Last time I checked, taking out the catcher at home plate is a legal move in baseball. Well apparently, Shelley Duncan and the New York Yankees don’t think it is, at least not in a spring training game. The situation all started when a player from the Tampa Bay Rays was coming home and the play was going to be close so he slammed into the Yankee Francisco Cervelli, a prospect to make the 25-man roster, broke his wrist and may miss the entire season.
So in Wednesday’s game, Yankee pitcher Heath Phillips threw at a Ray’s batter and was ejected. Then in the second inning, Shelley Duncan slid into Ray’s second baseman Akinori Iwamura with his cleats high... very high! I am talking crotch range.
I think this is crap. The Yankees complained that the Rays were too aggressive for a spring training game. I don’t think that is possible. These are guys trying to earn a roster spot on a big league team. Are they ever going to earn a spot by gently running towards home plate and letting the catcher tag them for an easy out? NO! They are going to get the roster spot by playing gutsy and sacrificing their bodies. That is how you catch the manager’s eye. Not by lollygagging into home plate so you don’t hurt anybody; you’re not going to do that in a regular season game, and if you do you will most likely be benched.
I am not saying I want to see people get hurt, but come on! It is part of the game, at times the game can be physical, so let them play and stop complaining about it. I am hoping for some sort of suspension for Duncan, because as far as I can tell, this was done with intent to injure. As far as I am concerned, this is unacceptable.
So thank you Shelley Duncan, you just gave me another reason to hate the Yankees!
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