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Mets Bat Out Of Order In First Inning At Reds

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During the first inning on Wednesday at Great American Ballpark, New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway made the silly mistake of batting his team out of order against the Cincinnati Reds.

After third baseman Wilmer Flores struck out with the bases empty, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out, bloop double down the left field line.

That’s when Reds intermin manager Jim Riggleman came out to notify the umpires of the mix-up.

Simply put, Flores was intended to hit second and Cabrera third. It’s the lineup the Mets released publicly, but not the one the umpires received from Mets first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr, as Cabrera was listed as the number-two hitter followed by Flores.

The Reds’ Twitter account couldn’t help troll the Mets afterwards:

Official scorer Ron Roth wiped Cabrera’s at-bat from the record books, and Jay Bruce, hitting clean-up, was ruled out (officially ruled a putout to the catcher) by crew chief Jerry Meals despite not going to the plate.

Adrian Gonzalez, hitting fifth, led off the second inning. This caused more confusion, as Riggelman emerged from the dugout again. According to Meals, Flores’ out-of-order at-bat became legal as Riggelman didn’t say anything when Cabrera was up, but only before Bruce took a pitch, effectively ruling Bruce out.

Callaway, a first-year manager, took the blame for failing to “double-check, triple-check, and quadruple-check” the card that third-base coach Gary DiSarcina usually takes care of.

The mistake was costly for the Mets, as it ended a potential rally, setting the stage for a walk-off 2-1 Reds win (improving to 10-27) in 10 innings. It was New York’s eighth loss in nine May games after starting the season 17-9 through April.

If anything has summed up the Mets’ recent struggles, this is it. New York will try to avoid falling to .500 tonight as they begin a three-game weekend road series against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are 22-15.

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Reds Hire David Bell as Manager

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The Cincinnati Reds hired former infielder David Bell to be their next manager, according to an official team announcement made on Sunday.

Bell, who worked for four seasons as a manager in Reds minor league system from 2008 until 2011, agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2022 and was formally introduced as the Reds’ manager during a Monday news conference.

Bell, 46, has spent the past two seasons as vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants .

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Reds Place Joey Votto On Disabled List

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The Cincinnati Reds have placed Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion that he suffered last week when he was hit near the knee by Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson in what has been viewed as intentional.

After the hit, Votto limped to first base as he barked at Madson, who appeared to be retaliating for the plunking of National players, such as Bryce Harper.

The trip to the disabled list will mark the first one for Votto since 2014, and he is posting a .284/.422/.419 batting line this season.

 

 

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Reds’ Jesse Winker Out for Season with Shoulder Injury

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker will miss the rest of the 2018 season after dislocating his right shoulder, the team announced on Thursday.

“He’ll be ready for spring training next year,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. “I don’t think we’ll see him playing this year.”

Winker, 24, will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Mason Williams and the Reds transferred infielder Alex Blandino to the 60-day disabled list to create space on the roster.

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