The home race is run by positional players – including Yermín Mercedes of the Chicago White Sox, who scored a home run 3-0 on Monday night against Willians Astudillo of the Minnesota Twins and on Thursday night by Joey Wendle of the Tampa Bay Rays for Stevie Wilkerson’s ninth inning from Baltimore Orioles – and games like the Giants 19-4 defeat by the Giants at Great American Ball Park on Thursday sparked renewed debate over a grace rule for Major League baseball.
The National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench told Dan Patrick earlier this week that he had no problem with Mercedes swinging away 15-4 in the ninth inning on Monday – though Bench added that if he didn’t do this, he would necessarily have ignored a sign from the dugout.
“Just enter competitions. Just play the game. If you don’t want to play the game – if the game is over and you don’t want to play – you lose the game,” said former Reds and current pitcher Trevor Bauer of Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week on his vlog. “Just say, ‘We’re done.’ Expire. Go away. Otherwise, just accept what’s going to happen. “
Some social media reactions, including former Red and current New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone:
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