Controversy seems to be following the Toronto Blue Jays everywhere they go these days. Last week, it was Jose Bautista getting slugged by Rougned Odor after a beanball and a dangerous slide led to the two tangoing at second base.
Now, it’s Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson who has caused a bit of a ruckus after a contentious weekend series with the Minnesota Twins.
On Saturday, the Twins’ bench taunted Donaldson for not running out a ground ball and he yelled back at them, which the home plate umpire mistook as Donaldson yelling at him and thereby ejected Donaldson.
On Sunday, Donaldson exacted some revenge and stared down the Twins’ bench after hitting a home run in his first at-bat of the game, which drew the ire of the Twins.
In Donaldson’s next at-bat, Twins started Phil Hughes threw two inside pitches at Donaldson that just missed hitting him, causing Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons to argue with the home plate umpire and get himself ejected from the game.
Afterwards, Donaldson spoke with the media about the incident and was none too pleased with the Twins for trying to retaliate and intimidate the slugger at the plate.
These incidents along with a laundry list of others have a lot in the baseball community thinking twice about the ‘let the game police itself’ mantra – especially when, as Donaldson points out, livelihoods are on the line.
If things continue down this path, it might only be a matter of time before baseball intervenes and prevents these incidents from escalating even further.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.