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Anthony Rendon: ‘I don’t watch baseball, it’s too long and boring’

Anthony-RendonOne of the main complaints baseball critics have is that the games are too long. Instant replay certainly hasn’t helped speed up the game, nor have pitch counts and constant commercial breaks. Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon realizes that, which is why he only plays the stuff — he doesn’t watch it.

Rendon, who many would call the biggest All-Star snub in the National League, didn’t mind getting a four-day break after playing 89 games through the first half of the season. But did he watch the big game?

“I don’t watch baseball — it’s too long and boring,” Rendon said earlier this week.

According to Jason Butt of the Washington Post, Rendon added that he rarely watched baseball growing up. He said he prefers watching networks like the History Channel over a baseball game during his down time.

As Nationals fans could tell you, Rendon’s lack of interest in taking in baseball as a spectator does not make him any less committed to the game. The 24-year-old is batting .287 this season with 13 home runs and 53 RBI. He hasn’t committed an error in the field in a month, which is a phenomenal streak for an infielder.

In reality, Rendon’s comments are indicative of the way many people feel. MLB has explored ways to speed up the game, but most of them — like shortening the game to 7 innings — seem unrealistic.

Luke Scott released from South Korean team for referring to manager as ‘liar’ and ‘coward’

Luke-Scott-Fenway-Park-dumpLuke Scott spent nine seasons in the majors, playing for the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and most recently the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.

Late last year, the 36-year-old signed a one-year deal with the SK Wyverns in South Korea. Due to an incident involving he and the team’s manager, Scott won’t see out the entirety of his contract.

According to the Korea Times, Scott was in the locker room to pick up his equipment when he got into a heated exchange with Lee Man-soo. Scott reportedly yelled and referred to Man-soo as a “liar” and “coward.”

Scott has been battling plantar fasciitis and was placed on a reserve team as a result. The Korea Times notes the former major leaguer has been frustrated over the handling of his injury situation. The disconnect between Scott and the team came from him having his own idea of how to deal with the ailment and the club being persistent with their proposed methods.

Obviously, Scott’s actions did not sit well with the organization.

“It is not a subject to be tolerated,” an official at SK said. “It seems he was disgruntled with being listed on the reserve team.”

Misunderstanding or not, Luke Scott was released on Wednesday, ending a season in which he hit .267 with six home runs in 33 games.

H/T Eye On Baseball

Giancarlo Stanton home run leaves fan’s hand swollen and nasty

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The Home Run Derby is the only event of the MLB season where the outfield bleachers are the best seats in the house. You know a home run ball is coming your way at some point, you just have to be willing to make a play on it. Jordan Jacobson did just that, and his hand paid the price.

On Monday night, Jacobson got his hand on one of the Giancarlo Stanton home runs that didn’t travel over 500 feet and almost leave Target Field. He was left with a swollen mess and no souvenir.

“It was extremely painful at first, then went numb after about 15 minutes,” Jacobson told Page Q Sports. “It probably would have felt better if I would have gotten the ball.”

We know grown men bringing gloves to the ballpark is frowned upon, but it would be slightly more acceptible if it’s the Home Run Derby and you’re in Stanton’s path of destruction. Jacobson knows that for next time.

UPDATE: As it turns out, Jacobson actually has a birth defect and did not try to catch a Stanton homer. He admitted on Twitter Thursday morning that he was lying.

H/T Deadspin

Kirk Minihane: Erin Andrews is a ‘gutless bitch,’ should drop dead (Video)

Erin-AndrewsKirk Minihane is about to become a household name. Minihane is the third man in studio on WEEI Boston’s “Dennis and Callahan Show.” Those who listen to the show know how outspoken he can be, but Minihane crossed the line with his criticism of Erin Andrews on Wednesday morning.

After Adam Wainwright told reporters he grooved a fast ball to Derek Jeter in the first inning of Tuesday night’s All-Star game, the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher backtracked in an interview with Erin Andrews. Minihane disagreed with the way Andrews handled her line of questioning, to say the least.

“I hate her! what a gutless bitch! Go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault?

