Manny Machado has a deal in place with the San Diego Padres. It has not been officially announced — he had a physical yesterday and has another one today and they’re presumably ordering confetti and whatnot for the press conference — but he has a deal.
The Padres team store at Petco Park, however, was not all that interested in waiting for the official announcement. They started selling jerseys yesterday. At least for a few minutes. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Jerseys with Machado’s No. 13 and name on the back were for sale in the team store Wednesday afternoon before being pulled when the Padres were notified.
Team officials said there has been a surge in ticket sales and inquiries since reports of Machado’s deal Tuesday. But consistent with their insistence they have not signed Machado, the Padres quickly alerted vendor Delaware North that the jerseys had to be removed from the racks.
I say wait until 2020 and get a brown and yellow one, but good for those of you who snagged an early model yesterday.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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