Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo was not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers after a bizarre mishap during batting practice.
Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake tweeted that Gallo was scratched after colliding with teammate Delino DeShields Jr in the outfield during batting practice. After originally saying that Gallo had a “little” blurred vision, Blake later added that Gallo suffered a contusion to his left eye and would be undergoing further examination.
Gallo scratched after colliding with DeShields in outfield during BP. Has a little blurred vision.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) July 6, 2018
Gallo has contusion to left eye and will be further examined.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) July 6, 2018
The 24-year-old Gallo is one of the Rangers’ prized young talents and has already hit 21 home runs this season after clubbing 41 of them in 2017.
Gallo was also involved in another collision with a teammate last season that landed him in the concussion protocol. He was out of the lineup for a total of seven games as a result.
Joey Gallo has made it known he does NOT want to play third base for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers have been contemplating backup plans with Adrian Beltre on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Texas has reportedly discussed Gallo as an option. To say he’s not enthused about the possibility of playing third base is an understatement.
“I don’t want. I don’t like it,” Gallo told MLB.com. “I hate it, no joke. I hate third base.”
“I’d rather catch,” he continued. “No joke.”
Since arriving in the majors in 2015, Gallo has started 80 games at third base. He also spent the majority of his time in the minors at third, so he’s no stranger to playing the hot corner. However, it certainly sounds that Gallo’s preference is not to return unless it’s absolutely necessary.
This season, Gallo has split time between left field and first base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Renato Nunez have also spent time a third base this season. Kiner-Falefa has started the Rangers’ last few games at third base.
Bartolo Colon’s ageless charm recently proved to be too much for one of his new teammates on the Texas Rangers.
In an appearance on “The Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan, Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo told a funny story about how he accidentally called Colon by his famous “Big Sexy” nickname … in the middle of a play. The 24-year-old was manning first with a runner on during a recent Colon start against the Oakland Athletics when a groundball was hit his way.
“I missed [first base], actually,” said Gallo, according to SportsDay. “I was trying to find it, the runner beat the throw, but I was actually – in the heat of the moment – I threw it [to second base] and I turned around and Bartolo is already kind of running over and he’s close to the base, and I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it.’ And I was actually calling him Big Sexy on accident. I don’t know why, it just came out. That’s just what I call him.
“So, I was saying, ‘I got it Big Sexy. I got it Big Sexy. Don’t worry.’ He peeled off and let me get it, but the guy was safe anyway,” Gallo continued. “But I was thinking in my head, I was like, ‘Damn, I was calling him Big Sexy. I don’t know if I should do that in the middle of a play.'”
The 44-year-old Colon is in his first season with the Rangers (and 21st season overall), and it is obvious that his reputation as the legendary Big Sexy very much precedes him. You can’t really blame Gallo for the funny slip-up either, seeing as the moniker is so iconic that it has even inspired its own apparel.
Matt Bush and Joey Gallo are in concussion protocol after colliding with each other during Sunday’s game against the White Sox.
Bush was pitching to Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico during the 8th inning of Texas’ 3-2 loss to and got the first baseman to pop up to shallow third. The Rangers were playing a shift for Delmonico, meaning Gallo was near shortstop to start the play. Knowing his defense was in a shift, Bush raced over to catch the popup and collided with Gallo.
Here's the collision that knocked Joey Gallo and Matt Bush out of today's game vs. the White Sox. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/oQxzyhRmHO
— FOX 4 Sports (@KDFWsports) August 20, 2017
Gallo was bloodied and Bush bruised from the collision. The two are in concussion protocol and will not travel with the team to Anaheim for the upcoming four-game series.
Gallo is batting .205 this season but has 35 homers. Bush has a 3.04 ERA in 47.1 innings.
We get why some MLB stars shy away from participating in the annual Home Run Derby. Some think that the event can mess up a swing. It’s actually kind of tiring. Some guys would rather just take the vacation.
Well, we don’t care about any of that. The Derby is weeks away, and a loaded field would make it one of the summer’s most exciting events. If we could entice any eight players to participate, here is our dream Home Run Derby field, ordered by how many home runs they have in 2017 — and while it isn’t required, we’ve included four players from each league to keep things even.
1) Aaron Judge, Yankees
It hardly gets any more obvious than this. It’s hard to take the city of New York by storm, but Judge has done just that, slugging 26 home runs and positioning himself not just atop the Rookie of the Year race, but in contention for AL MVP as well.
Sure, the overall numbers are great, but that’s not what we care about right now. What we care about is that Judge is capable of hitting home runs like this, even in a game situation:
Judge hits some of the most impressive home runs in baseball. Imagine what he could do in a derby environment. He needs to be there — no doubt about it. The good news is he’s at least considering it.
2) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
As the Texas Rangers go forth into the trade market, it appears as though no player is off limits.
According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday, the Rangers are willing to move power-hitting outfielder Joey Gallo in exchange for starting pitching help.
Passan notes the potential trade partner compatibility between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays, who are said to have a desire for young bats. The two sides have been linked in rumors the last couple of days, and, even though the Rays don’t seem particularly amenable to trading Chris Archer, they do have arms like Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore to hypothetically offer.
The 22-year-old Gallo is the top-rated prospect in the Rangers’ farm system and has hit 143 home runs over five seasons in the minors. But he hasn’t gotten much of a chance to contribute at the Major League level yet. Gallo was called up by the team in May but saw just one at-bat before being optioned back down to Triple-A five days later.
The Rangers currently have the best record in the American League, and, should they choose to go all-in on a World Series run this year, Gallo could be one of the guys sent packing.
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Texas Rangers outfielder prospect Joey Gallo was affected more deeply by the killing of five Dallas police officers Thursday than most people.
Five officers were killed in a shooting that took place during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. One of the deceased officers is Patrick Zamarripa, who actually stopped Gallo and fellow Rangers youngster Nomar Mazara for a photo a few months ago.
On Friday, Gallo posted the photo from their encounter and recapped what happened in a touching note shared on Instagram:
A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas. When an officer stopped us, Mazara and I immediately became nervous, "I know who you guys are" he said. "Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, can I get a picture with you guys please?" It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us. His name is Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed in last nights shootings in Dallas. I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas
A photo posted by Joey Gallo (@joeygallo24) on
Zamarripa was a big sports fan. Here’s a photo of him also posing with Dez Bryant, “Throwing up The X” for Dez.
— Ben Rogers (@BenRogers) July 8, 2016