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Jordany Valdespin isn’t making many friends

May 11, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

Jordany Valdespin AP

Jordany Valdespin has been productive in on-and-off playing time with the Mets this season, memorably hitting home runs in the clutch on April 24 and May 1. Valdespin also plays, as manager Terry Collins describes, “with flair”. The 25-year-old hit a home run in the ninth inning last night against the Pirates and admired his handiwork, though his team was down 7-1 at the time.

The Pirates were none too pleased and Collins seemed to expect them to retaliate this afternoon. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“Now will they throw at [Valdespin]? I have no idea. Fifteen years ago the answer would have been yes. I can’t say that’s going to happen in today’s game. They won the game. I’m sure it’s over with. But, you know, a lot of teams have long memories.”

Valdespin pinch-hit for reliever LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the seventh this afternoon and he was promptly hit with a 94 MPH fastball by Bryan Morris. Despite having been lectured about the ramifications of his on-field actions, Valdespin was noticeably unhappy that he was thrown at, and ended up throwing a fit in the dugout after the inning according to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt.

Is the tradition of throwing at hitters who insult you barbaric? Absolutely. But it is part of the game nevertheless and this isn’t the first time Valdespin has raised eyebrows with his quirky behavior.

.gifs of the homer and the plunking below:

  1. oasiserfede - May 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    So Valdespin hits a homer and gets assaulted the next day. Lovely.

    • chill1184 - May 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      The mental midgets in the NY media are attempting to make it an issue that no one in the dug out stood up for Valdespin which is pathetic (again we are talking about the NY media) and funny. Why because had there been a bench clearing these same moronic dumbasses would be calling the Mets a bunch of thugs.

      • duckthefodgers - May 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Well if he wanted his teammates to back him up he probably should have tweeted those pics of himself wearing a marlins hat.

    • waiverclaim - May 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Remember when Lastings Milledge had his career ruined because he showed that he was happy that he did the hardest thing there is to do in all of pro sports?

      Christ, I hate the media. Let everyone have FUN playing a GAME.

      • mybrunoblog - May 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        Huh? The media ruined Lastings Millidge’s career? His career was derailed by the age old notion of what we like to call “not enough talent”

    • thunderstruck772000 - May 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Hes lucky its not 20 or more years ago that 94 mph fastball would have been in his ear hole and I would’t blame the Bucs you dont disrespect a pitcher like that but he will be a no name back on the farm soon and this and him will be forgotten.

  2. duckthefodgers - May 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Collins must not like Valdespin either. Pinch hitting him in a 10-1 game knowing it was likely he was getting plunked, unlesshe just wanted a for sure baserunner…

    • Kevin S. - May 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Probably figured he could let the Pirates do him a favor and teach Valdespin a lesson.

      • bobulated - May 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Agree with Kevin S. also Collins might have just wanted to get it out of the way and not have it linger.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        On point Kevin. Additionally, the outcome of the game has most likely been decided.
        You take your medicine right away and move on.

  3. thebadguyswon - May 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    There’s two sides of this story. He’s being fucked with by Collins as well.

    There’s a mutiny brewing….Collins remembers what its like I’m sure.

  4. paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Here the thing though….who cares if Valdespin (or anyone) admires a HR for a while while you are kicking their ass? I really couldn’t care less if someone else enjoys it while I am beating them. Adults would ignore such behavior, and tell their kids to ignore such things….unless, of course, it is baseball, in which case you assault the person with a potentially deadly weapon the next day.

    • waiverclaim - May 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Exactly. Beaning anyone on purpose should be a 50 game suspension.

    • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Weeellll, you’d have to kick someone’s ass first, paper.

  5. yanks33 - May 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    He deserved to get beaned…he’s a friggin punk

    • waiverclaim - May 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      No, he doesnt deserve to have his life threatened for doing his damn job.

      You deserved to get beaned for making a punk comment like that.

      • thebadguyswon - May 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Yankees fan. Shocker.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Life threatened? It wasn’t anywhere near his dick.

      • Hunter Pence's Eyes - May 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        I <3 you for that comment, historio.

  6. waiverclaim - May 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Hitting a home run is the hardest thing to do in sports, it should be 100% accepted for a player to be very happy doing the hardest thing there is to do in sports. Compare this to the NBA where they hot dog after shooting an uncontested 3 or block a guys shot who is shorter than they are.

