.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.