Video: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits first major league homer


It took 54 plate appearances, but Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally has his first major league home run under his belt. There should be plenty more where that came from.

With one out in the top of the first inning on Tuesday evening in San Francisco, Guerrero worked a full count against Nick Vincent before drilling a 90 MPH fastball out to center field to give the Jays an early 1-0 lead. Statcast measured the blast at 438 feet, 111 MPH off the bat.

Entering Tuesday’s action, Guerrero was hitting a lackluster .191/.283/.234. Perhaps with the stress of hitting his first homer gone, he’s due for a hot streak.

Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension for explosive tirade

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.

The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”

Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”

In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.