Carlos Gomez says Astros fans threw a lime and a baseball at him

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Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez was released by the Astros last month after putting up a disappointing .594 OPS across 85 games. He also played subpar defense, making a few plays one wouldn’t have expected from a former Gold Glove Award winner.

The Rangers were happy to snap him up two days after he was released and the change of scenery has been good for Gomez. He has a .789 OPS in 73 plate appearances with the Rangers with seemingly improved defense, having also made a couple of highlight reel plays.

The two clubs played the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Gomez, playing center field, caught the final out of the game: a fly out to deep center by Jose Altuve. Gomez told the media, including MLB.com’s Ryan Posner, that an Astros fan at Minute Maid Park threw a lime at him while he was attempting to catch the last out of the game. Gomez then made a gesture to the crowd and another fan threw a baseball at him.

If one looks at the replay, which you can see starting at the 2:30 mark in this recap video from MLB.com, something does appear to go across the screen near Gomez. Gomez said, “You can say whatever you want, I don’t care. But when you try to injure me, or hurt me, that’s not funny.” He added that security personnel at Minute Maid Park were able to find the fan who threw the lime at him.

The Astros, who need to overcome five other teams in the American League Wild Card race, will likely be watching the playoffs from home this October. For the fans, that stings after getting a taste of success last season. To then also watch a star player who performed poorly for the Astros but then went to a division rival and thrived, that also stings. One can understand Astros fans’ discontent. But, needless to say, none of that justifies throwing objects at an opposing player.

It’s worth pointing out that this kind of behavior isn’t unique to Astros fans. Nor Phillies fans, as per their reputation. Every fan base has their malcontents, drunk and otherwise, who occasionally go over the line. This doesn’t reflect poorly on the Astros, but just on sports fans in general. Remember, at the end of the day, we’re all watching adults wearing pajamas chase a white sphere around a field of dirt and grass. It’s a game and it’s meant to be fun.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.