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.
Major League Baseball put Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave pursuant to its domestic violence policy the other day. The thought at the time was that the move was made solely because Russell’s ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, had written a blog post reiterating past claims of domestic violence. As Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that’s not all they had:
The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players’ union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation.
The league’s investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said.
Reidy’s allegations alone, once assessed by MLB, would likely be enough to warrant Russell a suspension. That there is more out there would seem to make the case against him even stronger. The upshot: I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Russell will be back with the Cubs this year.