Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Cardinals last night. It was broken up by a Jeremy Hazelbaker home run and, with that, it was pretty clear that his night was going to be over, as Aroldis Chapman was warming in the pen.
But he wasn’t totally warm yet, which led to mound meeting to buy Chapman some time. Are clubs supposed to do that? Not really, it’s a delay tactic. Does it happen all the dang time? Of course it does. And given the situation — if Hendricks had retired Hazelbaker he’d still be out there, no-hitter intact — it’s pretty understandable that Chapman might be given a few extra seconds to warm up and Hendricks a few extra seconds to soak in his moment.
Joe West wasn’t having it, though. He started barking at the Cubs infielders meeting at the mound and then got into it with Joe Maddon, who was soon ejected. If you can read lips, you can tell that the two of them exchanged all manner of filth, flarn and foul:
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After the game Maddon didn’t speak much about it, but as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports, his annoyance at West was palpable.
I’ve lamented that so many rules Major League Baseball has enacted and proposed in recent years takes discretion away from umpires. But then I’m reminded that, in some cases, that’s a pretty good idea. At least as long as Joe West is out there running things.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”