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Diamondbacks to call up first base prospect Kevin Cron

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The numbers down in Triple-A this year are absolutely redonkulous — and the numbers being put up by the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team, the Reno Aces, are maybe the silliest in the game — but at some point you can’t ignore gaudy stats.

Here are some gaudy stats: .339/.437/.800 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI in 44 games. That’s the line put up first base prospect Kevin Cron so far this year and it has earned him a promotion to the bigs. And yes, he is C.J. Cron‘s brother.

How much of a “prospect” you want to call Cron depends on how you feel about 26-year-old rookies who didn’t rate particularly high on the various prospects that circulate before each season. Still, bop is bop and the Dbacks are short of bop right now. And really, he bops in the bigs like he boped in the bushes, the Dbacks could flip him to someone in need of some 1B/DH production, right?

Vive le bop.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.