Wanna Buy Coco Crisp’s 17,900-square-foot estate?

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We’ve featured a lot of ballplayer real estate here in the past. Usually they’re McMansions. There are some exceptions to that. Babe Ruth’s apartment was not exactly a faux-Tudor exurban monstrosity. Barry Zito’s pad was quite a bit different than the usual gated golf community in which these guys tend to live. So was Barry Zito’s other house.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp‘s pad is likewise an exception.

Less a house than a gigantic compound/playground, it’s in Rancho Mirage, California in the Coachella Valley. It’s about 17,900-square-feet, has five-bedrooms, an elevator, a game room, a home theater with a popcorn machine, a built-in saltwater fish tank and a gym and a miniature baseball diamond for kids. It has “a swimming pool with a built-in dining table,” which seems impractical, but what do I know? A description of it at WSJ.com is here. Here is the full MLS listing at Realtor.com, with lots of pictures. One of the bedrooms has a baseball-themed bedspread. It looks like a kids room but it’s nicer than most bank executives’ master suites.

The Crisps are asking $9.995 million for it after purchasing it for $7 million a couple of years ago. The reason? Coco Crisp and his wife just want to. They’re keeping their offseason home in the same area. They just want a new pad. Good for them. When you’ve made roughly $60 million in career earnings and have another $11 million due this year, you can do that sort of thing too.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”