Yup that is right there was a fight during a baseball game in the COVID-19 season. Who do you think was one of the teams involved in it? I will give you 3 guesses. It not the Yankees, not the Dodgers, but it was the cheating Astros. Other major news Marcus Stroman opts out of the 2020 season sparking outrage. Lastly I will do a quick recap on how teams did this past week.
A’s Astros Fight
Just giving out pitching tips and the next you know you find yourself in the middle of a vicious cockfight
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) August 9, 2020
Incase you have not see it yet there it is. So to give a quick background of it: that was Ramon Laureano’s third time being hit by a pitch in the series. He was not happy with that. So he is now telling the Astros’ pitchers to put more break on their curveballs. In the video you can see the Astro’s hitting coach Alex Clintron waving Laureano over. Anyone would charge someone if that happened to them.
It came out today that Clintron made some very bad comments about Laureano’s mother. That is what sent him flying towards the dugout. That is a not something you do anywhere. Laureano is quoted to say “I regret charging him because he is loser” in this ESPN article.
So now to get to the punishments. As of 7:30pm on Monday 8/10 there is nothing handed down yet. Laureano should get something because there is absolutely no fighting in the COVID protocol. But if he gets a lot of games then the whole baseball community will go crazy. The Astros hit him 3 times in 3 games, their hitting coach said things to him, THE ASTROS CHEATED!! If no one on the Astros gets in trouble Rob Manfred needs to be fired plain and simple. This fight is completely on the Astros. They need to get punished.
Marcus Stroman Opts-Out
According to an ESPN article Marcus Stroman of the New York Mets has opted-out of the 2020 season. He was recovering from a calf injury and was slated to come back sometime next week. He has earned enough service time to become a free agent this off season. Stroman sights family members who have compromised immune systems as one of the reasons for this.
Many people are upset at the fact that he got some money for the season and now he can before a free agent. He has not thrown a pitch in the 2020 season.
This happens all the time when the season is normal. A player might take longer to recover from an injury if they do not want to play for the team they are signed with. If that team is not contending for the World Series that play might not want to get injured again.
I think Stroman deserves the money and will find a team that wants to win. Ever since I listened to his interview on Starting 9 I have loved everything about Stroman. He is a smaller player but will give you everything he has and then some. I love those types of players. He also is very outspoken. I cannot wait to see where he lands this off season.
WEEKLY RECAP (8/4 – 8/9)
Orioles: 2-4 Swept by Marlins and won 2 games against the Nationals until the rain shorten the last game.
Red Sox: 3-2 Split a 2 game series verse the Rays then won 2 of 3 against the Blue Jays.
Yankees: 2-5 Lost 2 of 3 against the Phillies and dropped 3 of 4 verse the Rays.
Rays: 4-2 Split a 2 game set against the Red Sox then won 3 of 4 verse the Yankees.
Jays: 2-4 Lost 2 of 3 in series verse both the Braves and Red Sox.
White Sox: 2-4 Won last game verse Brewers then lost next 2 at Brewers and lost 2 of 3 against the Indians.
Indians: 5-1 Won last game against the Reds the swept the Reds in a 2 game set, lastly won 2 of 3 verse the White Sox.
Tigers: 3-0 Had games verse Cardinals postponed then swept the Pirates.
Royals: 4-2 Lost last game verse Cubs then split a 2 game set against the Cubs then swept the Twins to win 4 straight.
Twins: 2-4 Won last game verse Pirates the split a 2 game series at the Pirates and got swept at the Royals.
Astros: 1-5 Won first game at the D-Backs only to lose next 2 then get swept by the A’s in Oakland.
Angels: 2-4 Won 2 of 3 at Mariners then got swept at Rangers.
Athletics: 6-0 Swept both the Rangers.
Mariners: 2-4 Lost 2 of 3 in 2 series at home verse the Angels and Rockies.
Rangers: 3-3 Got swept by the A’s then swept the Angels.
Braves: 4-2 Won 2 of the at home verse the Blue Jays then won 2 of the first 3 of a 4 game series at the Phillies.
Marlins: 5-2 Swept Orioles in 4 games then won first game verse the Mets only to drop the next 2.
Mets: 3-2 Split a road 2 game series at the Nationals then won 2 of 3 verse the Marlins.
Phillies: 3-3 Won 2 of 3 verse the Yankees then lost 2 of 3 at home verse Braves.
Nationals: 1-3 Split a 2 game home series verse the Mets then lost the first 2 verse the Orioles.
Cubs: 2-1 Won the last game of a 2 game series verse the Royals then split a 2 game road series verse the Royals, games verse the Cardinals were postponed due to COVID.
Reds: 2-4 Lost final game of 2 game home series verse the Indians then got swept by Indians in a 2 game road series then won 2 of 3 at the Brewers.
Brewers: 3-3 Lost the last game of a 2 game set verse the White Sox then swept a 2 game road series at the White Sox then won 1 of 3 verse the Reds.
Pirates: 1-5 Lost last game verse the Twins then split a 2 game home series against the Twins and got swept by the Tigers.
Cardinals: Have not played since 7/25 because of COVID
Diamondbacks: 3-3 Won 2 of 3 verse the Astros at home then lost 2 of 3 on the road at the Padres.
Rockies: 4-2 Won 2 of the last 3 in a 4 game home series verse the Giants then won 2 of 3 verse the Mariners.
Dodgers: 4-1 Won last 2 verse the Padres then won 2 of 3 at home verse the Giants.
Padres: 2-3 Lost the last 2 against the Dodgers the won 2 of 3 at the D-Backs
Giants: 2-4 Lost 2 of last 3 games at Rockies then lost 2 of 3 at the Dodgers.
A’s and Astros get in a fight. hopefully the MLB does the right thing and suspends Astros for causing this fight. Marcus Stroman opts-out of season. People are unhappy but he can do what he wants. Every team but Cardinals are playing. As always I want to hear from you and your thoughts on the season so far. Also listen to Legends Lingo!
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