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#pounditMonday, September 21, 2020


Marlins have hilarious reaction to getting trounced by Nationals

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Sunday’s game did not exactly go so well for the Miami Marlins.

The team was absolutely embarrassed by the Washington Nationals, losing by the final of 15-0. Even worse was the fact that it only took seven innings for the Nationals to hang that score on the Marlins. It was the second half of a doubleheader, and Major League Baseball is limiting doubleheader games to seven innings each this season.

The Marlins had a funny reaction to the whooping on Twitter. They tweeted a sad video montage of their mascot, Billy the Marlin, staring off into space set to the classic Enya hit “Only Time.” Take a look:

On the bright side for Miami, they did pick up a victory in the first half of the doubleheader against Washington, so the day was not a total loss. They are also 28-25 on the year, inching their way towards one of the season’s more improbable playoff berths.

Few could have expected this given the events of the last couple of months. Miami’s social media team remains consistently elite though, win or lose.

Report: Sandy Alderson likely to return to Mets under new ownership

Steve Cohen figures to make changes to the New York Mets’ organization, but one of those changes may involve a familiar figure.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, Cohen plans to bring former general manager Sandy Alderson back to the organization in an unknown role.

Alderson’s return as GM seems unlikely. He held the position until 2018, when he left the role due to a recurrence of cancer. However, some sort of executive role is a possible fit.

The desire to bring back Alderson is understandable. The 72-year-old built the 2015 NL championship team, and generally won praise for his management of the organization.

It’s not clear what this could mean to current GM Brodie Van Wagenen. The current GM was recently caught up in an embarrassing controversy, and Cohen might want to bring in his own person for that position too.

Did George Springer celebrate home run extra hard because of his free agency?

George Springer

The way George Springer celebrated his second home run on Sunday led some to wonder whether he had free agency in mind.

Springer went 3-for-4 with two home runs in Houston’s 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He hit one inside-the-park homer and the other a conventional blast.

Springer seemed to celebrate the second home run pretty hard. The homer marked the 2,000th at Minute Maid Park.

He also had a big fist pump rounding first:

The homer tied the game, which also could have played a role in Springer’s elation. But some wondered whether there was more to it than that.

Springer will be a free agent after the year, and this was Houston’s final home game of the season at Minute Maid Park. Clubbing a home run in his final home at-bat as a member of the Astros would be a nice memory.

Of course, there is no certainty that Springer won’t be back with Houston. He’s an extremely talented player and has been an integral part of Houston’s success the last five seasons. He was even World Series in 2017 when they won the championship. If the way their arbitration went is any indication, Springer could be on his way out.

Red Sox fan in police custody after sneaking into Fenway Park

Red Sox fan Fenway Park

A Boston Red Sox fan is in police custody after sneaking into Fenway Park on Sunday.

A fan snuck into Fenway during the top of the eighth inning and interrupted the Red Sox’s game against the New York Yankees. He climbed into an area next to a few people running TV cameras. The fan then flung a hat towards the field.

The Red Sox won the game 10-2. The team issued a statement after the game about the fan, saying he was apprehended and in police custody.

“During today’s game, a fan scaled the back of the Green Monster wall to access the ballpark and caused a stoppage to the game. Red Sox security and BPD quickly apprehended the fan who is now in police custody,” the statement said.

Fans have not been allowed to attend MLB games this season due to restrictions related to the coronavirus. This fan somehow managed to sneak in. It’s not the first time we’ve seen odd fan behavior at Fenway Park.

Ron Gardenhire says health issues the reason for retirement

Ron Gardenhire

Ron Gardenhire announced on Saturday his retirement from his role as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The 62-year-old was dealing with health issues that led to the decision.

Gardenhire hasn’t felt well since dealing with a stomach virus a few weeks ago. He also has experienced tremor in his hands.

Additionally, stress and stomach issues were problematic for Gardenhire.

Gardenhire apparently told Tigers general manager Al Avila Saturday that he was planning to retire at the end of the season. He ended up deciding to step down now.

