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Felipe Lopez benched for not hustling

Apr 23, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

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Felipe Lopez was pulled from last night’s game against the Blue Jays after failing to run out a ground ball in the 11th inning. It’s the second time this week that Lopez didn’t hustle to first base.

Rays manager Joe Maddon tells Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that Lopez is benched for today’s game as a form of punishment, but that the matter is resolved.

“He was great,” Maddon said. “I explained to him everything, he understood, he was not upset. I just want him to understand that’s how we do things here, and I’ve talked to him about it before. For us to be repeat AL East champs we’ve got to play the game a certain way, and that’s it.”

This is actually the second time Lopez has been benched by Maddon. He also took a seat after flipping his bat in the direction of the mound following a home run off White Sox left-hander Chris Sale on April 9.

Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome pretty much everywhere he goes, hence him being forced to take a minor league deal this winter, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets the boot once Evan Longoria returns from the disabled list.

  1. sknut - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Once a dog always a dog. Some guys just never learn and waste their talent.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    If he had hustled, he would have been safe. Many years ago he was a promising Toronto farm hand. I wish that the Jays had traded him and kept Michael Young instead.

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Go to hell, Felipe. It’s such a disgrace to the game and everyone involved when a man making tons of money doesn’t hustle out a ground ball when just about every baseball lover would give anything to play the game and actually give a damn. You’d think a guy like him (averaging 9 HRS and 40 RBI a year) would be busting it every chance he got but time and time again he’s proven to be deadbeat.

  4. pisano - Apr 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Maybe being around Manny made the wrong impression on him, I’m just sayin

  5. JBerardi - Apr 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    “Lopez has a history of wearing out his welcome pretty much everywhere he goes, hence him being forced to take a minor league deal this winter, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets the boot once Evan Longoria returns from the disabled list.”

    Which, by the way, cost the Red Sox a top-50 draft pick. Is there no limit to your perfidy, Felipe Lopez?!

  6. micker716 - Apr 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    If you are going to be an underachieving, lazy a-hole, you better be talented or at least useful. Felipe is neither anymore. This is further proof that the Ray’s are no longer a serious contender. Playoff teams don’t waste valuable roster space with a POS like Felipe Lopez.

  7. Elwood Larf - Apr 23, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    I don’t get it. I remember reading an article when Lopez was getting his first shot at shortstop in Cincinnati toward the end of Barry Larkin’s career. Larkin was always one of my favorite players and I love watching him on MLB network today. Joe Morgan he ain’t. But Larkin was saying way back when how good he thought Lopez was and how he would be the Reds’ shortstop of the future. And Lopez did have some good seasons. I thought his bad reputation in Washington was maybe a product of poorly-concealed frustration with how bad the team was. But right now he’s lucky he even on a team good as the Rays, even if they take a step back this year. What a tool. He belongs on the White Sox.

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