Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy wasted little time putting his team on the board against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. After Kiké Hernández flied out, Muncy drilled a 2-1, 92 MPH fastball into McCovey Cove for a solo homer. According to Statcast, it left the bat at about 109 MPH and traveled 426 feet.
Muncy, as you can see, admired his handiwork just for a bit. We’ve certainly seen much longer and flashier home run trots. Nevertheless, Bumgarner wasn’t pleased, yelling at Muncy while he rounded the bases. Muncy returned the salvo with some words of his own. Home plate umpire Will Little tried to calm Bumgarner down.
Though this behavior is nothing new for Bumgarner, he is also not pitching as well as he used to and is on the last year of a contract with a last-place team. There is ostensibly a lot of frustration there.
Update: The Dodgers ended up winning this game 1-0. After the game, Muncy had what may be the quote of the year. Behold:
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.