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Video: Javy Baez pulls a Vlad Guerrero with cricket hit

Javy Baez swings at a pitch low

Javy Baez pulled a Vlad Guerrero on Monday.

Baez’s Detroit Tigers split a doubleheader with Cleveland. Cleveland took the first game 4-1. In the 9th, Baez was facing Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase and had a 0-2 count. Probably on edge while having two strikes on him, Baez decided to swing at a slider that bounced in the dirt in front of home plate.

Baez actually sent the pitch to center field, where Myles Straw caught it for the out.

That ball went much further than one would have expected.

Baez is batting .227 this season, so it’s not too surprising he chased a pitch that bounced. Guerrero was quite different though.

Vlad was known as a bad-ball hitter. He was a career .318 hitter though and made the Hall of Fame. Baez needs a lot of work on his bad-ball hitting to achieve Vlad status.

Video: Javy Baez sticks it to heckler after hitting grand slam

Javy Baez makes a hand signal

As Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez readied himself in the on-deck circle prior to a third inning at-bat on Friday, a fan seated nearby began giving him the business.

“Nothing bad,” Baez told The Detroit News of what the fan was saying. “Just talking good trash.”

As good as the trash talk may have been, it wasn’t nearly as good as Baez’s response.

With the bases loaded and a 1-2 count, Baez connected on a hanging curveball and sent it 459 feet over the left-center wall. And the very moment the ball left his bat at 111 MPH, Baez made sure that trash-talking fan knew all about it.

“He was just talking good trash,” Baez said. “I turned back and they were just laughing. It was competition stuff. As soon as I hit that ball, the first thing that came to my mind was all this other stuff that he was saying. It was very fun.”

Given some of the negative interactions we’ve seen between sports fans and athletes in recent years, this is a breath of fresh air. Baez and the fans were just having a little bit of fun — Baez more so than the fans in the end.

Javy Baez, AJ Hinch ejected after strike 3 call by umpire Nick Mahrley

Javy Baez and AJ Hinch interfered

Javy Baez and AJ Hinch were both ejected from their Detroit Tigers’ 2-0 loss to the Oakland A’s on Monday night.

Baez was batting with a runner on first and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Dany Jimenez threw a 2-2 breaking ball that was up and hit the outside corner. Umpire Nick Mahrley called the pitch a strike, and Baez disagreed and let the umpire know.

Tigers manager Hinch came out and tried to step in between them but they both got ejected.

The crazy thing is that wasn’t even a bad call by Mahrley! The pitch was right on the border of being a strike.

Here is a look at the pitch breakdown:

Hinch spoke about the ejection after the game. He was upset that Mahrley threw out Baez.

“When I got out there I took over the argument. … Nick (Mahrley) was looking right at me and then threw (Báez) out. So that bothered me just as much as the missed calls. When I’m out there, he can deal with me. He didn’t have to go after Javy,” Hinch said, via The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen.

Hinch defended Baez and said the infielder didn’t use any objectionable language.

“Javy said nothing that he wouldn’t say in front of your mother. He was just saying he thought it was a ball, he thought he had a tough night. I didn’t think he needed to be thrown out at that point with me standing in between them.”

Maybe this whole incident could have been avoided had Baez just swung the bat on a close pitch.

Video: Kyle Tucker robs Javy Baez of home run

Kyle Tucker robs Javy Baez of a homer

The Houston Astros shut out the Detroit Tigers at home on Sunday, and that would not have been possible without an incredible catch from Kyle Tucker.

Tucker helped Houston preserve the shutout when he robbed Javy Baez of a home run in the top of the ninth. He timed his jump perfectly and made an outstanding play.

The Astros gave up just one hit as a team. Starter Jake Odorizzi pitched five innings of one-hit ball before Cristian Javier and Hector Neris combined for four hitless frames. If not for the outstanding grab from Tucker, Neris’ line would have looked a lot worse.

Video: Javier Baez makes a sparkling defensive play

Javier Baez dives for the ball

Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez made one of the more acrobatic defensive plays you will ever see during Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Detroit.

With one runner on and one out in the top of the third inning, Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds hit a ground ball up the middle. Baez, who was positioned to the right of second base, dove to his right to stop Reynolds’ grounder. Using his glove, he then flipped the ball between his legs to Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who was covering the second base bag, to get the force out on the runner.

Baez made another head-turning play the following inning, also with one out.

