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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Baseball

Athletics troll Warriors with ad touting Khris Davis extension

The Oakland Athletics took the opportunity to troll their neighbors after locking down a key player.

The Athletics locked down outfielder Khris Davis on a two-year contract extension this week. It’s big news for an organization that has, at times, struggled to retain their key players.

It also gave them the opportunity to troll the Golden State Warriors, which they did in a full-page ad in Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle.

The joke, of course, is that Warriors star Kevin Durant’s future is very much not settled. It’s not often that the Athletics can claim a move like this, especially with the joke being at Golden State’s expense. They might as well take the opportunity to engage in some friendly prodding.

Report: Tim Anderson called Royals pitcher Brad Keller ‘f—ing n-word’

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson was suspended one game by MLB on Friday for using bad language during a bench-clearing incident between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Now there is some information about what he said.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan, reported on Friday that the White Sox shortstop called Royals pitcher Brad Keller a “weak a– f—ing n-word.”

The phrase reportedly was said within earshot of umpires, leading to Anderson’s ejection.

Anderson was hit by a pitch as retribution for celebrating a home run in the game with an emphatic bat toss. Managers Rick Renteria and Ned Yost even got into it during the scuffle.

On Friday, MLB announced a one-game suspension for Anderson and five-game suspension for Keller, which will cause the pitcher to miss a start. They each received undisclosed fines. Renteria, the White Sox’s manager, was also suspended a game.

The suspension for Anderson came as a surprise to some considering MLB’s changed stance on home run celebrations. The revelation of his use of charged language helps explain the discipline.

Report: Tim Anderson called Royals pitcher ‘f—ing n-word’

Tim Anderson

What did Tim Anderson say to get himself suspended a game for a game for language used during the Chicago White Sox-Kansas City Royals incident on Wednesday?

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the White Sox shortstop called Royals pitcher Brad Keller a “weak a– f—ing n-word.”

Anderson reportedly said that phrase within earshot of umpires, which led to his ejection.

Anderson was hit by a pitch as retribution for celebrating a home run earlier in the game with an emphatic bat toss. MLB seems to be supporting celebrations on home runs these days, so seeing a player get suspended when he was the one who was hit by the pitcher seemed odd. But now the reason why makes more sense.

Report: Vladimir Guerrero Jr to make MLB debut on Tuesday

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

It is only matter of time before Vladimir Guerrero Jr makes his major league debut, and the Toronto Blue Jays have apparently decided on a date for when that will happen.

Dominican journalist Hector Gomez reports that the Blue Jays are planning to call Guerrero up in the coming days and have him make his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Guerrero has once again been smashing the ball in the minors this season. He’s hitting .344 with two home runs, seven RBI and an OPS of 1.026 in nine games. He hit .381 with 20 home runs, 78 RBI and a 1.073 OPS in 95 games last year, so his call-up has been a long time coming.

Guerrero, of course, is the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero. When you compare the 20-year-old’s minor league numbers to the numbers his father had before making his MLB debut, the similarities are astonishing. Vlad Jr. should give fans in Toronto plenty to cheer about.

Report: Tim Anderson to be suspended one game for role in brawl

Tim Anderson

Some would say Tim Anderson was the victim in Wednesday’s scuffle between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox, but MLB clearly sees things differently.

According to Stadium, Anderson will be suspended for his role in the dust-up, which started after he was hit by a pitch in apparent response to a bat toss after hitting a home run.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Anderson will be suspended for one game for language used during the altercation.

There was some surprise that Anderson was ejected from the game, so news of a suspension is going to draw significant outcry, especially after he rather eagerly defended his actions to critics on Twitter. Ultimately, MLB apparently feels it should punish everyone involved with the on-field confrontation, and that includes the hitter.

Report: Gio Gonzalez fires Scott Boras, likely to opt out of Yankees contract

Gio Gonzalez Max Scherzer

Gio Gonzalez is making some changes, and it appears he’ll soon be on the market once again.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Gonzalez has fired agent Scott Boras. ESPN’s Jeff Passan adds that Gonzalez is considered likely to exercise his opt-out clause in his deal with the New York Yankees and become a free agent.

Despite the injuries the Yankees have suffered, Gonzalez still hasn’t cracked the rotation, so it makes sense for him to take the opportunity to move somewhere else. Now that the season has started and teams are realizing they need to fortify their rotations, he may draw wider interest than he did in the offseason. The firing of Boras is also interesting, as it hints at Gonzalez’s dissatisfaction with how his free agency was handled.

Shohei Ohtani to take batting practice with Angels for first time

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is getting closer and closer to a return for the Los Angeles Angels.

Ohtani has been cleared to participate in batting practice and will join his team on the field Friday, marking his first time doing so all season.

Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of October and is out for the season as a pitcher. However, he will still be able to serve as a DH for the Angels this season while he continues to work towards a 2020 return as a pitcher.

Ohtani batted .285 with 21 doubles, 22 homers and a .925 OPS as a rookie last season. He would likely take at-bats away from Albert Pujols at DH once he gets cleared, which could happen next month.