Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran have played in the MLB for a long, long time, and the former teammates decided to hug it out on a forceout play in the Astros-Rangers game on Saturday:
Beltre could have stepped on the bag to retire Beltran, but instead opted to trot toward Beltran. It ended in a delightful embrace between old friends who debuted in the league in 1998:
He was trying to tag me, and I had nowhere to go, Beltran told MLB.com’s Sam Butler. So I just ended up giving him a hug for the great career that he had in baseball … just a fun moment.
This should be the standard across all major sports.
If you have the opportunity, hug out the GOATs of your league to let them know your appreciation.
Sometimes sports can be so pure.
In previous iterations of the draft, this might be a spot where a small-market team like the Rays would have worked out a pre-draft deal to save money. While the primary goal of the bonus pools was to shift money from young players to owners, it’s at least a side benefit that the Rays generally get to pick the top player on their board now.
Was this the best player available, though? Depends on which scout you talk to. There are some who question if the tools will ever turn into wins, with others thinking this is as safe of a bet as you can find in the draft. Injuries are always a risk, too, but the potential ceiling is spectacular.
The starting pitcher for the game, for example, was Masato Yoshii. His 5.86 ERA for the season was good for an ERA+ of 99. Completely average once you accounted for park effects.