‘I ran late while looking at the ball → hit, not a double’ Command tower anger, eventually replaced with blame

Home run king Marcel Ozuna (32, Atlanta Braves) suffered the humiliation of being replaced during the game.스포츠토토

On the 5th (Korean time), Ozuna started as the designated hitter in the 2023 major league game against Arizona Diamond Bex held at Chase Field, Arizona, California, USA, recorded 1 hit in 1 at bat, and was replaced before completing the game.

He reached base with a walk in the first at-bat he faced from third base unharmed in the second inning when the team was trailing 0–1. A situation where Alvis succeeded in tying the score 3-3 with a two-run gun. Ozuna entered the second at-bat with one out in the top of the 4th inning. Arizona starter Zack Gallen’s 5th pitch hit 93.5 mph fast ball properly. The batted ball went far, and Ozuna looked at it. He seemed to think it was a home run. However, the ball bounced off the fence, and Ozuna, who started late, only landed on first base. Afterwards, he advanced to second base with a wild throw from the opponent, and stepped on third base when Arcia grounded to second base. Harris retired on a shortstop grounder and couldn’t score.

This scene offended the command tower. If Ozuna had run normally, he could have doubled well enough. Then he would have been able to succeed even in the reverse.

As soon as the opportunity was blown, a crisis came. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Marte allowed a comeback two-run four.

Atlanta coach Brian Snicker was furious. He took action right away. Ozuna was removed from the 6th inning with one out and first base, and Sean Murphy was sent as a pinch hitter. In this way, Ozuna digested only one at-bat and retired.

After the match, Fox Sports explained, “Coach Snicker confirmed that Ozuna was removed from the game because he did not show the hustle.”

On this day, Atlanta won 8-5 thanks to Olsen’s timely hit in the 7th inning and Rosario’s total run in the 9th inning.

Ozuna was the best hitter in the league until three years ago. Having signed a one-year contract with Atlanta in 2020, he hit hard with 18 homers, 56 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.067 that year. That year, which was played in a shortened 60-game season, he became the National League home run and RBI leader. Although it was a provisional system, he was also awarded the first Silver Slugger in the National League for his best performance in the year that Gita was introduced for the first time in National League history. After the season, Atlanta signed him to a four-year, $65 million contract.

However, since then, he has had more accidents than his performances. He was arrested for domestic violence in 2021, and caused controversy last year for drunk driving.

And this year, he drew the anger of the fans with his complacent play, not sprinting.

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