In case you can’t tell, I love baseball, and I love yelling about sports. So I’m hoping to do a Major League Baseball update every other week with crazy things that happened or any news that breaks during the weeks.
Shohei Ohtani made his debut for the Angels
The newly signed Japanese double-threat got his first pitching start and hit his first home run for the halos on Tuesday.
And rightly got the silent treatment after returning to the dugout:
(Gifs from MLB Gifs & Embeddable Video)
Then on Wednesday, he hit his second home run off Corey Kluber—which isn’t good since Kluber’s on my fastasy team.
Ohtani’s been dubbed the “Japanese Babe Ruth” because of his work on the mound and from the plate. As for pitching, he went up against the A’s and went six innings and gave up three hits and three runs for a win on Sunday. (That makes him the first player since Ruth to win a game and hit a 1st inning home run two days later.)
Gabe Kapler’s rookie move
So in addition to acting as promotions and social media director for the Phillies, Gabe Kapler is their new manager (and former Red Sox player). You’d expect him to have some knowledge of how the game works, ya know, but apparently not when it comes to pitching.
During last week’s game against the Braves, Kapler wanted to make a pitching change and called for Hoby Milner (that’s such a baseball name, but like an old-timey baseball name) to come into the game. Cool. But Milner wasn’t warming up in the bullpen and wasn’t ready to pitch. He had to rush to throw a few pitches in the ‘pen before coming into the game. The umps gave him five warmup pitches from the mound before the game resumed.
According to Yahoo!, the crew chief said he allowed Milner to throw warm pitches to protect Milner’s health, which MLB agreed with, but Kapler will get more than a slap on the wrist next time.
(BUT KAPLER USED A POSITION PLAYER AS A PITCHER THREE GAMES INTO THE SEASON, AND IT MAKES MY HEART HAPPY.)
Tigers and MLB at odds
There’s a he said, she said going on with the Tigers and MLB. Last Friday, a replay review overturned a walk-off victory for the Tigers over the Pirates in a game the Pirates went on to win 13-10 in 13 innings.
In the 10th inning, Detriot’s Nicholas Castellanos was called safe at home and the Tigers spilled onto the field to celebrate. The play was reviewed, while the Tigers were still on the field, and Castellanos was called out to end the innings.
Ron Gardenhire (oh hey Gardy!) argued with the umps and got tossed. According to ESPN, Gardy said on Monday that MLB acknowledged that mistakes were made, but then MLB said that it stood behind the decision and said the correct call was made.
Something like this might not seem like a big deal one week into the season, but what if that Tigers loss costs them the division at the end of September? What if winning that game against the Pirates pushes them into the post-season?
Giancarlo Mike Staton’s Yankee welcome
Derek Jeter did a big salary dump before this season, so that’s how Stanton ended up on the Yankees. (And gives me more opportunities to mock him by calling him “Mike”.) Yankees fans were expecting Stanton to start the season off with a bang.
On Tuesday, he struck out five times at home, and ultimately got booed by Yankees fans. Nothing says “I’m worth the millions of dollars you’re paying me” like going 0-5.
Then on Wednesday, Stanton crushed a ball to left field for his first home run in pinstripes. At least he didn’t hit it to right field because we all know it has a short porch. According to Statcast, the ball traveled 458 feet and is the hardest hit ball this season at 117.9 mph.
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