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Yasiel Puig to Keith Olbermann: “I don’t flip on homers”

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Name one player who’s having more fun this postseason than Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers’ tongue-wagging, bat-flipping, extra base-hitting right fielder hogged the spotlight during Game 1 of the NLCS, collecting an RBI double in the fifth inning and returning in the seventh for his first postseason home run. Puig being, well, Puig, he made the moments his own, flipping his bat sky-high on the one-out double and giving himself a generous curtain call after his 378-footer off of the Cubs’ Mike Montgomery.

That kind of self-congratulatory style — no matter how well-earned — didn’t sit quite right with GQ’s Keith Olbermann, who took to Twitter to call out the Dodgers’ star and ended up sparking a salty conversation:

Granted, if things hadn’t gone the Dodgers’ way on Saturday, maybe Puig’s antics would have felt out of place. But as long as they continue to steamroll the competition, there’s no harm in having some fun with it.

In the end, even Olbermann came around.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.