Hit the showers! 6 of MLB's weirdest ejections

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Hit the showers! 6 of MLB's weirdest ejections

Almost three weeks ago, Adrian Beltre was ejected from a game against the Marlins for one of the most hilariously odd reasons imaginable: After umpire Gerry Davis ordered him to stand on the on-deck circle, he just went and dragged the on-deck circle to where he was already standing.

Alas, much as we do appreciate Beltre and his wide variety of shenanigans, that wasn't even the most bizarre way a player or manager has gotten the heave-ho. And to prove it, allow us to present six of the very weirdest ejections of all-time -- yes, even weirder than a man dragging an on-deck circle halfway across foul territory.

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Miller to be activated from DL on Friday

Miller to be activated from DL on Friday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Miller has shouldered a heavy load for the Indians since joining the team last summer. Cleveland is hoping that his recent stint on the shelf not only helped him get over the right knee issue that had been ailing him but also allowed him to take a deep breath.

Come Friday in Kansas City, Miller is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list, following a 16-day down period due to patellar tendinitis in his knee. The big lefty completed a one-inning Minor League rehab appearance with Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday night with no issues.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's Ramirez leaves after being hit on arm

Tribe's Ramirez leaves after being hit on arm

MINNEAPOLIS -- Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez exited the opener of Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins after being hit on the right arm by a pitch. The extent of the injury is not immediately known.

In the second inning of Game 1 of the split twin bill, Ramirez tried to move out of the way of a Kyle Gibson fastball, which tailed inside and struck the batter in the right forearm. Ramirez jogged a few steps up the first-base line, but then dropped to a knee and was quickly met by head athletic trainer James Quinlan and manager Terry Francona.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Inbox: Who will lead the 2018 Top 100 list?

Inbox: Who will lead the 2018 Top 100 list?

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has done nothing but hit since entering pro ball as a second-round pick last year. He batted .427/.451/.732 in 22 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League during his debut, and he's raking at a .372/.433/.570 clip between two Class A stops in his first full season. Bichette is just 19, yet he leads the Minors in hitting, 15 points ahead of Yankees first baseman Garrett Cooper.

It has been 51 years since a teenager won the Minor League batting championship. The last one was Phillies outfielder Gil Torres, who hit .365 for a Class A Spartanburg club that went 91-35 and featured six future big leaguers, most notably Larry Bowa. Torres topped out in Double-A and batted just .254 in the remaining five years of his career.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'What is that?' Slowest pitch in MLB a doozy

Red Sox reliever thriving with baseball's slowest pitch

'What is that?' Slowest pitch in MLB a doozy

It was a sweltering July night in Arlington and Red Sox pitcher Fernando Abad was eating innings. His team was leading the Rangers, 8-2, in the sixth, and everyone around him was dreaming of the air-conditioned clubhouse.

Adrian Beltre, Abad's former Dominican Republic teammate at this year's World Baseball Classic, stood with his bat gripped high and his closed stance hulking over the plate. Abad threw an 83-mph changeup for a called strike one, then loaded and fired again, whipping his left arm forward at the same speed as the pitch before.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Dodgers need to enjoy magical ride

Dodgers need to enjoy magical ride

Lately, there's a ridiculously silly narrative going around that if the Dodgers do not win the 2017 World Series, this magical season will be some kind of failure. This is dumb beyond our usual threshold.

Let's be clear: It will be hugely disappointing if the Dodgers do not get to the World Series for the first time since 1988.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Lefty's 37 percent strikeout rate is third best from starter ever

How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant in his first season with Boston, putting himself in position not only to claim the American League Cy Young Award, but to garner real support in the AL Most Valuable Player Award conversation as well. It's not exactly news he's been great, of course; you don't surrender Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and more for a pitcher who hasn't already proven his brilliance.

But there's a difference between being "very good," as Sale was with Chicago in 2016, and "historically good," as he's been with Boston this year. How, exactly, does a pitcher who was already elite get that much better?

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perkins' return from DL gives Twins' 'pen a lift

Club will be careful in usage of former All-Star

Perkins' return from DL gives Twins' 'pen a lift

MINNEAPOLIS -- When left-hander Glen Perkins strolled into the Twins' clubhouse Thursday morning, he saw something he hadn't seen in 16 months -- his name on the lineup sheet.

Prior to a twin bill with the Tribe at Target Field, Minnesota reinstated Perkins from the disabled list. Perkins hasn't pitched with the Twins since April 11, 2016, after undergoing left shoulder labrum surgery. His return to the big league roster exemplifies his perseverance during a lengthy path back to the club.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baez, Cubs excited for Players Weekend fun

Baez, Cubs excited for Players Weekend fun

PHOENIX -- Most Cubs fans can identify who "Snake," "Addy," "Zorilla," and "Stropy" are on the team. But when the Cubs play the Phillies later this month, fans will be introduced to "El Mago," a.k.a. the magician, Javier Baez.

• Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

Yanks slugger joins Cespedes as only players to reach that level in a game

Judge hits 117-mph rocket into 3rd deck at Citi

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge would prefer not to talk about his own homers, and when pressed on the issue, he swears that all of them feel pretty much the same. While that's probably true, anyone who witnessed his most recent blast is not likely to forget it.

Playing in his first career game at Citi Field, Judge reached a seating area that few players have, crushing his American League-leading 37th homer into the left-field third deck in the Yankees' 5-3 Subway Series victory over the Mets.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs fan proposes to Bryant (he's married)

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Cubs fan proposes to Bryant (he's married)

Here at Cut4, we love witnessing life-long dreams come true. We've told the story of a couple whose love for baseball cards actually saved a life, and who could forget the time a Little Leaguer fulfilled his dream of recording the final out of the season. 

Recently, a young Cubs fan fulfilled her (and many others') dream of proposing to Kris Bryant during a visit with Advocate Health Care.

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LL alum Mozeliak embraces Williamsport event

LL alum Mozeliak embraces Williamsport event

BOSTON -- As a former Little League player and advocate for using Major League Baseball's platform to grow the game, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was one of the first within the organization to embrace the idea of having the Redbirds play in a game tied to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

It's an idea that was first brought to Mozeliak by Pirates president Frank Coonelly late last year and one that served as the foundation for what will be Sunday's Little League Classic between the two National League Central teams. They'll play at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field (6 p.m. CT) to cap a day that will also include visits with teams participating in the Little League World Series.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

BOSTON -- In what is shaping up as an August to remember for the red-hot Red Sox, Mookie Betts belted a two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 5-4 win that stunned the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The low liner off the Green Monster was the capper of a three-run surge, giving the Red Sox their ninth walk-off win of the season, and fourth in their last nine home victories.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

Deals not done: A guide to waiver trades

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is considered the height of the summer transaction season, but trades do not stop on July 31. However, in order to deal a player on its 40-man roster after that date, a team must go through the waiver system.

Just last season, Carlos Ruiz (Phillies to Dodgers), Marc Rzepczynski (A's to Nationals), Coco Crisp (A's to Indians) and Fernando Salas (Angels to Mets) were among the players dealt in August. On occasion, there is also a major trade during the waiver period. For example, on Aug. 25, 2012, the Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off the massive nine-player swap that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

16 teams vying for LLWS championship

Annual youth tournament begins Thursday

16 teams vying for LLWS championship

Youth baseball returns to its roots this week as the 71st Little League World Series begins on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of fans will flock to Willamsport, Pa., the birthplace of Little League Baseball.

The players on the field are just 11-12 years old, but their dreams are as big as their Major League counterparts. In fact, many of them have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including Cody Bellinger (Chandler, Ariz.), Todd Frazier (Toms River, N.J.) and Jonathan Schoop (Willemstad, Curacao).

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Mike McCormick is an editorial director for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yas! LA adds walk-off rally to dream season

Yas! LA adds walk-off rally to dream season

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig's two-run double in the ninth capped a three-run rally as the Dodgers added another chapter to their magical season with a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, completing a four-game season sweep of the Interleague set.

The Dodgers improved their Major League-best record to 85-34 and have not lost a series since June 5-7 and have won 50 of their last 59 games. Cody Bellinger's one-out pinch-hit single started the rally, and Logan Forsythe followed with a double to bring Bellinger home, cutting the lead to 4-3. Austin Barnes' single put runners on the corners, and Puig ended an eight-pitch at-bat with a game-winning knock that gave the Dodgers their MLB-leading 10th walk-off win.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Lackey nets his 1st steal -- and gets picked off

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Lackey nets his 1st steal -- and gets picked off

The Cubs' John Lackey has accomplished many things during his 15-year career. He's been an All-Star, earned Cy Young Award votes, won a World Series Game 7 and helped three teams take home championships. However, he had never stolen a base ... until Wednesday night against the Reds.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Lackey singled to center off Homer Bailey. Unsurprisingly, the Reds chose not to hold him at first base. Then, with Bailey staring down Ben Zobrist on an 0-1 count, Lackey bolted.

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Leader Watch: Red Sox walk-offs proving key

Team leads AL with 9 as it tries to hold off Yankees in East

Leader Watch: Red Sox walk-offs proving key

The Red Sox and Yankees, who haven't finished 1-2 in the American League East since 2009, are back at the top of the division standings -- Boston first, New York second and in the first AL Wild Card spot. With every game important as the two longstanding rivals jockey for playoff position in the season's final two months, the Red Sox got a big, 5-4 win on Wednesday.

The Red Sox were down, 4-2, to the Cardinals entering the ninth inning at Fenway Park, three outs from seeing their lead in the East trimmed to 3 1/2 games. The Yanks had just beaten the Mets, 5-3, in a Subway Series contest at Citi Field.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra eats fan's sunflower seeds after foul ball

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Parra eats fan's sunflower seeds after foul ball

It's always nice to share your food at the ballpark, especially when the players are involved. Don Mattingly proved this most famously in 1992 with a young fan's popcorn, and the Brewers' Orlando Arcia did the same with some ice cream back in July.

