Yankee Stadium fan banned from MLB parks for hitting Verdugo

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What happened at Red Sox Yankees game?

The game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was delayed briefly after a fan threw a baseball at Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning, hitting him in the back, which led Red Sox manager Alex Cora to pull his team from the field. The AthleticRed Sox-Yankees delayed after fan throws baseball at Alex Verdugo

Why is Red Sox Yankees game postponed?

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Yankees' player group has prompted the postponement of Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, allowing Major League Baseball to conduct continued testing and contact tracing. The league will continue to provide scheduling updates as available. MLB.comRed Sox-Yankees Thursday game postponed

When is the MLB trade deadline?

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is approaching more quickly than usual. This year's deadline is set for 4 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30, or a day earlier than the traditional date. CBS sports.comMLB trade deadline 2021: Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Trevor Story among 21 top trade candidates

Who hit Verdugo?

The decision was confirmed Sunday by the Yankees and Major League Baseball. Boston manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was hit in the back by a ball thrown from the leftfield seats. Tampa Bay TimesFan who hit Red Sox player with ball gets lifetime ban from all parks

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The fan who hit Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands has been banned for life from attending big league games.

The decision was confirmed Sunday by spokesmen for both the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his team off the field in the sixth inning Saturday night after Verdugo was struck in the back by a ball thrown from the left-field seats. He was not hurt.

"While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries — especially with the Red Sox – reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated," the Yankees said in a statement Sunday.

"There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the top priority for the Yankees organization every time we open our doors."

An angry Verdugo shouted at fans and was restrained by first-base coach Tom Goodwin as the game was held up in a driving rain. The fan was ejected from the ballpark.

"When I went out there, it was loud and it got nasty — from both sides," Cora said Sunday. "I just needed to calm him down. That was the whole reason that I just took everybody off the field. I’m like, where he’s at right now mentally, he’s not going to be able to play right now. No chance."

Verdugo said he tossed the ball into the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back onto the field, hitting the outfielder.

"It’s awful, embarrassing, unacceptable," New York manager Aaron Boone said afterward.

Verdugo returned to left field when play resumed following a discussion with umpires near Boston’s dugout.

"It felt like it was targeted towards me and it don’t sit well with me," he said.

New York won 3-1 in a game called after six innings due to heavy rain.

"Obviously the player was upset, understandably so," umpire crew chief Jeff Nelson told a pool reporter Saturday night. "We tried to make sure that there was a security presence in left field, that the issue was addressed by security, and then also balancing that with continuing the game and keeping the game moving, knowing that we had continuous rain."

NJ.com reported Sunday the fan was not arrested.

"I'm surprised that nothing has happened, let's put it that way," Cora said.

"I’m just glad that (Verdugo's) OK. He saw the video and all that I guess, and he’s OK," the manager added. "Obviously yesterday, it wasn’t great for the game, it wasn’t great for the people here. I know how bad they feel. Hopefully it’s the last time that something like that happens."

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Yankees reportedly 'checking in on outfielders everywhere' ahead of trade deadline

Yardbarker 19 July, 2021 - 06:00am

The New York Yankees enter Sunday's game against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox with a 47-44 record, good for fourth in the division. 

The club has struggled immensely this season and is looking to add reinforcements ahead of this month's trade deadline. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are "checking in on outfielders everywhere" as the trade deadline approaches. 

The @MLB Trade Deadline is in 12 days. Per sources, the @Yankees are checking in on outfielders everywhere, the @Dodgers are “on the starting pitcher warpath” and the @Athletics are scouring the market for relief help. Expect a lot of movement between now and July 30.

New York currently boasts an outfield that includes Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Ryan LaMarre and Tyler Wade. Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks, Tim Locastro and Miguel Andujar are sidelined with injuries. 

It's unclear who the Yankees might be targeting. However, Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo and Starling Marte could be available. 

Bryant is likely to be moved this summer as the Chicago Cubs are looking to sell amid a disappointing season. The Texas Rangers could also move Gallo, who has one year of arbitration remaining before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2023. 

Marte, meanwhile, is on an expiring contract, and it's unclear if he wants to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner said earlier this month he's not opposed to exceeding Major League Baseball's luxury-tax threshold to help his club at the trade deadline. So, it seems like nothing is off the table for New York. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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Game 92: Taillon, small ball, and long ball

Views from 314 ft. 19 July, 2021 - 06:00am

By Derek

On July 18, 2021

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Just when you thought the Yankees were dead, they win two of three from the first place Red Sox by taking tonight’s rubber game, 9-1. I gotta say: I was preparing myself for a sweep after they fell behind 1-0 yesterday and looked pretty lifeless. So much for that.

With tonight’s win, the Yankees are now 7.5 games out of first place (six in the loss column). That’s still a big hill to climb, though these two sides meet again this weekend at Fenway Park. There’s also Toronto and Tampa Bay in between, of course. Meanwhile, the Bombers are 3.5 games (two in the loss column) out of a Wild Card spot. The season is far from over, as unpleasant as it’s been.

Tonight’s victory featured a little bit of everything. Jameson Taillon looked sharp, the bullpen did its thing, and the offense contributed a mix of small ball and long ball. Let’s break it down right after the jump.

It looks like Jameson Taillon has turned his season around. Tonight, the righty threw 5.1 shutout frames, with an assist from Chad Green who stranded two runners Taillon left aboard upon departure. Since hitting rock bottom in Philadelphia on June 12th, when he only recorded one out before getting the hook, Taillon has a 2.86 ERA in his last six starts (34.2 IP). Simply put, he’s been much better of late.

