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.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.