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Joe Mikulik strips in latest ejection meltdown (Video)

Joe-Mikulik-stripsJoe Mikulik is one of the most famous minor league baseball managers in the country. Why? Because he has a knack for throwing some downright epic temper tantrums. Mikulik was at it again on Sunday, this time stripping some of his clothes off and leaving them at home plate after being ejected.

Mikulik, who is currently managing the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, was furious after infielder Luis Mendez was called out at home plate. He proceeded to imitate Mendez’s slide into home two times to make his point while screaming at the umpiring crew. Mikulik then took his shoes and jersey off, dropped them on home plate and made an emphatic safe sign.

Mikulik first became famous in 2006 when he dumped water all over home plate after being run from a game. Several years later, he picked up third base and handed it to a fan after being ejected. The guy obviously knows he’s a YouTube sensation.

H/T Deadspin

Jose Reyes unveils new dyed hairstyle

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Say whatever you want about Jose Reyes’ new hairstyle, but I’d be willing to bet he is the only person in professional sports who has it. When the Toronto Blue Jays shortstop was wearing a hat over the weekend, it may not have looked like he was hiding some sort of exotic hairstyle. When he took it off — BAM.

Reyes has a thick patch of hair on the back of his head that he has dyed blond. Why? We have absolutely no idea, but we have never seen anything quite like it.

This isn’t the first time Reyes has decided to go blond, but it is probably the first time he has featured two different hairstyles on top of his head at the same time. Power move? Eh…

Photo via @GoldAndOrSmith

Joe Maddon thinks Rays fans are cheering too much for Derek Jeter (Audio)

Joe MaddonWhen Derek Jeter made it known 2014 would be his last in Major League Baseball, it was expected the treatment he would receive as he visits ballparks for the final time would be similar to that of Mariano Rivera last year.

Throughout the season, Jeter has received gifts from opposing teams and rousing applause from fans in cities outside of New York.

This weekend, the Yankees were in Tampa for a three-game series against the Rays. Not surprisingly, fans of both teams acknowledged Derek Jeter when the opportunity presented itself.

Farewell tour or not, Joe Maddon took the opportunity after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to remind Rays fans it’s okay to root for the Rays when the Yankees are in town.

The Rays are currently 6.5 games back in the American League wildcard race and eternal optimist Joe Maddon would be appreciative of support to urge his guys during their uphill quest for a spot in the postseason.

Unfortunately for Maddon, the Yankees will be back in town September 15-17. That will be Jeter’s last trip to Tropicana Field so Maddon can probably expect more of the same a month from now.

H/T NJ.com

Mike Scioscia: Josh Hamilton not the same player he was with Rangers

Josh HamiltonMike Scioscia isn’t exactly thrilled with the type of production — or lack thereof — he’s received from Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton is only hitting .216 with a .630 OPS since the All-Star break and went 1-for-5 with 4 strikeouts Friday against the Rangers. That prompted Scioscia to say Saturday that Hamilton isn’t the player he was with Texas when he was a 5-time All-Star, won the 2009 AL MVP and commanded a 5-year, $125 million contract from the Angels.

“Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout,” Scioscia said via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence we know he has. He’s not attacking the ball like he can. He’s working hard to try to find it …but we need him to do what he’s capable of doing, or close to that.”

Despite being exasperated with Hamilton, Scioscia says he is not moving the outfielder from the cleanup spot in the lineup.

Though Hamilton has struggled lately, his regular season numbers could be worse. He’s batting .266/.339/.414 this season and was really scorching before going down with a thumb injury. Sometimes that’s all it takes to take a player out of his rhythm.

If Scioscia maintains confidence in Hamilton, I’m sure the outfielder will come around. He’s always been a streak hitter and will likely get hot again before too long. Maybe Scioscia is trying to motivate Hamilton by talking him down.

Barry Larkin got calls from agents, execs on Pierce Jones

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Pierce Jones was the talk of the Little League World Series after going 4-for-4 with 3 home runs and a triple in his first game at Williamsport Thursday. He played so well and looked so good that MLB personnel took note.

Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, who was serving as an analyst for ESPN for Jones’ Jackie Robinson West Little League game Thursday — a 12-2 win over the team from Washington — said on the air the next day that he was hearing from agents and MLB executives who were asking about Jones.

Jones is still a good 5-6 years away from being draft-eligible, but this gives you an idea of how much he stood out. It also gives you an idea of how aggressive some agents and execs can be when it comes to spotting and signing talent.

How good will Jones be a handful of years from now? Nobody knows. Some kids are stars at 12 years old because they are bigger and stronger than their competition at that age, but once everyone else catches up, they’re no longer great. It doesn’t look like that will be the case for Jones; he looked legit.

Tigers give away Miguel Cabrera bobblehead with him holding National League MVP Award

Miguel CabreraThe Seattle Mariners are in Detroit this weekend for a series against the Tigers with American League wild card implications.

Prior to the first game of series on Friday, the Tigers gave Miguel Two-Time MVP bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans in attendance.

The first baseman, of course, took home the AL version of the award in 2012 after becoming the first player since Carl Yastrzemski to earn the batting triple crown, then became a back-to-back winner in 2013.

The bobblehead is Cabrera with both of his MVP Awards, one in each hand. There’s one small problem, however. The nine-time All-Star is holding the National League version of the award.

You won’t get many arguments for saying Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball today. Unfortunately, that standing won’t get him the MVP in a league he doesn’t play in.

H/T Eye On Baseball

Pedro Martinez: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens deserve to be in Hall of Fame

Pedro Martinez Red SoxPedro Martinez is eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year, and there is no reason to believe he won’t get in on the first ballot. Pedro thinks Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds should join him.

Clemens and Bonds have been eligible for the past two years, but neither has received enough votes to earn a spot in Cooperstown. Their numbers are certainly Hall of Fame-worthy, but their association with performance-enhancing drugs has essentially blacklisted them. Martinez doesn’t think that’s right.

“With all due respect to everybody that votes, I’ll have to say Roger and Barry Bonds are two guys that I think had enough numbers before anything came out to actually earn a spot in the Hall of Fame,” Pedro said Thursday while being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame with Clemens, via Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com. “I’m not quite sure 100 percent how close they will be before all the things came out, but in my heart, if you asked me before any of that, I would’ve said, ‘Yes, 100 percent,’ without looking back.”

Bonds claims he “unknowingly” took banned substances while Clemens has vehemently denied ever using steroids or PEDs. Current Hall of Famers have said they will boycott the Hall of Fame if known PED users get in, but Martinez believes Bonds and Clemens were dominant enough before all the steroid talk surfaced.

“It wasn’t just the individual performances. [It was] how they dominated the time that they came up and stayed in the big leagues until those things happened,” Pedro said. “I believe they have a legit chance, and I think, with time, the voters will take into consideration what they did previously.”

Part of what makes Martinez’s career so incredible is that he dominated hitters during the height of the steroid era. As someone who has never been associated with PEDs, you would think Pedro would be opposed to cheaters getting the Cooperstown nod. Kudos to him for taking the high road.