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Umpires use replay and still botch Yunel Escobar count (Video)

Yunel-Escobar-at-batThe umpiring crew that was working the Minnesota Twins-Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night completely botched one of Yunel Escobar’s at-bats, and instant replay somehow didn’t help. Escobar struck out in the bottom of the fifth, but the question of whether he fouled off a pitch appeared to mess everything up.

Why didn’t reviewing the sequence of pitches help? We have no idea. If you skip ahead to the 1:22 mark of the video above, you’ll see the pitch sequence to Escobar. The count was clearly 2-1 when he started to swing at a pitch that was up in the zone but stopped. It was unclear if he fouled it off or if it simply deflected off the catcher’s glove, but home plate umpire Paul Schreiber appeared to rule it a ball. That would have made the count 3-1.

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Yunel Escobar goes behind-the-back on double play (Video)

Yunel Escobar started a double play in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox game with a sweet behind-the-back play.

Yunel EscobarThe Rays shortstop ranged to his left to field a Dustin Pedroia ground ball up the middle. Escobar’s momentum was taking him away from second, which would have made a throw difficult. So Escobar did the most logical thing: he wrapped his glove behind his back and flipped the ball to second baseman Ben Zobrist, who threw on to first for the double play after catching the ball with his bare hand.

That was just pretty. Escobar was so smooth on the play, fielding and flipping in one motion, and Zobrist complemented him with the barehanded catch and throw. The Rays won the game 5-1.

MLB investigating Yunel Escobar for homophobic ‘you are a faggot’ eye black

MLB is investigating Yunel Escobar after it was revealed that the Blue Jays shortstop wore eye black with a homophobic message written on them during Saturday’s game.

Escobar, who was born in Cuba, had the words “Tu ere maricon” written on his eye black for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

“Tu ere maricon” is Spanish for “you are a faggot.” Maricon is a commonly used Spanish slur for a gay person, and it’s used very casually similar to the way “that’s gay” is used to by many in the U.S. to describe something stupid.

Even though “maricon” is used frequently, that doesn’t make it acceptable. The Blue Jays acknowledged that in a statement released on Monday.

“The Toronto Blue Jays do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game. The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter.”

The commissioner’s office is also looking into the matter.

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended two weeks after making homophobic statements and gestures at fans last year, so it’s quite possible Escobar could be lost for the rest of the season.

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