Alfredo aceves poses for fans before WBC game vs. Canada
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Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon drilled Canada's Rene Tosoni with a pitch. Tosoni reacted angrily, walking toward the mound, prompting the benches to empty.
Team Canada outfielder Tyson Gillies seemed to seek Aceves out and from behind, wrestled him to the ground before sprinting away. Aceves chased after him, seeking retribution, but was intercepted by several Team Canada members. Aceves got several punches into a scrum that took minutes for umpires and officials to clear.
"I had a hold of him,'' said Team Canada coach Larry Walker of Aceves, "and I think I saw Satan in his eyes.''
Aceves was later one of several players ejected from the game. The WBC announced Sunday morning that no suspensions or punishments would be handed out as a result of the fight.
CSNNE | Aceves had 'Satan in his eyes' in WBC brawl
Hard to believe, isn't it? Alfredo Aceves in the middle of controversy. And because of his temper, no less.
Actually the biggest surprise is he wasn't doing the one needlessly headhunting at the end of an (ultimately) meaningless game.
I'm not someone who gets self-righteous about off-the-field behavior -- and since this isn't an MLB game, I'll consider it off the field. I was a Manny defender until the end. The key difference, of course, is that Manny should be a Hall of Famer (might not be if voters don't change their stance on PEDs), while Aceves hasn't really shown MLB talent beyond a half-season in New York.
What I'm getting to is this: Trading Aceves should be one of the things Cherington has on a front burner during the beginning of the season. Maybe a starter goes down for a contender and they don't have enough organizational depth, so they want to stretch Aceves out. Or maybe somebody's closer goes down and they think Aceves' particular brand of lunacy is well suited to it (last year's results be damned).
I'm not among the people who say to cut him (which they can do without paying his entire contract as long as they do it by a certain date in Spring Training). For whatever reason, he seems to be an asset, someone people around MLB believe in. And he could theoretically be an asset to the Red Sox, particularly with Joel Hanrahan struggling, Andrew Bailey made of tissue paper, and Craig Breslow and Franklin Morales have battled injuries. As always, you can never have enough pitching.
But if we find ourselves at a time when we do, or if another team is pressed to overpay due to circumstance, Cherington should be ready to pounce on a deal.
On page 2, David Ortiz undergoes precautionary MRIs. Yes, plural.
David Ortiz underwent MRIs on both heels Saturday morning, more as a precautionary measure, but also to determine why he is having so much soreness in the heels rather than in the Achilles’ tendon strain he’s been dealing with since last July.
“Just to rule everything out,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “I think the one thing that we still hold in all this is that, while the timing might not be what was maybe initially expected, the bigger picture is he’s still making progress.
“He’s been able to run the bases, as we know, on the day that he has. He’s been taking [batting practice] every single day. There’s progress, yet maybe not as fast as he might have anticipated or hoped.”
Globe | Red Sox' David Ortiz undergoes MRIs on both heels
I don't like the sound of them having to MRI both heels -- you start to wonder what this injury is causing through the rest of his body. Is he overcompensating elsewhere, leading to other issues.
As noted in the Globe piece (and something we've talked about on TA), better to miss a week or Ortiz at the beginning than six weeks in the middle of the season because he didn't properly rehab.
And another thing, Sox fans: Don't let the media bate you into wanting Jackie Bradley, Jr. to start the season with the big club. No need to start his service time yet. Due to the nonsensical rules of the baseball payscale, they could really do themselves harm by giving him big-league days now. Even the Rays, in my mind the division favorite and a team sorely needing a big bat in the middle of the lineup, are probably going to wait until May to call up Wil Myers so as not to start his clock too early.
Hopefully we'll be as smart.
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