Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams benched outfielder Bryce Harper for not hustling on this groundout back to the mound during the sixth inning of Saturdays’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
While no one could argue Harper was busting it down the first-base line, more egregious examples of loafing happen every night around Major League Baseball.
The 21-year-old slugger went 0-3 at the plate on Saturday before being replaced in left field by Kevin Frandsen, who drove in a run in his second at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Bryce Harper on getting benched for lack of hustle: ‘I respect what [Williams] did, & it’s part of the game.’ #Nats#MLB#NationalsTalk
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hasn’t had a ton of at bats this season, but he made the most of one during Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
During the top of the sixth inning, Maldonado hit a hard grounder to third base. The hit was so hard that Maldonado actually ripped the cover off of the ball. When third baseman Pedro Alvarez had to field it, he was clearly confused, still throwing the ball to first base anyway.
Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship last weekend. It was the 19-year old’s first major LPGA win. To celebrate, the Florida native threw out the first pitch at a Miami Marlins game. It did not go well as Billy the Marlin had to scramble to field the grounder she tossed him.
Heading into the 2014 season, most Yankee fans were wondering who would fill the Alex Rodriguez-sized hole at third base. Yangervis Solarte quickly answered the call to the call.
Solarte started the first triple of the season on Thursday night, fielding a hard-hit groundball from the Rays’ Sean Rodriguez, stepping on third base and wheeling the ball to second, starting the 5-4-3 triple play .
Check out this crazy stat:
.@CC_Sabathia has been on the mound for all three of the @Yankees‘ most recent triple plays – 2010, 2013 and 2014.
The Yankees may have found a solution at third base. In addition to his hot glove, Solarte, 26, is hitting .333/.418/.458 with seven runs batted in. Its a small sample size, but so far so good for the young kid.
Texas Rangers ace, Yu Darvish, continues to mesmerize on the mound — He has a 0.82 ERA and 23 K’s in three starts so far this season — but it’s difficult to tell at first glance where the idea for this GIF came from. There’s a whole lot going on. Pitbull’s fist-pumping in the background while Miley’s MTV VMA, uh, performance is superimposed upfront. Whatever the case maybe, its awesome.
Bryce Harper made a new Gatorade commercial that includes him tearing the covers off balls and yelling like a wild beast.
Dripping Gatorade, Harper socks a dinger that comes to embody his screaming face mid-flight. Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” plays as the 21-year-old outfielder steps to the mound. He stares down the pitch and pieces a shot out of the stadium. The ball rockets into the atmosphere and rips apart, revealing Harper’s screaming face.