So, with his Rockies already far ahead in the sixth inning en route to a 17-2 win on Wednesday over the Braves, Gerardo Parra decided to take a page from Mattingly's book. After all, he was in the middle of a terrific 3-for-4 game and played a pivotal role in scoring several runs. That's worthy of a reward.

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Rox rout Braves, take lead for NL Wild Card

Rox rout Braves, take lead for NL Wild Card

DENVER -- The Rockies' bats woke up with a vengeance Wednesday night against the Braves.

After scoring three or fewer runs in eight straight games, the Rockies beat the Braves, 17-2, jumping on opposing starter Mike Foltynewicz, who allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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HR streak halted, but Stanton eyes 62

Marlins slugger hopes to pass benchmarks set by Ruth, Maris

HR streak halted, but Stanton eyes 62

MIAMI -- His pursuit to homer in seven straight games ended on Wednesday afternoon, but Giancarlo Stanton ultimately has a bigger number in his sights -- 62.

After collecting a pair of singles in four at-bats in the Marlins' 8-1 win over the Giants at Marlins Park, the hottest power hitter in the game made it clear he would like to pass benchmarks previously set by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Altuve, Goldy thinking playoff races, not MVP races

Star players focused on team accomplishments, not individual

Altuve, Goldy thinking playoff races, not MVP races

HOUSTON -- In the heat of playoff races, the Most Valuable Player Award is the last thing on players' minds.

"Only thing that would mean is we probably made the playoffs," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "So that would have some meaning. Beyond that, it's not something that's on my mind at all."

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Calhoun's HR keeps Angels in WC lead

Calhoun's HR keeps Angels in WC lead

WASHINGTON -- Ricky Nolasco looked like his recent self in the first inning, giving up a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman. But the righty then settled down for one of his best starts over the past two months, not allowing another run over 5 2/3, and the Angels offense took advantage.

After Luis Valbuena got the Angels on the board with a solo shot off Nationals starter Tanner Roark in the fifth, Kole Calhoun belted a two-run homer in the sixth to push the Angels to a 3-2 win.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Angels on Wednesday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Kershaw pleased with 2-inning sim game

Kershaw pleased with 2-inning sim game

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw's return the Dodgers took another step forward on Wednesday with a 38-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium.

Five hours before newly acquired righty Yu Darvish made his home debut against the White Sox, Kershaw tossed a few warm-up pitches in the Dodgers' bullpen and then took the mound with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, manager Dave Roberts and general manager Farhan Zaidi watching closely. Yasmani Grandal caught Kershaw as Chase Utley, Joc Pederson and Rob Segedin stood in for two innings against the ace lefty.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon's RBI keeps Royals close in WC race

Gordon's RBI keeps Royals close in WC race

OAKLAND -- Alex Gordon hit his second RBI single of the game in the ninth to lead the Royals to a 7-6 series-winning victory over the A's on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum and keep Kansas City 1/2 game back of the second American League Wild Card spot.

"I was trying to drive him in, but I was also trying to get him over any way I could. I went up there with the mindset to maybe possibly bunt," Gordon said. "When I got to two strikes, I was trying to feel it [to the right side], and he threw me a slider that was a good pitch to hit."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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JBJ's mad dash home all part of the plan

Bradley thought ahead of time about scoring game-winner from first on ball to the wall

JBJ's mad dash home all part of the plan

BOSTON -- Moments before Jackie Bradley Jr. was off to the races to complete Wednesday's wild 5-4 victory over the Cardinals, his mind started racing with anticipation.

And he wanted third-base coach Brian Butterfield to know exactly what he was thinking.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

MLB's past, future displayed in Votto's game

MLB's past, future displayed in Votto's game

CHICAGO -- Rest easy, Ted Williams. Joey Votto didn't catch you. Not this time, anyway.

The Cubs held Votto to a first-inning single on Wednesday night, ending his streak of reaching base at least twice in a game at 20, one short of the record Williams set in 1948. But at age 33, with his status as one of the best (and smartest) hitters of his generation secure, time remains on Votto's side.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rizzo's slam, walk-off WP send Cubs past Reds

Rizzo's slam, walk-off WP send Cubs past Reds

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo smacked a grand slam in the first inning and Javier Baez scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in a wild ninth on Wednesday night to lift the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Reds.

With the game tied at 6 in the ninth, Baez doubled to lead off against Wandy Peralta. Pinch-hitter Jon Jay walked, and Ben Zobrist then trotted to first after being hit by a pitch. But first-base umpire Chris Conroy said Zobrist had shown bunt, which prompted an argument from Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected. Zobrist then grounded out, advancing both runners.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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