“I hate her. Don’t you love social media? Yeah … social media is — shut up. Shut up. I’m sure she’s a nice person, but she’s … she’s probably a bitch. I hate her.”

Personally, I didn’t see any issue with the questions Andrews asked. Wainwright’s initial comments about serving one up to Jeter had already become a big story, so she was simply doing her job. And since the All-Star Game is a light-hearted affair to begin with, I don’t see the issue with the “Don’t you just love social media?” comment.

Like his collegues John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Minihane is a blowhard. Disagreeing with a line of questioning is fine, but there’s no need to call Andrews a bitch and tell her to drop dead. There are plenty of other ways to get attention if you’re that desperate.

Video via Sports Grid

Roy Halladay burns Reds fan on Twitter

Roy HalladayIn addition to being one of the most dominant MLB pitchers of his generation, Roy Halladay is also one of the classiest. The former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies ace always quietly went about his business during his career, but sometimes even the humble ones can’t resist burning a troll on Twitter.

Over the weekend, Halladay posted a photo on Twitter of a guy wearing a green suit and horse head playing some buckets. The Doc had some pretty funny commentary to go along with it.

The photo drew a number of responses, one of which came from a follower who has the Cincinnati Reds mascot as his Twitter avatar. Halladay immediately seized the opportunity to fire back:

What do you do when a future Hall of Famer embarrasses you on Twitter? Immediately back down and start kissing some can, of course:

The Doc can still bring the heat.

H/T Crossing Broad

Miguel Cabrera: Justin Verlander and I having trouble recovering from surgery

Miguel-Cabrera-TigersMiguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander both underwent the same surgical procedure within the past year. The two Detroit Tigers stars had sports hernia surgery, with Cabrera going under the knife last October and Verlander having it done in January. According to Cabrera, neither player has fully recovered.

Miggy is having another fantastic season, leading Major League Baseball with 75 RBI and the AL with 34 doubles. However, his 14 home runs are well behind last season’s pace. Verlander struggled throughout the first half of the season, compiling an 8-8 record with a 4.88 ERA.

“There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,” Cabrera said Monday, via a translation from Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today Sports. “It’s part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don’t see it as frequently.”

Despite the nagging injury, Cabrera said he and Verlander do not want to use their ongoing recovery as a crutch.

“But as he and I talked about, we’re never going to offer any excuses for our performance,” Miggy added. “We always want to be out on the field and compete, and I think that’s the most important thing we can do, compete and try to get past this tough time. And the main thing is we’re in first place.”

Sports hernia injuries can affect the waist and lower body area, so that explanation certainly makes sense. It would help explain why Cabrera isn’t blasting as many home runs and why Verlander’s velocity has been down.

As Cabrera mentioned, the Tigers have a 6.5-game lead in the AL Central despite Verlander’s slow start and Miggy’s somewhat human-like numbers. If both can get healthy in the second half, Detroit will be even more dangerous.

MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger nailed Derek Jeter-Mike Trout prediction

Derek Jeter scored the first run for the American League on Tuesday night in his final MLB All-Star Game. After doubling off Adam Wainwright in the first, Jeter scored on a Mike Trout triple. One MLB Network analyst predicted that exact series of events before the game, and we have the video to prove it.

Trout spoke about how special the 2014 All-Star Game was going to be for Derek Jeter just hours before it started. Here’s what Greg Amsinger said would happen.

“It’s gonna be awesome man,” Amsinger said. “When you drive in Derek Jeter tonight in his final All-Star Game, it’s gonna be so cool. He’s gonna be at second base, you’ll hit a rope down the line, you’ll end up at third. He’s gonna tip his cap to you — it’s gonna be great.”

So the triple went over Yasiel Puig’s head instead of down the line — big freakin’ deal. Amsinger absolutely nailed that. Even if he said Jeter would hit a single and Trout would drive him in with a triple, we would still give credit. He called the entire thing perfectly.

Whether Wainwright grooved a pitch to Jeter or not, baseball is almost impossible to predict like that. Props to Amsinger even if he was guessing.

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H/T MLB.com’s Cut 4