Update (10:20 PM EST): Collins apologized, per MLive.com’s Chris Iott. He said, “I’m absolutely embarrassed it happened and I’m very sorry to everybody in Detroit.” Also per Iott, manager Brad Ausmus said, “It’s clearly something that can’t happen.”
Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins lost a Marcus Semien fly ball in the lights. Left fielder Justin Upton made things worse, booting the ball and allowing Semien to advance from second base to third base.
Fans at Comerica Park booed and Collins responded by flipping them off, which you can see in this video:
(h/t Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press)
Collins was likely frustrated as he also struck out to end the Tigers’ rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Tigers had already scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Collins is the first Tiger to make an indecent gesture at Tigers fans since Joe Nathan in August 2014. Nathan later apologized.
Then-Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon grabbed his crotch in front of the crowd at Citizens Bank Park in September 2014, an incident for which he was immediately ejected and later suspended seven games by Major League Baseball.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.