Baseball fans have come accustom to seeing Minor League manager Joe Mikulik lose it every now and again. However, this tirade was a bit different.
Mikulik, 50, has already had his fair share of memorable tantrums on the field. He’s now wearing a different uniform than he was during his past performances, but he still has the same creativity.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Texas Rangers’ Single-A affiliate) manager got tossed from a game Sunday in the fifth inning after disagreeing with umpire Adam Beck’s call at the plate.
Big League Stew’s David Brown detailed the play in question:
Mikulik’s displeasure stemmed (at least in the present) from the top of the fifth when Myrtle Beach’s Christopher Bostick grounded into a 5-2-3 inning-ending double play, with Luis Mendez being tagged out at the plate. There’s no video of the play, but it was Mendez’s slide that Mikulik apparently was repeating for Beck.
Instead of waiting until he got to the clubhouse to undress, he decided to get a head start on the process while still on the field.
After a long stint on the DL, Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer wasted little time getting back into a hitting groove, as the two-time All-Star hit for the cycle for the second time in his career in the Rockies’ 10-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
It’s a bright spot in what has been an abysmal season for the Colorado Rockies. The team’s record stands at 49-75 after Sunday night’s victory over the Reds.
Hopefully, this performance is a sign that Cuddyer is fully healed and can give the team a second star to count on heading into the final stretch of this season. He’s been a stud since moving to the Rockies in 2012 and boasts a .331 average in 33 games this year. Cuddyer’s contract is up at the end of the season, and he may need a strong finish if the Rockies are going to consider re-signing him.
As New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter continues his final season in Major League Baseball, people around the world continue to pay tribute to the 40-year-old legend.
However, this might be the one of the most unique and creative tributes to a athlete I’ve ever seen. Von Thun’s Country Farm in New Jersey, created this five-acre corn maze of the future hall of fame shortstop. It will be up until the end of October.
Reigning Miss Texas Monique Evans stopped by Arlington last night to cheer up Rangers fans struggling through a woeful season. Whether this atrocious first pitch was intentional or not, it succeeded in making people laugh.
It was less of a 58-footer and more of an 8-footer.
Manfred beat out Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner in the first contested vote for a new commissioner in 46 years. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, dropped out just before the start of voting.
The 55-year-old New Yorker has served as MLB’s chief operating officer for the past year.
Manfred knows the ropes, having spent 16 years working with Selig and being in negotiations involving owners and players. All indications are that this should be a smooth transition for not only him, but also the league.
Selig is the second-longest-serving head of baseball behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44).
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura turned back the clock on Wednesday afternoon, throwing a tantrum for the ages after being ejected. In the seventh inning with the White Sox leading 1-0, Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers tagged out Gregor Blanco at home plate on a fielder’s choice.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the ruling, claiming that Blanco should be awarded home because Flowers didn’t allow a lane for the runner to slide.
After a very lengthy review, the call was overturned and the Giants were awarded a run. That’s when Ventura lost it.
The White Sox skipper bounded out of the dugout to argue and was immediately ejected, per MLB rules. That didn’t stop him from kicking dirt all over home plate, reminiscent of former MLB manager Lou Piniella. The best part was that once wasn’t enough for Ventura, as he returned to argue the placement of the runners and kick more dirt all over the place.
In the end, the call turned out to be pivotal, as the Giants scored six more runs in the inning to secure a 7-1 victory.