Joe Girardi pulled a Billy Martin on Saturday.
No, not by getting fired and immediately rehired. But an ejection led to a classic blow up from the Yankees’ skipper.
After some jawing back and forth with the home plate umpire on balls and strikes in the fifth inning of Sunday’s Rays-Yankees matchup, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild got ejected.
Girardi followed soon after, and got his money’s worth.
It’s funny. When Harper hit the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, stardom seemed inevitable. Few prep ballplayers have attracted as much hype, from David Clyde to Ken Griffey Jr. to Alex Rodriguez. But Harper’s career has been mixed. Aside from his 2015 MVP season, he’s dealt with injuries and provided solid but unspectacular play. He could be the next Reggie Jackson. Or he could be the next Fred Lynn. It’s still too soon to tell.
Meanwhile, Trout has rarely operated at less than peak Basketball Jerseys form, averaging 9.4 WAR per 650 plate appearances for his career. Baseball-Reference.com rates 8 WAR as an MVP-caliber season. Not surprisingly, Trout has finished first or second in MVP voting every season but 2011. He’ll turn 26 in August and is already better sabermetrically than several Hall of Famers. Barring catastrophe, his enshrinement is only a matter of time.