Henry in January

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Henry in January

Postautor: elaine95 » 12 gru 2018, o 05:23

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge saw Jose Urena’s plunking of Ronald Acuna Jr. before the Yankees played a day game Thursday Jeurys Familia Jersey , and he felt Acuna’s pain. The reigning AL home run leader knows that with so many big flies comes a risk that some disgruntled pitcher may try burying a fastball in your ribs.“Oh yeah, it’s happened before,” New York’s star slugger said.Throwing at a batter for hitting home runs? That’s what many think Urena did, including Mets broadcaster and former big league first baseman Keith Hernandez, who defended Urena’s plunking of Atlanta’s breakout rookie. Mostly, though, players and coaches around the game seem to want nothing to do with this murky unwritten rule.The Miami right-hander sparked a benches-clearing fracas in Atlanta when he drilled Acuna in the elbow with the first pitch of a game Wednesday. Acuna had homered leading off three consecutive games and gone deep four times in the first three games of the series against the Marlins.Acuna had a CT scan that revealed his elbow was normal, and X-rays also were negative. He was back in Atlanta’s lineup Thursday night against Colorado.Urena claimed he was just pitching Acuna inside and missed his spot with a “bad pitch.” He was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount on Thursday.The Braves — as well as the game’s umpires — believed the plunking was intentional. Braves All-Star Freddie Freeman said it “was just completely classless on Jose Urena’s part,” and manager Brian Snitker was near the front of a line of Atlanta players charging out of the dugout toward the mound.“I’m not sure I’ve ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,” Snitker said.At least one prominent baseball voice thought Urena would be right to intentionally drill Acuna, though. Hernandez, the 1979 NL co-MVP, said during the Mets broadcast Wednesday night that in this case, “you got to hit him.”“They’re killing you,” Hernandez said. “You lost three games. He’s hit three home runs. You got to hit him. I’m sorry, people aren’t going to like that. You know, you got to hit him, knock him down.”Hernandez’s words weren’t well received by the Braves. Reliever Peter Moylan tweeted that Hernandez was a “clown,” and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones tweeted that the comments were “waaay off base!”“So by this way of thinking, Jacob deGrom should get drilled cuz he’s the hottest pitcher on the planet? NO!” Jones wrote.Players and coaches around the majors were asked about intentional plunkings Thursday, and it’s clear that Hernandez’s opinion falls among the minority.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Urena’s pitch “seemed pretty blatant to me.”“It had a bad look to it,” he said.Rays veteran Kevin Kiermaier thinks plunkings have a time and a place. He recalled being a rookie when Tampa Bay unintentionally hit Yankees star Derek Jeter twice in the same game. Kiermaier was the first batter up for Tampa Bay the next inning.“I knew I was going to get thrown at,” Kiermaier said. “Guy ended up missing. I had no problem with it. He got thrown out Mike Piazza Jersey , whatever.”But Kiermaier also suspects at least one pitcher has thrown at him intentionally because the speedy center fielder tried to bunt for a hit in the first inning of a game, and that experience infuriated him. Kiermaier, who is expecting a child in November, doesn’t want any part of pitchers throwing at him for just playing the game. He called Urena’s pitch “classless.”“You’re hitting good, and they want to hit you to hit you, then I got a problem with that,” Kiermaier said.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said he would’ve preferred umpires leave Urena in the National League game, rather than eject him.“That would have been a little more punishment, because he’s got to bat,” Gardenhire said, adding that “I would be mad enough if I were the manager, I might start (Urena) tomorrow and lead him off just so they can smoke him and knock him out just because he did something so stupid.”Added Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the longest tenured manager in the majors: “Throwing at somebody with intent should not be part of this game.”Retired seven-time All-Star Michael Young said on Twitter that “you don’t drill people for doing their jobs” and “that’s not old school.” He also said the concept of brushback pitches — throwing a fastball inside to scare a batter off the plate and make him uncomfortable — doesn’t work against major league hitters.