Taillon looked terrific out of the gate tonight. He retired 11 of the first 12 Red Sox he faced. The righty wasn’t overpowering, as he only picked up three strikeouts on the day, but Boston couldn’t square him up either. The Red Sox had a .190 xBA against Taillon through five before finally getting to him in the sixth.

Now, about that sixth inning, when he was facing the Sox lineup for a third time. Much of the story around Taillon’s season has been his difficulty turning the lineup over. That remained true this evening:

Yeah, things started crashing down in a hurry, but Aaron Boone did a good job calling on Green before things could have unraveled. I do want to see Taillon get more opportunities to work through some of his third-time-through troubles, but in an important game like this, Boone absolutely made the right call.

Maybe Taillon can figure out how to go deeper effectively in games, but he has a chance to be a very good five-and-dive pitcher. He’s been doing this for about a month now, which is a very good development for a guy who was starting to look like a bust not long ago. And that’s really all the Yankees need from him, provided they have a healthy and effective bullpen.

Gleyber Torres looks more comfortable at the plate. Since the start of the Houston series — small sample size caveats apply — Torres is 6-for-20 with two homers, a double, four walks, and four strikeouts. That includes tonight’s 1-for-2 with a homer and two walks. As silly as it is to make much out of two series worth of results, it’s really good to see Torres lifting the ball:

Torres isn’t a guy who lights up exit velocity leaderboards, so it’s important for him to hit the ball in the air. This year, he has a career-high ground ball rate (43.9 percent) which just isn’t going to cut it with his typically meh hard contact rates.

Now, he’s got homers in back-to-back games and a seemingly more confident approach at the dish. As great as his second inning dinger was, I really loved the at-bat he took against Brandon Workman in the seventh.

All but pitch number three (a cutter) were curveballs. Workman was being really careful — perhaps too careful, even — but Torres went with it. He didn’t try to do too much. This is purely anecdotal, but it feels like a big part of Gleyber’s troubles this year have been him getting himself out in situations like this. Workman threw a pretty nasty 3-2 curveball that just missed off the plate for ball four, and I can’t help but wonder if earlier this season, Torres would have flailed at such a pitch.

All that said, it’s way too soon to declare that Torres has turned his season around. We’re seeing some good signs at least: more balls in the air and better plate discipline. For now, let’s be happy that he’s showing some semblance of life again offensively. Hopefully, it continues.

The small ball was fun to watch. Tonight, we saw the Yankees execute a successful hit-and-run (DJ LeMahieu), drag bunt (Rougned Odor), go first to third on a single (Ryan LaMarre), hit a sac fly (Greg Allen), and steal two bases (LaMarre and Allen). It was different! It was exciting!

We’ve harped on the Yankees needing more lineup diversity, and tonight exemplified that to an extent. The reason I say “to an extent” is because there’s no way the replacements from Triple-A can salvage the Bombers this season. The Yankees still need external help, particularly in the outfield. They also need their existing personnel to hit like they have in the past (Gleyber, for instance).

Point is: the Yankees should look to invigorate this offense with players who offer some different skillsets. Whether or not you believe this team can contend in 2021, it’s something that should be addressed for the short and long-term. There are players available on the trade market who can do what the likes of Allen and LaMarre did tonight, and then some. Think Starling or Ketel Marte, for instance.

The funny thing about bringing up the team’s small ball success today: the Yankees hit three homers, responsible for five of the nine runs scored. It’s always easier to put up runs in bunches via the long ball, and I want the Yankees to continue to emphasize power, but they don’t need to be so one-dimensional either.

The Yankees are off tomorrow before playing two games against Philadelphia in the Bronx starting Tuesday. Have a good night all.

I thought it was the best win of the season, Derek. I thought we’d win the series and we did in empathic fashion. This island of misfit toys has done more in two days than the A team did in 4 months. Greg Allen is a future star. Where has he been all season when we desperately needed OF help? He reminds me a lot of Grandy. Lamarre also showed a good glove and pop in his bat. Those two need to be playing every day. Florial needs to be called up with yet another injury to Ambergy. I don’t care what he did in AAA, I care what he does in the majors.

This clearly shows that the kids can add fire and energy to a sluggish team. This is what we’ve been saying all year. Wasn’t it nice to see some stolen bases, sac flies, bunts and running 1st to 3rd? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen actual baseball in the Bronx. And they worked the count and drew walks too. Tallion was brilliant again. Ninja Cash struck gold with that one. Nice bounce back for Green. Britton got his feet wet. Chappy looks fixed and needs to throw that splitter more.

Boone needs to pull a Norman Dale and when the regulars do return he needs to say “my ballclub is the one on the field, the one that beat the Sox.” They’re a lot more fun to watch and they win too. This time next week we could be within a game of the lead. That wouldn’t surprise me one bit with the way they’re playing.

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Alex Verdugo addresses fan throwing ball at him during game

Larry Brown Sports 18 July, 2021 - 09:41am

Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo was furious after a Yankees fan threw a ball at him while he was in left field during Saturday’s game. Afterwards, Verdugo went into greater detail on why he was so upset.

The incident took place in the bottom of the sixth inning, immediately raising the ire of Verdugo. It resulted in Boston manager Alex Cora temporarily pulling his team off the field while the situation was addressed.

Verdugo called on Yankees fans to “be better” after the game, saying there was no excuse to throw things at someone.

“There’s no reason to ever throw stuff back on the field, ever. There really isn’t,” Verdugo said, via Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal. “As fans, bro, y’all gotta be better. It’s just that simple. I don’t care how much you hate a team or how much of a rivalry (there) is, you don’t throw s— at people, man.”

The incident marked a rather strange game that also saw umpires try to continue the game despite a pouring rainstorm. The Yankees ended up winning 3-1, with the game called due to rain in the seventh.

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