Arizona Diamondbacks’ Madison Baumgarner criticized Washington Nationals player Victor Robles after he admired his home race in the eighth inning with his team’s loss.
Robles, 25, has hit his third home game of the season and the 28th of his career. It made the score 7-2, and Arizona ended up winning by that margin.
But Bumgarner didn’t like that Robles took a few extra seconds to see where Homer would land.
“The Clown,” the four-time All-Star and three-time world champion, told reporters after the match. “No shame. It’s 7-1, you hit your third home of the year, and you act like Barry Bonds is breaking the record. Clean it up. I don’t care about giving up the race. Hell, we won 7-2 or 8-2, whatever it is. It’s frustrating.”
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Bumgarner admitted he was “furious” and said players who like to run at home have not done so in the past.
“I’m the grumpy old man,” said Baumgarner. “I know. But that kind of thing wasn’t happening.” “Now, that’s ridiculous.”
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Robles responded to Baumgarner’s criticism through an interpreter.
“When he’s progressing well, he’s able to party and do what he loves to do,” Robles said via The Washington Post. “He seems to call everyone a clown who’s actually had a lot of success or race against him.” “If he doesn’t want anyone to attack at home or have any problems with that, just hit people or bring the best pitches to where you don’t have to worry about that.”
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Baumgarner went eight rounds, throwing 98 throws against Washington. He allowed to run twice with four hits and hit nine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.