“You can’t make a good hitter uncomfortable,” Young said. “He’s been there, done that. He’s laughing in his head because your heaters inside are simply teeing him up with a 2-0 count. Then he’s going to torch you.” LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man ahead of his time more than 40 years ago, Dave Dombrowski studied to become a general manager.Going into his junior year at Western Michigan’s Lee Honors College in 1977, he started work on his thesis: “The General Manager, ‘The Man in the Middle'” and wrote letters to every GM in the big leagues.About half responded to his questionnaire, which ended with a request for a follow-up interview, and Roland Hemond of the Chicago White Sox invited him to come to Comiskey Park.Dombrowski asked about jobs in baseball, and Hemond suggested he go to the winter meetings in Honolulu. So Dombrowski headed to Hawaii, learned the White Sox were seeking an administrative assistant, cut short his senior year and started work Jan. 3 at age 21 after negotiating an $8 http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-reyes-jersey ,000 salary — $1,000 more than originally offered.And with that began a career that led to a World Series title with the 1997 Florida Marlins, AL pennants with Detroit in 2006 and ’12 and a second championship with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.“When you’re younger, you think that it will happen more often,” he said.Wearing a red polo shirt with blue stripes along with a blue suit, Dombrowski grinned widely as Boston’s owners were presented the trophy. His moves included signing slugger J.D. Martinez last winter and adding Nathan Eovaldi, Steve Pearce and Ian Kinsler during the season.“For myself, it’s an absolute thrill,” Dombrowski said. “It just doesn’t get any better from a professional perspective.”Dombrowski was hired as Boston’s president of baseball operations in August 2015, two weeks after he was fired by the Tigers in the middle of his 14th season.Hours after Detroit made its stunning announcement, Dombrowski received a call from Red Sox owner John Henry, who bought the Marlins in January 1999 after Dombrowski had completed six seasons as Florida’s GM.“He said, ‘Let’s talk.’ He said, ‘I’ve got some thoughts. Please don’t do anything,'” Dombrowski recalled Sunday.Dombrowski’s 77-page paper, finished in 1978, examined running ballclubs back to the 1860s, the hiring of men to run teams for absentee owners and the creation of the GM job when Cleveland owner Alva Bradley hired Billy Evans in November 1927.He examined the success of Branch Rickey and George Weiss, and discussed the changes brought about by the players’ union. Dombrowski correctly predicted big business and internationalization would transform the role into a senior executive supervising a staff.“In this new system of organization, the general manager would occupy the top position of the baseball department, and perform an integrative function so that his whole department would run efficiently,” he wrote then.Now 62, he looks back with fondness at his start with the White Sox. He was part of a five-man front office that included assistant business manager Mike Veeck Wilmer Flores Jersey , the son of maverick owner Bill Veeck; player personnel adviser Paul Richards; and director of baseball operations Charlie Evranian.“I used to drive Bill and Roland home a lot of times,” Dombrowski said. “I answered tryout letters. I did filing. I got to go to spring training. I set up transportation. At that time you did everything and anything they wanted, and I loved it. I was there every hour of the day basically, every waking hour, because there were few of us.”His job with the Red Sox isn’t comparable.“Now, we have a gathering of the baseball group, there’s 35 in the front office,” he said in Dodger Stadium’s first base dugout before Game 5.Chicago promoted Dombrowski several times, but he was fired when Ken Harrelson was GM in 1986. Murray Cook hired him as Montreal’s director of player development and Dombrowski became the Expos’ GM in July 1988 at age 31.Dombrowski stayed a little more than three years, then left in September 1991 to become GM of the expansion Marlins ahead of their first season in 1993.He hired Jim Leyland as manager in 1996, and a year later the Marlins won the World Series in just their fifth season. Founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga sold the team to Henry in January 1999, and Dombrowski remained as GM until November 2001.As Henry prepared to sell the Marlins and head the group that bought the Red Sox, Dombrowski left to become president and chief executive officer of the Tigers. Leyland joined Dombrowski as manager for 2006 and spent eight seasons with Detroit that included just one losing record.Tigers scout Scott Reid taught Dombrowski a valuable lesson, that times had changed and he no longer should keep a locker in the clubhouse and change after jogging.“I think you might want to spend a little less time in the clubhouse,” Dombrowski remembered was the message. “He said they look at you differently now and I didn’t really comprehend that. They need their own space.”Dombrowski was brought in by the Red Sox to take a position above general manager Ben Cherington, who decided to leave. The Red Sox rebounded from a last-place finish to win two straight AL East titles, but after consecutive Division Series losses, Dombrowski hired rookie manager Alex Cora last fall to replace John Farrell.Cora led the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins during the regular season. They meet for five to 15 minutes before games to kick around ideas.“He’s been able to slow it down for me,” Cora said. “He tells me what he saw during the games or he asks me what I’m thinking.”Dombrowski takes care not to impose.“You just want to make sure that nothing’s missed, and normally it’s not,” he said. “We try to guide where necessary but also let him make his own decisions. I think it’s important.”
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