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A.J. Hinch says he will remove players if Yankees fans throw objects onto field again

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Astros right fielder Josh Reddick said some upset Yankees fans started throwing water bottles, baseballs, and other objects onto the field during Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday. After the game, Reddick told reporters, “I think I saw seven or eight water bottles out in the outfield, and two souvenir baseballs thrown from center field to left.”

That came after a replay review turned an Edwin Encarnación infield single into an out.

Ahead of Thursday night’s Game 4, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he would take his team off of the field if Yankees fans threw any objects onto the field again, the Associated Press reports. The skipper explained, “There’s other ways to support your home team, and this place does as good a job as anybody to trying to police that while also trying to create an environment that’s all pro Yankees. It would be a very ugly scene for baseball, a very ugly seen for the Yankees, if one of our guys was hit by something from the upper deck. Something tragic could happen and nobody wants that.”

NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty pointed out that the Yankees advised fans, via the Jumbotron, not to throw anything onto the field:

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).