Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that the State of New Jersey has dropped criminal charges against Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera. She says that charges were dropped because Herrera’s girlfriend, the victim of the alleged attack, is unwilling to cooperate with authorities bringing the case.
Herrera was arrested on May 27 after allegedly attacking his girlfriend inside the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. According to the police report there were hand print markings on the woman’s neck and scratches on her arms. Herrera was placed on administrative leave following the incident. The Phillies subsequently asked that his name be removed from the All-Star ballot and removed banners of him from around Citizens Bank Park.
Though his legal troubles now appear to be over, he is still subject to a suspension from Major League Baseball. Whether the Phillies even want him back after any suspension is an open question as well.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.