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Yasiel Puig warns Torii Hunter about running on his arm

yasiel-puig-finger-waveAs we have found out, testing the arm of Yasiel Puig is a dangerous proposition.

During Tuesday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers, 38-year-old Torii Hunter decided to give it a shot.

In the second inning, Hunter took a pitch the opposite way that made it to right field wall and decided to try his luck at making it to second with a double. Puig unleashed a customary rocket throw to nail Hunter at second for his seventh outfield assist of the year.

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Or so we thought.

Hunter obviously thought he was safe. As it turns out, he was. The play was reviewed and the original out call was overturned, resulting in Torii Hunter’s 16th double of the season.

Safe or not, Puig made sure to offer a little warning to Hunter in case he was thinking about testing that right arm again in the future. Hunter wanted to hear none of that noise.

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Torii Hunter: If I can endure cramps during sex, LeBron James has ‘no excuse’

Torii-HunterA number of current and former athletes came to the defense of LeBron James after he left Game 1 of the NBA Finals with severe cramping in the fourth quarter. If James was physically able to play, he obviously would have been in the game. However, Torii Hunter believes that if he can grind out a cramp during sex, LeBron should be able to keep playing.

In an interview with Jim Rome that aired Wednesday night, Hunter was asked for his opinion on LeBron leaving a game with cramps. His response was classic.

“I’ve been there before, especially playing football in high school and after the game you’re on the bus and you catch a cramp and you can’t move,” Hunter said, via the New York Post. “But I can tell you this, I made love to my wife the other night and I caught a cramp in my hamstring. I actually put my leg out and kept performing. So there’s no excuse.”

Unlike this NFL offensive lineman, Hunter has enjoyed nearly two decades of success at the professional level. He has remained relatively healthy throughout his career, and apparently cramps don’t stop him. Fortunately for his wife, cramps are no match for Torii on or off the field.

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Umpire Paul Nauert taps Torii Hunter’s face after benches clear (GIF)

Torii-Hunter-tapped-in-face-umpireBenches cleared in Monday night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles after Torii Hunter took exception to being hit by a pitch from Bud Norris. Hunter was plunked immediately after Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run off of Norris, and the 38-year-old veteran did not think it was a coincidence.

Norris was ejected, and Hunter began shouting at him as he headed down the first base line. That eventually led to both teams pouring onto the field, and umpires and coaches did a decent job of stepping in before things got out of hand. However, third base umpire Paul Nauert may have crossed the line when he tapped Hunter in the face to get his attention.

At first, Hunter was too busy telling Norris he’s going to whoop his ass to notice.

You can see a video of the entire incident here. By baseball brawl standards, it was pretty mild. That said, players are automatically suspended if they make any type of contact whatsoever with an umpire. It didn’t look like Nauert meant anything by the gentle tap, but it was unprofessional at the very least.

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Vin Scully tells a story about Torii Hunter’s dad and a crack pipe (Video)


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Vin ScullyOne of the qualities about Vin Scully that separates him from every other broadcaster out there — you know, besides his literary allusions, great cadence and pleasant and smooth call — is his storytelling ability. You could give the same background information about a player to 10 different broadcasters, and Scully would just be able to make it sound so much better than the others. And even when he’s telling a story about crack pipes, he still makes it sound great.

During the Los Angeles Dodgers-Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday, Scully was talking about Torii Hunter and told a story about Hunter’s father being a crack addict. The story went that Hunter’s father wore his son’s jacket and left a crack pipe in the pocket, and the pipe fell out of the pocket in a classroom after Torii wore the jacket to school. But the way Scully tells it … man, he is just so good.

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Torii Hunter drops routine fly ball (GIF)

Torii-Hunter-drops-fly-ballTorii Hunter began his 18th MLB season on Monday. The Detroit Tigers outfielder had made just 42 errors in his entire career coming into the day, which averages out to about 2.5 errors per season. Hunter has played 2,013 games in the field during his career, which means he makes an error every 48 games or so. It took him less than two innings to make one in 2014.

Perhaps the offseason is getting a bit too long for Hunter, who will turn 39 this summer. He dropped a Mike Moustakas fly ball with one out in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals, but the runner was stranded on base. That’s only fitting when you take into consideration that Hunter has won nine Gold Gloves. Don’t expect many more mishaps from him this year.

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Torii Hunter kisses an alligator

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Torii Hunter may have grown up with a fear of alligators, but the Detroit Tigers outfielder is not one to turn down a dare. How do we know that? Because there’s no other reason he would have been photographed smooching a small gator on Tuesday.

“My homey @justinverlander dared me to kiss an alligator,” Hunter wrote on Instagram. “#defeatmyfear #stillfearit  #madeboots.”

With many teams playing their winter and spring ball in Florida, alligators have been popping up everywhere. Hunter is the only player we have seen kiss a gator, though it was pretty small and its mouth was taped shut. I’d still rather do that than get as close to this beast as Giancarlo Stanton did.

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Austin Jackson can dunk a basketball with ease (Video)

Austin-Jackson-dunkDetroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a tremendous athlete. Baseball America named him the best 12-year-old baseball player in the nation in 1999 and the best 15-year-old player a few years later. Coming out of high school, Jackson was also a top-ranked point guard prospect after averaging 22.5 points per game as a junior. That explains why he can dunk so easily.

Torii Hunter posted a video on Instagram of the 6-foot-1 Jackson throwing down a dunk with ease. It was what Hunter wrote along with the video that made it even more great.

“It’s Austin Jackson the Tigers Centerfielder,” Hunter wrote. “I did this when I was younger but there was no video or cell phones then. #straightathlete #madhops#nohomerunsaresafe.”

For the record, Hunter is 6-foot-2. He’s also 38 years old, so the Tigers probably don’t want him dunking basketballs in his spare time. Plenty of NBA players who are the same height as Jackson (Rajon Rondo to name one) can dunk, but the video still highlights how athletic he really is. It looked like the dude jumped off a trampoline.