This is a pretty amusing article from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. He talked to some players and managers and they were big fans of the Manny Machado–Yordano Ventura dustup last night.
Anthony Rizzo, referring to this and the Jose Bautista–Rougned Odor fracas, said “the two fights this year have been pretty healthy, in my opinion.” Joe Maddon “loved it.”
The column delves into the complexities of these things. Ego. Defense. Competitive energy and emotion. In most of these cases people just get carried away. Disapprobation of an act on the diamond tends to have a direct relationship to how much it seemed premeditated. Yordano Ventura is pretty clearly considered the villain here because of his pitch. Machado’s motivation, though everyone knows he’ll get suspended and agrees he should, was far more relatable and understandable. A reaction.
Whether it’s “healthy,” like Rizzo said is a matter of debate, I guess. We’ve been pretty lucky that in our two high-profile brawls this year no one was hurt. That certainly changes the calculus. If things went differently and, say, Machado broke his hand or Ventura’s jaw or vice-versa, there would be a much more robust conversation about the ethics of fighting today, I presume.
In the meantime, these fights are like any others you see: entertaining to the extent you don’t think too hard about their troubling aspects and only truly troubling to the extent damage is done.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.