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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.

 

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.