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Miles Mikolas tries to pull off infamous A-Rod slap

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Remember way back in the day when Alex Rodriguez was a bad guy? That was fun. One of the top items on his evil résumé back then was the time he tried to slap his way out of being tagged out at first base during the 2004 ALCS. In case you somehow missed that, here you go.  Dude was raked over the coals for that.

The stakes were nowhere near as high in yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game — and Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was way, way more subtle about it all than A-Rod was — but he totally tried to slap second baseman David Bote‘s glove as he was covering first. You’ll get your best look at it at around the 45 second mark:

Javier Báez was charged with a throwing error on the play, but I can’t help but think that Bote had a better shot at scooping up the errant throw if he wasn’t interfered with. It’s also quite possible, though, that Mikolas beats the throw even if Bote comes up with it. Still: interference is interference and Mikolas should’ve been called out and Matt Weiters should’ve been send back to second base. Joe West totally missed it, of course.

It ended up not mattering, as Kyle Hendricks pitched out of the jam and the Cubs won, but it was still a violation of the rules.

 

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.