Information spreads so quickly in the social media era that players often find out they were traded or released before their teams have a chance to speak with them, which usually is not a good thing. However, it did make for a cool moment after the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds agreed to their blockbuster trade on Tuesday night.
The Indians and Reds swapped Trevor Bauer and Yasiel Puig in a three-team deal that also sent Taylor Trammel to the San Diego Padres. Cincinnati outfielder Jesse Winker had not yet heard the news during Tuesday night’s game when a fan sitting in the bleachers relayed it to him.
— Keegan Nickoson (@Knickoson42) July 31, 2019
A fan breaking trade news to a player about his own team in the middle of a game would have been unfathomable 10 or so years ago, but that was a pretty cool moment.
Again, we’ve seen plenty of situations where it would have been nice if teams got to players before the news spread on social media, but the fan who got to break the news about the Bauer-Puig trade to a Reds player is probably thankful for Twitter.
Amir Garrett will be facing some serious discipline from the league after his role in starting a fight between his Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.
Garrett was on the mound with his Reds down 11-3 in the top of the ninth. Someone from the Pirates dugout yelled something and got ejected. Garrett didn’t like what was said and ran over to fight some Pirates players. He meant business and threw some big punches. Players from both sides converged and began to fight. Even Yasiel Puig, who had just been traded to the Cleveland Indians, got involved.
Amir Garrett just took on the ENTIRE Pittsburgh Pirates team. pic.twitter.com/PKlZe6ljb8
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) July 31, 2019
This Reds fight was 5 minutes long and INSANE
And what a fitting and awesome way to go for Puig…gonna miss that guy pic.twitter.com/ps53YJlhkb
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 31, 2019
Some beef was brewing in the game prior to the fight.
Earlier the Reds were upset about a Keone Kela pitch that went high and in, nearly hitting Derek Dietrich. Joey Votto walked by and said something to the Pirates dugout about it. The benches were warned.
Then before the fight, Jared Hughes was ejected for hitting Starling Marte, as was Freddie Benavides. Reds manager David Bell had been ejected in the 8th.
Later, both Garrett and Puig were ejected for their roles in the fight. From the Pirates’ side, Chris Archer, Kyle Crick and Francisco Cervelli were also tossed.
Trevor Bauer’s last act as a member of the Cleveland Indians was his “childish” heave into center field.
Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal that also involves the San Diego Padres.
The Reds are sending outfielder Yasiel Puig and Double-A pitcher Scott Moss to the Indians, and Taylor Trammell to the Padres as part of the deal. Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova are being sent to the Indians from the Padres.
Here is what each team is getting in the trade:
Reds: Trevor Bauer
Indians: Yasiel Puig and Scott Moss via Cincinnati; Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen and Victor Nova via San Diego
Padres: Taylor Trammell
Bauer, 28, is making $13 million this season and is under team control for one more season, so Cincinnati will get him for 2020. Puig will be a free agent after the season, so he is a rental for an Indians offense that could use some extra power. Puig has 22 home runs in 99 games this season.
Bauer is 9-8 with a 3.79 ERA. He is set for a pay raise next year that the team maybe felt they couldn’t afford. He is also outspoken and his latest antics may have also made it easier to deal him.
Trammell is a 21-year-old former first-round pick who is batting .236 in Double-A this year. He has batted .273 with a .775 OPS during his minor league career.
Reyes has 27 home runs this season and a .253 batting average. He had 16 homers in 87 games for the Padres last season. Allen, 22, pitched 25 innings for the Padres this season with a 6.75 ERA. He has a 3.08 ERA in his minor league career.
The trade comes a day after another top starting pitcher on the market, Marcus Stroman, was also moved. What’s surprising and equally noteworthy about both deals is that the pitchers ended up going to below .500 teams that were in fourth place in their respective divisions.
The Cincinnati Reds made the exceptionally bold fashion choice to wear sleeveless throwback uniforms on Sunday, which resulted in quite the look.
The players seemed to enjoy the sleeveless look, and it was certainly striking to see the team suited up together.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 7, 2019
No player, however, looked better in the uniforms than outfielder Yasiel Puig, who really rocked the look.
You're still celebrating the USWNT, and you should be. But please spend two seconds directing your focus to the fact that the Reds are currently playing baseball without sleeves. pic.twitter.com/p6NbzaMO4q
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) July 7, 2019
We’ve seen some really interesting uniforms in MLB, and obviously the sleeveless look is par for the course in the NBA. It’s strange to see it in this environment, but if it works, it works.
