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:
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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