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Nationals’ Anthony Rendon Ejected For No Good Reason

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Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was ejected Saturday afternoon in the fourth inning by home plate umpire Marty Foster for… well, no good reason.

No, seriously.

Take a look:

https://twitter.com/KentMurphy/status/982706631803834373

It wasn’t even an immediate ejection. Note how a solid three seconds go by after Rendon’s mild bat flip before Foster ejects him from the game. I wonder what the holdup was. Maybe Foster was contemplating his feelings for a moment? I don’t know.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez was also ejected by Foster after coming out to argue on behalf of Rendon. It was Martinez’s first ejection as Nationals manager. Got his money’s worth too:

Quite honestly, this is ridiculous, and another example of umpires trying to make it all about them. While some may argue Rendon’s bat flip was “showing up” Foster, it stopped there. Rendon didn’t turn around and look at Foster, let alone say a single word. It was a mild bat flip on a borderline strike three call. That’s all. Not worthy of an ejection one bit.

We constantly see players (and managers) briefly argue with umpires after strike three calls they don’t agree with and not get rung up. Yet Rendon does literally nothing (his bat flip WAS nothing) and gets tossed. Incredible.

Twitter had plenty of takes on possibly the softest ejection in MLB history:

In closing, it’s now obvious who baseball’s most sensitive umpire is. Come on, Foster. You can do better.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Nationals Sign Patrick Corbin

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The Washington Nationals surprisingly won the courtship of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who chose the team over the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, and will ink a six-year deal with $140 million in guaranteed money, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Washington agreed to terms with Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Corbin will now join a rotation that features Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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Braves to Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

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The Atlanta Braves are finalizing a contract with Rick Kranitz that will officially make him the team’s new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

While no timetable for a completed deal has been reported at the time of this writing, the reports indicated that it’s now “expected” that Kranitz, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, will join the Braves organization.

Kranitz was out in Philly following the team’s decision to promote assistant pitching coach Chris Young to Kranitz’s position.

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