Jonathan Papelbon ejected for crotch grab at fans (Video)

Jonathan Papelbon was ejected from Sunday’s Phillies-Marlins game after doing a crotch grab gesture to the fans following his blown save.

Papelbon entered with a 4-1 lead but allowed four runs to surrender the lead. As he was walking towards the dugout after recording the final out of the inning, he reacted to boos from the fans by adjusting his crotch. Umpire Joe West saw it and tossed Papelbon, who came out and argued with him.

Jonathan Papelbon Joe West

Though Papelbon’s gesture was out of line, so was West’s behavior. West got physical with Papelbon and forcibly moved the player out of his way. That is not at all how umpires should act and he should face discipline, too.

Jonathan Papelbon crotch grab

Papelbon denied doing a crotch grab at the fans:

This picture is pretty telling:

Photo: Twitter/Jeff Skversky; Video via Crossing Broad

Jenrry Mejia’s save celebration didn’t sit well with a few Nationals (Video)

jenrry-mejia-save-celebrationThe New York Mets picked up a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday, but it’s how the game ended that will be top of discussion on Saturday, atleast around the nation’s capital.

Jenrry Mejia nailed down his 26th save of the season and, in typical Jenrry Mejia fashion, had quite celebration afterward.

Now, Mejia is no stranger to theatrics. He did this after striking out Brett Gardner of the Yankees earlier in the season. And we’ve seen a version of the one he did on Friday before.

After Ian Desmond struck out to end the game, Bryce Harper unleashed a death stare towards Mejia.

Then there was Denard Span, who felt the antics were uncalled for.

Jenrry Mejia is certainly emotional and, depending on how it’s expressed, there’s always the chance of someone being rubbed the wrong way by it. Bryce Harper and Denard Span look to fall into that category in this case. Ian Desmond, on the other hand, apparently feels the same way many do in such situations.

Video: Instagram/mets

Giancarlo Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage

Giancarlo StantonGiancarlo Stanton suffered some serious damage when he was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers 88-mph fastball on Thursday night.

The Miami Marlins stud outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage, and a cut that required stitches. He is expected to be released from a Milwaukee hospital on Friday and hopes to return this season, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. The Marlins also do not believe Stanton will need surgery.

Passan shares these nasty details about the injury:

Yuck. I suppose that sort of thing will happen when you’re hit in the face by an 88-mph pitch though, you know? I’d love to see Giancarlo back in baseball before the end of the season. We all do. He would be one heck of a tough guy to make that happen.

Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamines, says he took Adderall

Chris Davis home runBaltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for amphetamines and he says the positive test was due to his use of Adderall.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

Davis would have needed to test positive twice in order to be suspended 25 games.

Though he mashed 53 home runs last season, Davis returned to normal this season and is batting .196 with 26 home runs. Because there are only 17 games left in the regular season for Baltimore, Davis would only be able to return to the first-place Orioles in the 9th game of the playoffs if they make it that far.

Casey McGehee went nuts during Marlins-Brewers fight (Video)

Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee and manager Mike Redmond were both ejected from Thursday’s game with the Brewers after two Marlins were hit by pitches in the same at-bat.

First Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by Mike Fiers (the pitch was called a strike because Stanton swung), and then Fiers hit pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, though that pitch also was called a strike.

The benches cleared after Fiers went inside on Johnson, and nobody was more upset than McGehee. The former Brewers infielder went nuts and flipped out on his old team.

McGehee explained after the game why he went all berserker raging.

“I got thrown out for arguing swings, is what I got thrown out for,” said McGehee via MLB.com. “I guess I’ve got to know better, but at the same time, you see our best player laying there, knowing he’s going to the hospital and carted off the field, and that’s ruled a swing. And then the next pitch hits the next guy, almost the same pitch, and that’s ruled a swing, too.”

Casey McGehee

Not only was he ejected, but it looked like he busted up something in the dugout. That might cost the team a few grand.

Photo: Twitter/brandonlemke

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has put his name squarely in the National League MVP discussion with the best season of his young career in 2014.

giancarlo-stanton-hit-faceThe 24-year-old has more than done his part to keep the Marlins in the hunt for a wild card spot and came into Thursday leading the NL in home runs (37), walks (94), and slugging percentage (.554). Stanton also leads the majors with 105 RBI.

After Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton’s health will be the main concern of most, not his MVP candidacy.

In the fifth inning, Stanton was hit in the left cheek by a pitch from Mike Fiers and was carted off the field.

Umpires determined Stanton swung on the pitch, so he wasn’t even credited with a hit-by-pitch. Reed Johnson came in to replace Stanton and was hit on the hand with the very first pitch he saw, prompting both benches to clear.

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee and manager Mike Redmond were both ejected.

Marlins reliever Anthony DeSclafani was also ejected after hitting Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez with a pitch.

LBS wishes Giancarlo Stanton a full and speedy recovery.

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Hunter Pence throws bat at ball, hits single (Video)

The San Francisco Giants, winners of 14 of their past 20 games, have been on a roll over the last few weeks. So is right fielder Hunter Pence, who’s hitting .360 over that span.

hunter-penceWhen things are going well, being fortunate is often part of the formula. That was the case during the first inning of Thursday’s game between the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.

A pitch low and away by Randall Delgado started the series of events, which continued with Hunter Pence throwing his bat at the ball. The ball goes behind Delgado up the middle, towards second baseman Chris Owings. However, Owings was unable to field the ball because it hit second base and bounced past him, allowing Angel Pagan to score the first run of the game.

Of course the Giants went on to win 6-2, because scoring your first run in that fashion is probably a good omen.