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Jay Bruce robs Giancarlo Stanton of home run (Video)

Jay-Bruce-robs-home-runMiami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th home run of the season in the 1st inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He should have followed it up by blasting his 30th homer of the year in the 8th, but Jay Bruce had other plans.

Stanton hit a high fly ball to the opposite field that looked like it was going to clear the wall, but Bruce timed his jump perfectly to make the catch. The ball hung up in the air for so long that it would have been understandable if Bruce lost track of it.

See what happens when you don’t launch it 100 feet over the fence, Giancarlo? Better to be safe and hit the ball a mile next time.

Bryce Harper purposely messes up Braves logo behind plate (Video)

Bryce Harper showed some disrespect to the Atlanta Braves by scuffing up the team’s logo behind home plate as he went to bat each plate appearance in Saturday’s 4-1 win in extra innings.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore says Harper did it each time he went to the plate during his 2-for-4 game. Vivlamore says Harper has been booed by the fans each time he has come to the plate, which could be the reason why he scuffed up the logo.

Harper played dumb when asked about it after the game.

“That’s the last thing on my mind when I’m coming to the plate. I have no idea,” Harper said after the game via the Washington Post’s James Wagner.

GIF: Bryce Harper scuffs Braves "A" behind home pla... on Twitpic

Yeah, sorry, not buying it, Bryce. Tell me that toe drag isn’t intentional:

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GIF via @cjzero

Coco Crisp’s latest haircut is definitely worth checking out (Video)

Coco Crisp of the Oakland A’s seems like one of the more fun loving guys in Major League Baseball and when it comes to his appearance, he generally attracts attention.

coco-crisp-haircutA couple of years ago, Crisp caught eyes with this tattoo/piercing. And who could forget the glorious afro he blessed us with after taking his braids out.

Sticking with Coco Crisp’s hair, check out the do he was sporting against the Minnesota Twins.

More power to him, because I definitely couldn’t pull that off. From the front, it looks normal enough. When Crisp turns around, is when you get the full effect.

That’s so Coco Crisp.

Yasiel Puig breaks bat on check swing (Video)

Yasiel Puig either has superhuman strength that leads him to do things nobody else can, or the guy really needs to check his lumber before approaching the plate.

Puig was up in the top of the 7th inning of the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss to the Brewers Friday when he broke his bat on a check swing. A check swing. There wasn’t even a ball around to saw him off. No Mariano Rivera cutter on the hands. No Aroldis Chapman 104 mph fastball busting his bat. He broke his bat just by checking his swing.

Wood cannot handle Puig’s power. Look at the bat bend:

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Ridiculous.

Yoervis Medina made Alexei Ramirez’s knees buckle on this curveball (Video)

Yoervis Medina only faced one batter during Friday night’s Seattle Mariners-Chicago White Sox game, but he made it a memorable one.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan pitcher came in with two outs in the 8th of Seattle’s 4-1 win and struck out Alexei Ramirez with a wild curve. Medina got ahead 0-2 in the count and catcher Mike Zunino set up outside. Medina missed his target badly and threw inside, causing Ramirez to go down to his knees. But the pitch broke late and was caught for a called strike three to absolutely embarrass Ramirez, who could do nothing but smile:

Alexei Ramirez

Medina’s having a nice season for Seattle. He has a 2.29 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, and he might lead the league in the all important knee-buckling curveball category.

Forearm bash to Reddit Baseball

Dan Jennings takes line drive to the head (Video)

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer on Thursday night. Jennings nearly got his glove up to block the ball but instead was drilled directly in the side of the head.

The scene got very scary from there, as the 27-year-old tried to walk it off but was clearly dazed. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and manager Mike Redmond immediately raced to the mound with team trainers. Jennings was removed from the game and later diagnosed with a concussion.

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“He was responding to the questions (trainer Sean Cunningham) was asking him,” Redmond said. “His eyes were open the whole time. He didn’t lose consciousness. He was responding.”

The ball deflected so hard off Jennings’ head that it stayed in the air long enough for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to catch it for the out. Jennings later tweeted that he was doing well.

Given how bad that looked, a concussion was probably the best case scenario. We’ve seen a number of pitchers get nailed in the head with line drives in the past, and most of them have been very lucky. Here’s hoping Jennings has a speedy recovery.

Jose Molina was so slow he nearly got passed by teammate on home run trot (Video)

Who is the slowest player in the major leagues? You don’t even have to think twice. You don’t have to look it up. You just know: it’s Jose Molina.

And Molina showed us all on Wednesday that the title is well-deserved.

Molina was on first in the top of the fourth inning of Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Oakland when Kevin Kiermaier hit a 2-run home run to right. The ball barely cleared the high wall, so Kiermaier was booking it around first just in case the ball stayed in the park. Not Molina, though, who knew it was gone and took his sweet ass time yogging (soft J) around the bases.

You could see the big smile Kiermaier had on his face as he was approaching home plate, and I don’t think that was because of his joy over the homer. He was trying to keep from laughing.

Jose Molina Kevin Kiermaier

Pick it up a little, Jose. You’re killing your teammates’ flow.

Forearm bash to Deadspin