    MLB has the dumbest sense of self out of any game, there’s so many “unwritten rules” of “things you arent supposed to do” but none of those things matter in determining the outcome of the game. Its like MLB thinks all its players are noblemen, defending the honor of fair maidens and their towns and cities. Come off it, its just a bunch of dudes playing a game.

    • eightyraw - May 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      “Hardest thing to do in sports” – what do you have to back up this claim? In baseball, triples occur less frequently, so wouldn’t that make them more difficult to achieve?

      • blacksables - May 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Steal of home.

      • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Perfect game?

      • indaburg - May 12, 2013 at 7:26 AM

        Two grand slams in one game. Even rarer than a perfect game. You best believe I would be admiring that second moon shot if I were to hit it.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Hardest thing to do in sports:
        Find a reasonably priced beer?

  7. randygnyc - May 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    A low rent hbp. It’s not as if valdespin went into 2nd, cleats up. Anyway, Collin’s shoulders the blame here too. Why put it out there that he expects his player to get hit?

  8. andreweac - May 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Shouldn’t more players admire HRs then? Hey, I’d welcome a free vase runner any day of the week. Bruises go away with time.

  9. jerze2387 - May 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    …At least it didnt hit him in the dick again. Although, considering the Valdespin hate, just hitting valdespin anywhere is hitting a dick.

  10. randygnyc - May 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Historio- a no hitter/perfect game is a series of events, usually between 100 and 130. A home run is a one moment event. Sort of like a knock out punch. Hitting a baseball, solidly, has been described as being the most difficult thing in sports. But there are variables. How about if its off Verlander (hard) or the recent doc Holliday (easier) or how about off of me (easy, like RA Dickey). Dunking a basketball is near impossible, for 6 graders. Context matters.

  11. missingdiz - May 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Before baseball (and then the other, lesser sports) came along, young men entertained themselves by fighting. Where I grew up there still were a lot of guys who spent Fri. & Sat. nights fighting. Time has passed, but we’re still talking about young men. Respect is essential. Respect for other players, the other team and, especially, the game. Of course things change. Bob Feller would have plunked all of these guys for pointing to heaven and admiring themselves. Don Drysdale plunked guys just for the hell of it. But a good bit more showing off is OK now. I don’t have a problem with it. But Valdespin crossed the line–where the line is now, not necessarily where I’d want it. It’s a form of communication. The other team is sending you a message. It’s social life. It’s part of the game.

  12. js20011041 - May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Just watched a replay of the pitch. I really enjoyed the fact that the Mets broadcast team was very nonchalant about it. It’s a part of the game. If Valdespin doesn’t want to get hit, he shouldn’t disrespect his opponents. For their part, the Pirates responded appropriately. Morris stayed above the knees but below the shoulders. Aim for the meaty parts to inflict pain but not induce injury.

    I would like the comment on a couple of statesments above. How pussified has this country gotten that people are calling hitting a batter with a pitch, assault? The probability of a player being killed or having his career ended by a pitch is ridiculously small. As in these players have a better chance of dying or suffering serious injury walking down the stairs, driving to work, cooking dinner, or any number of harmless activities, small. Or a laughably better chance at winning the lottery, small.

    This is a soft concept that comes soft people. The same kind of people that want to ban competition in schools because feelings might get hurt. Go back to your bubble and stop contaminating the rest of the world.

  13. ryanw822 - May 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    He threw a fit? What a primadonna.

    Plunk him again.

    • abaird2012 - May 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Yeah, and keep plunking him until he shows some goddam respect!

  14. maritime85 - May 12, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Ooo ouch! 94mph fast ball right in is forearm

  15. louhudson23 - May 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    A bean-ball is a pitch directed at the head(bean)…. beaning or being beaned is a pitch directed at the head which finds it’s target….whatever happened here,it was not a bean-ball nor was anyone beaned….I think it can be inferred that the Mgr. fully expected to see this occur and put some closure on the situation while allowing the player to incur the consequences of his previous actions….there was no support in the dugout because there was no support of his previous actions……his actions were deemed as selfish by his teammates as well as the opponent….

  16. holleywood9 - May 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Pitchers don’t want hitters to “pimp” hrs. Pitch better. Problem solved. And don’t go nuts on the mound after a strikeout then… Isn’t that essentially showing up the hitters?

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