A team of ex-major leaguers — and at least one of their kids — is getting together to compete in an amateur baseball tournament. Roger Clemens (and son Kody Clemens), Josh Beckett, Tim Hudson, Jason Isringhausen, Roy Oswalt, Rick Ankiel, Carl Everett, J. D. Drew and Dan Uggla are joining team organizers Adam LaRoche and Nate Robertson on the “Kansas Stars” team in the upcoming National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
The tournament is normally for college-aged guys with marginal professional prospects. Indeed, the story about it in the New York Times notes that the ace of last year’s winner was recently released by an A-ball team. So, if the creaky bodies of the Kansas Stars’ players are able to withstand a two-week tournament, these old dudes will probably do pretty well, one assumes.
All that being said, I’m rooting for a team of marginal college-age amateurs to beat the snot of ’em.
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.”