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A.J. Hinch suspended one game over Angel Hernandez dustup

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On Friday night Astros manager A.J. Hinch was ejected from the Astros-Cardinals game in the first inning. The ejection came after Hinch said something to home plate umpire Angel Hernandez that Hernandez did not care for. Since that something was about the strike zone, yeah, that’s an automatic suspension because managers can’t argue balls and strikes. Whether it’s something any other umpire would let pass is an open question, of course. Hernandez has a history of having thin skin about such things.

After the ejection a long on-field argument ensued and Hinch got his money’s worth. He also slightly bumped Hernandez and C.B. Bucknor a bit. After the game, in an interview, Hinch called Hernandez “unprofessional” and “arrogant.”

Today, not surprisingly, Hinch is paying the price for all of that: he has been suspended for one game and has been fined an undisclosed amount. It’s a pretty light sentence all things considered. One gets the sense that Major League Baseball is in a position in which, while it cannot condone Hinch’s actions and response to Hernandez, it kinda understands.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.