“I’ve got grandbabies and kids and my wife. I’m going to step back and take care of myself,” Gardenhire said.

Lloyd McClendon will take over as the interim manager of the Tigers. McClendon, 61, has previously managed the Pirates and Mariners.

Gardenhire was a longtime manager for the Twins before being hired by Detroit in 2018. He had a .354 winning percentage with a rebuilding Detroit team. Gardenhire is a prostate cancer survivor.

Legendary baseball scout Gary Hughes receives tributes online after his death

Gary Hughes

Legendary baseball scout Gary Hughes died on Saturday at the age of 79, and the tributes began pouring out over Twitter, showing just how beloved he was.

Hughes spent 54 years in professional baseball and worked for 11 different MLB teams. He attended Serra High School in California and was teammates with Jim Fregosi, who later became a six-time All-Star. He signed John Elway and John Lynch, who both chose to play football. He signed All-Stars Delino DeShields, Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd and Rondell White with the Expos.

Hughes was voted by Baseball America as one of the 10 best scouts of the 20th century.

In recent times, he worked as a special assistant for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hughes died after a battle with liver cancer. He received the cancer diagnosis in June.

Here are some of the great tributes Hughes received.


Video: Todd Frazier gets a strikeout in first career pitching appearance

Todd Frazier

The bad news is the New York Mets lost 15-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. The good news is they may have found a new closer.

Todd Frazier made his first career pitching appearance during the Mets’ blowout loss, and he actually did well.

The 32-year-old, who typically plays third base, pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth inning. He even froze Adam Duvall looking with a knuckleball for a strikeout.

Frazier’s pitches ranged from 50-67 mph. He was actually the only Mets pitcher to record a clean inning in the game.

Frazier has played every infield position and both corner outfield spots during his career, and now can add pitcher to the list. He just needs to catch and play center field to make it complete.

Yoenis Cespedes’ reported reasons for opt-out revealed

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes abruptly opted out of the 2020 MLB season on Aug. 2, surprising the Mets and causing some drama. Now we’re getting a better idea as to why.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, Cespedes has told friends in recent weeks that he disliked serving as a designated hitter. He wanted to be more engaged with the game, and was not having fun in that role.

In addition, Cespedes was angry and paranoid that the Mets were trying to limit his playing time so he would not hit certain targets to qualify for contract incentives. These factors combined led to Cespedes abruptly going AWOL, then informing the team through his agent that he was opting out.

It was no secret even at the time that Cespedes was unhappy with his playing time. Combine that with frustration over his role and it sounds like, justifiably or not, he had simply had enough.

Andrew McCutchen addresses his embarrassing baserunning blunder

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen on Thursday addressed his baserunning blunder committed during his Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday.

McCutchen was on first base after grounding into a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second inning to make it 3-0. Bryce Harper was batting with an 0-2 count and struck out on a pitch in the dirt for the second out.

McCutchen must have thought the inning was over, because he didn’t return to first and instead got picked off.

When called out by a fan for the blunder, McCutchen responded on Twitter. He owned his mistake and said he forgot how many outs there were.

Making a mental mistake like that is inexcusable, but at least he owned it. That’s probably not a surprise considering the Phillies outfielder has become known for his honesty. Remember what he said last year about signing with the Phillies?

Joe Torre has hilarious post about wearing a mask

Joe Torre

The subject of wearing a mask has become a heated one this year, but Joe Torre disarmed plenty with a funny tweet on the topic.

The former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers manager shared a photo on Twitter Wednesday of himself with a mask covering his face. Torre joked that if he can fit his mask over his large nose, nobody has an excuse for not wearing one.

People can continue to argue about the efficacy and rules surrounding masks, but most can agree that self-effacing humor is a big winner.

Now 80, Torre won an MVP award as a player and four World Series as the manager of the New York Yankees. He has worked for the commissioner’s office since 2011.

And if you’re looking for more on the masks subject, you can turn to Kerri Walsh.