Rougned Odor’s slide into Andrelton Simmons brings Anthony Rizzo play to mind

The Rangers’ Rougned Odor knows all the tricks around the second-base bag. He tried to pull one of them Friday night against the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, and that almost led to a brawl.
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From this vantage point, the play looked similar to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s attempt to break up a double play in Pittsburgh on Monday. Major League Baseball eventually took a dim view of that play after umpires initially deemed it legal. MLB has has yet to comment on Odor’s slide, which umpires also decided within the rules.

Backing up a bit, here’s what happened Friday:

Odor tried to break up an eventual game-ending double play in the ninth inning by spiking Simmons in the left shin as he slid near the base. Simmons managed to turn two anyway, with help from first baseman Albert Pujols. Afterward, Simmons pushed Odor, then pointed to his leg to let Odor know he clipped him.

Odor didn’t appear to be sympathetic. The benches soon gathered in the middle of the diamond. Odor started jawing as he was being held back.

Odor’s slide happened four days after Rizzo clipped the legs of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz and caused a two-run error. On Tuesday, the commissioner’s office contradicted the Womens Trevor Williams Jersey umpires in that game and said that, in its view, Rizzo interfered with Diaz.

The Cardinals (35-28) are currently 3 1/2 games behind Ryan Quigley Authentic Jersey the Brewers in the National League Central, but are also 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs for second place.

Crash Davis, the switch-hitting catcher who made a career of swatting home runs across this baseball-loving country of ours, smashed his 247th minor-league dinger Thursday. Nobody has ever hit more homers in the minors, and this record-breaker was vintage Davis.

Davis’ 1988 season started in the unlikeliest of places, back in the Class A Carolina league, with the Durham Bulls. His Triple-A contract had been bought out, and his new assignment was to mentor Ebby Calvin LaLoosh, a right-handed bonus baby the big club had invested heavily in. Davis wasn’t exactly thrilled. He was a veteran catcher, not a stable pony.