The 29-year-old again ranged to his right, this time snagging a hard-hit ground ball off the bat of Pirates DH Daniel Vogelbach. Baez, who ended up in shallow center field, then made a strong throw to first baseman Spencer Torkelson for the out.

Baez finished the game with one walk in three at-bats, but certainly made up for his lack of offensive production with both plays in the field.

It’s been a decent first month in Detroit for Baez, who injured his thumb on Opening Day. In 14 games, he is batting .250 with 14 hits, including two home runs and 11 RBI.

The Pirates won the second game by a score of 7-2.

Javier Baez suffered thumb injury in Opening Day celebration

Javier Baez smiling

Mar 31, 2022; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (28) in the second inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez sat out his third consecutive game Friday due to a swollen right thumb. Minor injuries like this are common throughout baseball season, but the way this one happened isn’t.

Baez admitted that he originally hurt his thumb in the celebration following Detroit’s Opening Day win over the Chicago White Sox. He later exacerbated the injury during a game.

Baez was behind a rather bizarre play that capped off the Tigers’ Opening Day comeback. The on-field celebration was pretty wild, with Baez right in the middle of it, and perhaps things went overboard a bit too much.

Celebration injuries are surprisingly common across all sports. Baez won’t be the last to deal with one. Fortunately, it isn’t serious.

Javier Baez signs 6-year deal with Tigers

Javier Baez makes throw

The Detroit Tigers have made a major upgrade to their lineup.

Javier Baez has agreed to a 6-year, $140 million deal with the Tigers, according to multiple reports. The shortstop has the ability to opt out after two years and also got a limited no-trade clause.

Baez was considered one of the best players on the free agent market. He’s coming off a 31-homer season and batted .299 in 47 games with the New York Mets after coming over from the Chicago Cubs last season. The Mets were said to be interested in re-signing him. Detroit also may have kept Baez away from one other top American League team.

The Baez deal takes one suitor off the table for Carlos Correa, who is said to be seeking upwards of $300 million. The former Houston Astros star may have a difficult time getting that much, though he could argue that the market was set when Corey Seager signed his monster deal with the Texas Rangers.

Photo: Aug 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) throws out Miami Marlins left fielder Jorge Alfaro (not pictured) in the 2nd inning at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Javier Baez drawing significant interest from 3 teams

Javier Baez thumbs down

With only a handful of days remaining before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, MLB free agency is heating up. It certainly sounds like one big name could be poised to sign soon.

Shortstop Javier Baez, one of the better players at the position on the market, is being heavily linked to multiple teams on Friday. Multiple reports suggested that Baez was in talks with the Detroit Tigers, but nothing has been finalized.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman added that the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets are also suitors for Baez. The Mets could even have the chance to beat any offer Baez receives, adds Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Baez is known for his flashy play, and he is coming off a 31-homer season with the Cubs and Mets. If the Mets do bring him back, there could be some awkwardness given his relationship with the team’s fans. The Tigers’ interest in Baez is also bad news for another key free agent shortstop.

Video: Chris Sale had Javy Baez so fooled on this slider

Chris Sale Javy Baez

Chris Sale is known for his wicked slider. Javy Baez can attest to how dangerous it is.

Sale pitched five innings and picked up the win in his Boston Red Sox’s 12-5 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Baez actually walked and singled in his first two at-bats against Sale. But his third at-bat was a different story.

Sale had the Mets infielder 2-2 and then threw a slider that fooled Baez so badly that the second baseman swung at it despite it hitting him.

Did you see how much that pitch broke? Goodness gracious.

That was one of the four swing-and-misses Sale recorded with his slider in the outing.

Overall, Sale allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out eight and is now 5-0 since returning this season.

His slider remains elite.

Javier Baez’s lost earring is worth a ridiculous amount of money

Javier Baez thumbs down

The New York Mets caused a somewhat amusing scene earlier this week when they frantically searched for Javier Baez’s lost earring following a walkoff win. A new piece of information adds a bit of important context that explains why that search was so exhaustive.

The Mets could be seen searching the field after Tuesday’s win looking for Baez’s lost jewelry. Even team president Sandy Alderson was involved in the search, which does not appear to have been successful.

So why the urgency? According to Mets broadcaster Wayne Randazzo, Baez’s lost earring was worth roughly $200,000.

Baez should probably not be running around with something that valuable on, but the guy’s gonna do what he’s gonna do. Given his recent behavior, don’t expect Mets fans to have a lot of sympathy for him.