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Benches cleared when the Blue Jays hit Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch over the scouting-card controversy


The series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays has been dominated by one of the strangest controversies we’ve seen all season. And Wednesday’s final yielded the most predictable result:

A plunge.

The saga began on Monday when Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier picked up and retained a scout card that was dropped by Blue Jays wide receiver Alejandro Kirk in a home plate game. The card obviously contained the entire Blue Jays game plan, and Kiermaier’s open will to take it (and keep it) rocked the entire Blue Jays roster.

So while Tuesday’s game went without any fireworks, it was another story on Wednesday when Kiermaier went home in the eighth inning of a lopsided game.

On the first pitch of the at-bat, Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki hit Kiermaier in the back with a 93 mph lead. Kiermaier – clearly thinking it was intentional – had words for Borucki as he made his way to first base. The benches would also fade as a livid Kevin Cash stepped out to plead for Borucki to get thrown (which he did).

All this on a piece of paper. Baseball can be weird like that.

Of course, Kiermaier’s refusal to return the scout card or his questionable claim that he didn’t realize What that did not ease tensions with the Blue Jays. But it was bad enough to wait two days and pick a place like this to throw on someone – although Borucki denied that he was intentional.

Should Kiermaier have returned the card? I mean, that would have been the right thing to do. But that shouldn’t have sparked a multi-day controversy.

Fortunately, the two teams can move on as this was the last meeting between the Blue Jays and the Rays this regular season. And there’s no way that will come back and be a thing in a possible playoff meeting, is there? LAW?!

Guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

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