I somehow missed this yesterday but, my God, is it a heck of a thing.
The game in question involved a couple of teams in a Canadian semi-pro league. The batter in question is named Starlin Rodriguez who, once upon a time, played in the Rays and Cardinals organizations before joining the ranks of independent baseball several years ago. The play in question involved what was a no-doubt home run.
The act in question: watching the whole flight path of the ball before leaving the batter’s box and then launching his bat so high in the air that it made every other bat flip look like a self-conscious apology. The slow trot was something else too.
Behold, as filmed by Ken Hashizume from Sunshine 89 in Orillia, Ontario:
The dinger did knock in the go-ahead runs in a clinching game of a championship series so, hey, excitement is excitement. But even a bat-flip loving guy like me understands the catcher’s anger in that case.
Top that, Jose Bautista.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.