- Yasiel Puig
A culture war in Major League Baseball has been ongoing regarding celebrations throughout the sport. Some players and fans like celebrations, while others are greatly opposed to it. The matter is especially divided along cultural lines, with humbleness and respect for the game/opponents part of the fabric of American baseball, while celebrations are encouraged and very much a part of the game in some international leagues.
Yasiel Puig is one of the players at the center of this issue, as he’s been rubbing opponents — and his own team at times — the wrong way with his celebrations and actions on the field. Puig understands this and tried to conform to the preferred style in MLB, but he says his Cincinnati Reds teammates encouraged him to return to his celebratory roots because they recognized it produced greater results.
Puig was in San Fernando, Calif. last week ahead of his Reds’ series against the Los Angeles Angels for the groundbreaking of “Puig’s House,” a community center his Wild Horse Children’s Foundation has pledged to create, maintain and remodel at Pioneer Park. Larry Brown Sports was in attendance for the event and spoke with Puig about multiple topics, including bat flips and celebrations.
He explained his stance on the matter.
“When we go to the field we want to do the best. We don’t intend to bat flip, but sometimes you do something that makes you excited, and the game is heated, and that leads to bat flips and my tongue out,” Puig told Larry Brown Sports. “Some people don’t like it but that’s the way I play. I tried to take it out and it wasn’t working for myself. My teammates said, ‘bro, we need you back. Do your thing and enjoy the game, do the things you did before and you’ll be fine and the team will be fine.’ When I started doing that, we won six in a row. We don’t try to disrespect anybody. The pitcher can strike you out three or four times, and we can only homer once or twice a game. If I homer and bat flip and the next time the pitcher strikes me out and yells at me, I won’t be mad.”
Puig is still beloved by many fans in Los Angeles despite being traded away by the Dodgers. His connection to the area is so strong that he is still working to help the local communities. When asked whether he missed Los Angeles, he said he missed his fans and friends but was happy in Cincinnati.
“I miss my fans and the friends I have in Los Angeles. Now I’m so happy with my new team and my new teammates and my new city in Cincinnati. Everybody has a good relationship over there,” said Puig.
Puig also said he was not too disappointed about his trade to the Reds because his main objective is to play baseball, and Cincinnati gave him that opportunity.
“I got on board (with the trade) quickly because I came to this country to play baseball. God gave me an opportunity to play six years in Los Angeles. I fell in love with the fans, I fell in love with the team, and everything about the city. But I came to this country to play baseball, and Cincinnati gave me the opportunity, and that’s the reason why I’m happy to be in Cincinnati and with my team,” Puig told Larry Brown Sports.
“I want to say thank you to all the fans here in Los Angeles to support me and miss me; I miss you too.”
Below is video of our interview:
- Yasiel Puig
Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop called Yasiel Puig “stupid” after a bench-clearing confrontation on Saturday, but it’s the Cincinnati Reds who got the last laugh on Sunday.
Puig scored the Reds’ fifth run to give them a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth in Sunday’s game, and the team’s Twitter account immediately took aim at Strop’s comments in a clever way.
Look at this stupid run. pic.twitter.com/IeC1NupAPo
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 30, 2019
Strop had a lot to say about Puig on Saturday after a Cubs win. With the Reds on their way to victory Sunday, they had the right to have the last word, even if Strop didn’t feature in the contest. It’s pretty funny, and it’s a nice way to escalate what is turning into a minor rivalry, at least among fans.
Pedro Strop did not hold back when talking about Yasiel Puig following Saturday’s game that involved an incident between the two players.
During the bottom of the eighth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Strop hit Puig in the leg with a 3-0 pitch. Naturally, tempers flared and both dugouts emptied.
Hitting Yasiel Puig in the batter's box? Not a great idea. pic.twitter.com/IaeeuSvqy1
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 29, 2019
While Puig was furious after getting plunked, Strop didn’t stop with just throwing a baseball at the Reds outfielder. Strop delivered a verbal jab after game, calling Puig “stupid as f—” and repeatedly calling him stupid for threatening to come out to the mound but not actually acting on the threat.
Pedro Strop was confused as to why Yasiel Puig got angry:
“It’s no secret, he’s stupid. He’s stupid as (expletive). Nothing against him, he’s just stupid.”
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 29, 2019
What was Strop yelling at Puig?
Strop: "I told him, 'Why are you talking? You had a chance to just come and do whatever you need to do on the mound. Now, you're just screaming.'"
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 30, 2019
Puig has gained a reputation during his career as someone who isn’t particularly liked by opposing teams. That was clearly the case on Saturday as Strop’s throwing at Puig’s leg appeared to be intentional.