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Rays OF respects Sabathia for protecting teammate with retaliatory HBP

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia earned respect not only within the New York Yankees’ clubhouse for his retaliatory pitch thrown on Thursday, but also from the opposing team.

Sabathia hit Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre with the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning and was ejected. The Yankees pitcher decided to hit Sucre as retaliation for the Rays throwing at Austin Romine in the top half of the inning.

Sabathia’s ejection for hitting Sucre prevented him from reaching a $500,000 bonus for pitching 150 innings on the season — a mark he was two innings shy of achieving. The southpaw pitcher said he did it because he felt it was the right thing to do, even if it cost him a bonus.

Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez says he now has more respect for Sabathia for standing up for his teammates and protecting his players.

If the Yankees really want to make a statement, they’ll pay Sabathia his bonus anyway.

Carlos Gomez rips umpire with tweets, videos after ejection

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez was forced to leave Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays early after he was ejected for complaining about a called third strike in the sixth inning, and to say he was furious would be an understatement.

Gomez, who entered as a pinch-hitter, took to Twitter to make his case against Fletcher while he was in the clubhouse and the game was still going on. He started with a video showing the pitch he was called out on:

Gomez claimed Fletcher called about 30 pitches the wrong way, and he shared more evidence with clips from other at-bats:

Fletcher later capped off his rant with a live video ripping Fletcher for doing a “brutal” job.

“I get it, we’re human. We all make mistakes,” Gomez said during the live feed. “But, how are you gonna miss more than 30 pitches in a game?”

Gomez also mentioned in the video that he believes Major League Baseball should consider the use of electronic strike zones, and he tweeted that at the league and the MLB Players Association.

Gomez will undoubtedly be facing a fine for his Twitter tirade, but those of us who have followed his career aren’t all that surprised. The veteran outfielder has showcased his temper in enthusiastic fashion already this season, and being thrown out of Thursday night’s game obviously set him off.

Watch: Carlos Gomez flops like Neymar after HBP

Carlos Gomez brought the theatrics to Saturday’s game against the White Sox.

In the sixth inning, the Tampa Bay Rays veteran was struck in the ribs by a 96-mph offering from Sox lefty Carlos Rodon. To accentuate it, Gomez offered a delayed Neymar-esque flop and roll-around. Check out the funny video:

Gomez actually led the American League in hit-by-pitches last season with 19. What is even more remarkable is that the plunking you saw above now ties him for the MLB lead again this season with 17.

The 32-year-old is probably at the point where he gets drilled so often that he’s starting to find humor in it. Hopefully though, the mass HBPs aren’t causing the explosive temper tantrums we’ve seen from Gomez recently.

Carlos Gomez explains reason for his temper tantrum

Carlos Gomez threw a fit in the dugout on Wednesday after he struck out early in a 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins, but there was more to the temper tantrum than being upset with himself for failing to put a ball in play.

When the count was 0-1, Gomez squared like he was going to bunt and then had to jump out of the way of a Jose Urena pitch. He believed the pitch had hit his hand, which is why he was ended up demolishing a water cooler in the dugout after he struck out. Gomez spoke after the game about why he got so frustrated.

“I get hit like 96 on my hand and I should be on first,” Gomez said. “After you get hit by a pitch and then you strike out, it’s frustrating at that moment. … We’re human. We can get mad. It doesn’t mean we’re not professional.”

It’s hard to tell if the pitch made contact with Gomez’s hand, but you can see the full video of his at-bat here.

Gomez has been known for losing his temper after strikeouts in the past, but it sound like the circumstances were a bit different with his latest outburst.

Watch: Carlos Gomez takes out frustrations on water cooler after striking out

Carlos Gomez robs HR

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez let a water cooler have it in the dugout on Wednesday after striking out.

Gomez struck out in the top of the second inning with two men on and none out against the Miami Marlins. That was apparently very frustrating for him. So frustrating, in fact, that the cooler didn’t stand a chance when he got back to the dugout.

It was made worse by the fact that the batter after Gomez, Willy Adames, hit into an inning-ending double play, and the Rays failed to score at all.

