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Phillies’ Triple-A team taunted Mets’ by playing video of Rhys Hoskins’ homer and slow trot

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Last week, things between the Phillies and Mets got heated, apparently over unwritten rules. With his team leading 9-0 in the ninth inning, Mets reliever Jacob Rhame threw a fastball up and in to Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who wasn’t a fan of the location. Hoskins got his revenge the next day, hitting a two-run home run off of Rhame. Hoskins took a 34-second trot around the bases, the longest trot in baseball and beating his previous record of 28.88 seconds. MLB later suspended Rhame two games for his actions and the Mets sent him down to Triple-A Syracuse. If he is recalled, he will have to serve his suspension out before appearing in a game.

The rivalry between the Phillies and Mets has continued at the Triple-A level. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) are in the midst of hosting the Syracuse Mets for a four-game series. As Rhame took the mound in the sixth inning of Monday’s game, the IronPigs played a video of Hoskins’ homer and trot around the bases, according to Nate Mink of Syracuse.com.

Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco was unhappy with the choice to play the video, giving IronPigs president and GM Kurt Landes a piece of his mind following the game. DeFrancesco said that what happens between the Phillies and Mets at the major league level has nothing to do with the clubs at the minor league level. Landes apologized and said he was unaware of the choice to display the video.

The Mets won Monday’s contest 7-5 and demolished the IronPigs 18-5 on Tuesday. Veteran outfielder Carlos Gómez said, “They didn’t respect (us), not only the pitcher, they don’t respect us as a team. They should not have played that video. We’re all professionals here.” Gómez added, “It’s good we beat them, so they can feel (us).”

Minor league teams have gotten more and more into the entertainment business, so this isn’t surprising. Even after the incident, the IronPigs continued to have fun at the Mets’ expense:

Even Rhame wasn’t miffed by Hoskins’ slow trot. After that game last week, he said, “He got me. Make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases.” It’s hard to imagine he was upset about the video being played.

This seems like good-natured ribbing from a rival affiliate. DeFrancesco should loosen his tie a little bit.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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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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