Gabe Kapler not happy with Braves for hitting Rhys Hoskins

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As Bill wrote last night, Braves reliever Shane Carle gave up a big home run to Bryce Harper in the seventh inning of last night’s game and then, two pitches later, was ejected after hitting first baseman Rhys Hoskins with a pitch.

While it’s debatable whether or not Carle was trying to hit Hoskins, that pitch, coming when it did and going where it did is often going to lead to an ejection. You don’t mess around near someone’s head and, given that it came after a homer, a pitcher is not gonna get the benefit of the doubt, even if the ball merely got away from him.

We don’t know if that’s Carle’s story, as he left the ballpark last night before reporters could talk to him. His manager and the situation —  an 0-1 count — suggested it was an accident, but it was understandable for the umps to err on the side of an ejection there. Especially given that the Braves were pitching Hoskins high-and-tight all weekend.

For his part, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was not having it:


If you can’t watch that video for some reason, Kapler said, “It really pisses me off when balls go underneath Rhys Hoskins’ chin. It really bugs me. He’s one of our leaders. He is, in many ways, the heartbeat of our club. It really bothers me when it happens.”

Hoskins, who broke his jaw on a foul ball last year, was, obviously, none too pleased himself, saying “I hit the ground three times in three days and that’s never fun, especially after the episode last year.” He suggested that if the Braves don’t like it when someone hits a home run that they not give up home runs. It’s a pretty on-point suggestion.

Oh well. I’d say that this could be the beginning of a spicy year-long series between these two sides, but I suppose the Braves have to actually beat the Phillies once for there to be some back and forth to it all. In the meantime it’s just a thing that happened on an otherwise great weekend for the Phillies and an otherwise bad weekend for Atlanta.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.