Gomez is hitting under .200 this season. It’s been a frustrating one, and destruction of dugout property is a pretty common way for hitters to take out that frustration.

Carlos Gomez says MLB drug testing isn’t random, targets specific players

Carlos Gomez thinks that something is fishy with Major League Baseball’s supposedly random drug testing policy.

In an appearance Tuesday on the Yahoo! Sports MLB Podcast, the Tampa Bay Rays veteran stated bluntly that the league’s drug tests were not random at all.

“It’s not random. It’s not random. I can put my hand on fire, it’s not random,” Gomez told host Jeff Passan. “They pick guys. I think it’s something the way you play, the way you act … I’m the oldest guy on the team. I get here earlier than everybody. Why? Because I have to work harder to maintain my body to support the rest of the season.

“When I do that and they come to you and have a drug test every time, you get furious. You get mad,” he continued. “One month into the season I got like seven drug tests. Something like that. Between five or seven. That’s not right. We have a guy on the team who for sure hasn’t had one drug test.”

The former All-Star Gomez, 32, is batting just .200 with five home runs and 11 RBIs for Tampa Bay this season, his 12th in the league. He is currently on the 10-day disabled list with an injured groin muscle.

Interestingly, Gomez’s comments come just a few months after another Rays player hinted at being disproportionately targeted for random tests as well.

Watch: Carlos Gomez robs Tyler Wade of first career home run

Carlos Gomez robs HR

Tyler Wade just about had his first career home run, but Carlos Gomez stood in the way.

Gomez robbed Wade of a homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game. He timed his jump perfectly to snag a ball that appeared to be heading over the wall.

Not only was it a great play by Gomez, but it was clutch too. It came with the score tied at four and prevented the Yankees from taking a lead in the game.

Best remaining MLB free agent at every position

Eric Hosmer

In the slowest offseason in recent memory, numerous top Major League Baseball free agents remain unsigned. You could put a pretty solid team together solely consisting of players who remain unsigned in February, with spring training a matter of weeks away.

Teams in need of help can still look at pretty much any position and find someone at least passable. Here’s a glance at the best player remaining on the market at each position.

Catcher – Jonathan Lucroy

Once a potent offensive catcher regarded as one of the best in the game at framing pitches, Lucroy has seen his star fade a bit. He’s still a threat, though, and he proved that by hitting .310 in his short stint with the Colorado Rockies last season. Lucroy is still a career .281 hitter and a reliable defensive backstop, and he probably could come cheap, making it something of a surprise that he hasn’t signed yet. He’s not the top starter that he once was, but he’s a solid option all the same.

First Base – Eric Hosmer


Rangers reportedly close to deal with Carlos Gomez


Despite his awful season, Carlos Gomez continues to attract a number of suitors, and he’s reportedly nearing a destination.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers are close to signing Gomez, who was recently released by the Astros.

With Shin-Soo Choo recently fracturing his forearm and possibly out for the rest of the season, Texas has a void in the outfield. Gomez will come for free, and it’s not a terribly high-risk proposition. Two short seasons ago, Gomez was an MVP candidate, and if any of that talent is left and the Rangers can harness it, he could be very useful down the stretch.

At least two other teams reportedly considered Gomez, but Texas seems like the best fit for him at this point.

Marlins, Giants reportedly in the mix for Carlos Gomez


After failing to find a trade taker for Carlos Gomez, the Houston Astros have released the struggling outfielder outright, and a couple of National League teams could be interested in scooping him up on the cheap.

The Astros designated Gomez for assignment earlier this month and finally requested unconditional release waivers on him on Friday, per Brian McTaggart of

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants are amongst the potential landing spots for the the 30-year-old Gomez.

The Marlins are looking for outfield help anywhere they can get it after slugger Giancarlo Stanton was lost for the season. Meanwhile, the Giants could be looking for a jolt since a rough patch post-All-Star break has seen them lose their NL West division lead to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The St. Louis Cardinals were another team previously reported to be in the mix for Gomez, so it looks like the two-time All-Star is going to get a chance somewhere to turn his nightmare season around.

H/T Rotoworld