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Addison Russell signs with Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes

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Former Cubs infielder Addison Russell has signed a deal with the Kiwoom Heroes in South Korea. It’s a $530K contract. The deal was reported by Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News.

Russell was non-tendered by the Cubs last December. He was suspended 40 games by Major League Baseball in October of 2018 after his now-ex-wife Melisa Reidy detailed years of physical abuse she suffered at his hands.

The Cubs’ non-tender, however, was not a response to Russell’s history of abuse. Indeed, the Cubs tendered Russell a contract a couple months after his suspension was announced and he played for them in 2019. He played poorly, though, which is why the Cubs cut ties.

Now he’ll play for the Heroes.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.