How weird is Major League Baseball? You can watch all 162 games of the regular season, and you will never see anything twice. The game is unpredictable. Scouts are turning to percentages to evaluate players because of this.
Along with the unpredictability, there are enough unwritten rules to fill hundreds of pages in a book. Never bunt when your team is ahead by a substantial amount. Nor should you steal a base if that is the case. Always hustle both on the base paths, and on and off the field. These rules become extremely obscure depending on the situation.
In the fifth inning of Sept. 16. game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kyle Seager and Jared Weaver got into a bit of a spat. Seager was going through his normal routine when stepping in the box. Weaver than took exception to the time Seager was taking. Weaver said something towards Seager, which in turn upset Seager. The center field camera caught Kyle’s reaction. The Mariner third basemen sent expletives directed towards the pitchers mound. The Umpire called time, to try and settle the two players.
Weaver was not entirely done with the situation. Weaver fired an 83 mph fastball into Seager’s armpit. The umpire reacted by ejecting Jared Weaver from the ball game. All because the Angel pitcher did not like how Kyle Seager stepped into the batters box.
Seager responded during the post game chat with the media, “He quit on his team, and I didn’t quit on mine.” Weaver’s comment was ” I don’t even know who that kid is.” Seager has hit 20 or more home runs in his first four full seasons with the Mariners. Kyle was a gold glover and an All-Star in 2014. The Mariners and Angels are division rivals. It would be safe to say that Jared Weaver has heard of Kyle Seager before.
It could be that the veteran Weaver felt disrespected by the way Seager was preparing for the pitch. Even so, Weaver did not act like the more mature veteran in this situation. Both teams are experiencing disappointing 2015 campaigns. Weaver may have shown his frustration, but it still doesn’t make sense as to why he did it the way he did.
On Sunday Sept. 27, Weaver is schedule to pitch against the Mariners in Anaheim. It’s safe to say that I will be tuned into the M’s to see how the first altercation between Seager and Weaver since the incident plays out.