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Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club. Do we care?

Albert Pujols got a fastball right down Broadway on Tuesday night and did to it what he and most major leaguers do to those, he hit it a long way.  It was his second home run of the game and the 500th of his illustrious career.  Pujols is the 26th player in baseball history to […]

The best moments in the history of Wrigley Field

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Dugout Digest – history

The Angels beat the Nationals 7-2 on Tuesday night. But really, that final score was secondary to what happened on the field – Albert Pujols hit home runs 499 and 500, becoming the third youngest player in MLB history to reach the benchmark and the first since Gary Sheffield back in 2009 with the Mets. […]

Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club

April 22, 2014.

Taylor Jordan.

Nationals Park.

Those are the three major factors that will go down in history in relation to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th member of the 500 home run club. The fifth inning, two-run homer off of Jordan was given a standing ovation and a curtain call by the Nationals fanbase at Nationals Park. He’s the third-youngest player to reach that plateau, following Jimmie Fox and He Who Shall Not Be Named (Alex Rodriguez, of course).

Pujols is 21 homers away from entering the top 20 all-time in home runs, and it’s not a stretch to think he could get there this season with the way he’s been hitting.

Congratulations, Albert.

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Suspensions handed out for Brewers-Pirates brawl

Suspensions for Sunday’s Steel City skirmish already appealing, according to Fox’s Jon Morosi. That much was probably safe to assume, given Gomez’s comments immediately following the game on Sunday. Maldonado, who knew a suspension was coming, will not appeal and will start serving his suspension tonight against San Diego. The Maldonado suspension may end up […]

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The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 22nd edition)

There were some wild walk off this week, from closer collapses to grand slams to awful defense. A little bit of everything, I guess. April 16th, Mariners vs Rangers – Rodney goes down. Texas was down 2-0 going into the bottom of the eighth after not being able to do anything against Felix Hernandez all […]

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Has D-Backs owner put GM Kevin Towers on notice?

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Chris Sale lands on DL after throwing 127 pitches

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Dugout Digest – the battle of the dregs

  Diamondbacks vs Cubs games are something that were drawn up by a very cruel individual, since both teams stink. The game was pretty typical of Arizona’s season – Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, which actually *lowered* his ERA to 9.50. The one Diamondbacks run came on a Mark Trumbo solo […]

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Picking a battle over Bryce Harper’s lack of hustle

Demonstrations of authority like the one Nationals manager Matt Williams exerted on Saturday by benching Bryce Harper for not running out a groundball are why the team hired him. Williams was brought in to be a stricter disciplinarian — a hard-ass contrast to Davey Johnson, who was more of a players manager, content to let his […]

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Ivan Nova appears headed for Tommy John surgery

If there’s good news about Ivan Nova’s pitching injury, it’s that the Yankees now know why he pitched so badly on Saturday. But the bad news is significant. Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which very likely means his 2014 season is over and the Yankees have a major […]

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This week in replay reviews (April 21st edition)

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Miller Park is installing a doghouse for Hank

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Dugout Digest – the cycle that wasn’t

Ryan Howard nearly hit for the cycle on Sunday. Hell, he should have had it – needing just a double, he hit a ball that fell in front of Rockies right fielder Brandon Barnes and skipped past him, allowing Howard to reach second base. He had it! But the official scorekeeper called it a single […]

Brewers and Pirates continue to go at it in post-game comments

Carlos Gomez:

“I’m not apologizing for nothing I did today. I do the stuff I’ve been doing for eight years. Why do people get mad and pissed off for something I do every time? And when they do it nobody get mad, nobody get pissed off? I don’t understand.”

“(Jose) Tabata hit a double, pimped it, we don’t do nothing. (Andrew) McCutchen do it yesterday. Russell Martin did it. We didn’t do nothing. We respect that – ‘You win, OK, enjoy it.’ We hit a double, we hit a triple, they get mad. I don’t think it’s fair.”

“I get to third base and somebody’s screaming at me – ‘It’s not your job.’ But everything’s over and Snider comes real angry and talks to me that way, so I responded back, he tried to punch me and everything started there. I don’t know why they’re mad for something like that.”

“When they strike me out, I no say nothing. I walk to the dugout with my mouth shut and I don’t say nothing. They get hit, they’re screaming, I don’t think it’s fair. You want to do something? Strike me out and enjoy it. I’m not going to be pissed off for you to strike me out. I’ve struck out a lot of times and nothing’s happened.”

Gerrit Cole:

“I said, ‘If you’re going to hit a home run, you can watch it. If you’re going to hit a fly ball to center field, don’t watch it. I didn’t curse at him, I didn’t try to provoke a fight. I was frustrated and I let my emotions get the better of me and I ended up getting one of my teammates hurt.”

Martin Maldonado:

“I saw Snider and Martin over Gomez. I could tell it wasn’t fair, so I had to protect my teammate. I don’t worry about (a suspension). That’s part of baseball. Whatever happens.”

Russell Martin:

“The fair thing would be to have our team hold down Maldonado so that Travis can go back and sucker-punch him right in the face. That would be the fair thing to do. I don’t know if we ask the Brewers if they’re going to be down for that.”

[Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

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