Trey Mancini has played seven games this season and has four homers. That’s great, but a lot of guys have hit four homers in the first seven games of a season.
If you stretch things back to last year, Mancini has a record. Not a major one, but a pretty neat one.
Mancini played in five games last season and had three homers. Taken together, that gives him seven homers in his first 12 major league games. That matches Trevor Story — last year’s first-half rookie sensation with the Rockies — and Dino Restelli of the Pirates, back in 1949, for the most homers in the first 12 games of their career.
Restelli only played in two major league seasons — 1949 and 1951 — and finished with 13 homers. Who knows how great Story’s career will be. Same goes for Mancini. But the start of things has been pretty great.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.