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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Davey Martinez erupts, rips out base, over another Trea Turner call on way to first...

Catch up on the last 24 hours while we wait to see if the steam is still coming out of Davey Martinez’s ears today...

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Maybe he had flashbacks to that play in the Game 6 of the 2019 World Series, when Trea Turner was called out for interference on the way to first base on a weak ground ball. It’s understandable. That rule and the way it’s enforced is an absolute joke. This time a wild pitch/strike three created a similar scenario. Turner was called out again, in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, and his manager came out to argue about the call and lost it.

Like, full-on scream a bit, stomp on the base, and pull the first base bag up and kick it, lost it.

Martinez got his money’s worth in this ejection, and forced the grounds crew to come out and replace the first base bag. I mean ... I can’t stop watching this:

Ready for the post game rant?:

“Honestly, I am beside myself now with this whole out of the baseline thing,” Martinez said after the Nationals’ win over the Cubs. “I really am. I think it’s awful. There’s two parts to the rule, I get it. The second part of the rule is a judgement call, for me it’s a bad judgement. Plain and simple. If you want to run on the other side of the line, put the base over there, plain and simple. I tell them that all the time, but if he’s running straight down the line and the catcher makes a bad throw? What do you do? What do you do? He didn’t even run hard and he made it first base, and he’s going to come out and call him out? I’m over it. I really am over it. I’m tired of it.

“I’m going to argue 1,000 times when that happens, I really am. I’m sick of it. You guys saw it. It’s a brutal call. And I’m done hiding it. I really am. I don’t know what they’re going to do about it, but it’s awful. And it wasn’t just today, I’ve seen it go on and on and on. And they need to do something about it. They need to do something about that.”

Go do something about it! I mean, go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Positive COVID Test Stories:

Nationals player tests positive for COVID-19 - (MLB.com)
"The positive test came from the team’s round of testing on Monday. Martinez did not reveal the names of the players, but he said neither of the absences should affect the starting lineup."

Nationals have another covid positive, place two pitchers on IL - (WaPost)
"The Nationals manager says one player tested positive and the other has been deemed a close contact. The player who tested positive had been vaccinated."

Vaccinated Nationals player tests positive for COVID-19 - (Washington Times)
"A vaccinated Washington Nationals player tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning, manager Dave Martinez announced, and one unvaccinated player has been deemed a close contact."

Erick Fedde, Tanner Rainey to IL after Nationals receive positive coronavirus test - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals placed starter Erick Fedde and reliever Tanner Rainey on the injured list Wednesday, less than an hour after manager Davey Martinez announced that one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus and another was considered a close contact..."

Other COVID Stories:

Nationals change mask policy, capacity limits for upcoming home games - (WTOP)
"Beginning Friday, May 21, fully vaccinated attendees will not be required to wear a face mask at games."

Nationals set to open stadium at full capacity June 10 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals announced Wednesday that they plan to open their stadium Nationals Park back to 100% capacity on June 10..."

Nationals lift mask mandate for fully vaccinated fans - (Washington Times)
"Fully vaccinated fans at Nationals Park will no longer be required to wear masks starting Friday, the Washington Nationals announced Wednesday, following D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s relaxed mask mandate issued earlier this week."

Baseball Stories:

Dave Martinez ejected, throws first base - (MLB.com)
"He then channeled his inner-Lou Piniella -- the former short-tempered three-time Manager of the Year..."

Max Scherzer passes Jim Bunning on all-time strikeout list - (MLB.com)
"In the grand scheme of things, though, Scherzer's fourth of eight strikeouts over his five innings on the night moved him past Hall of Famer Jim Bunning and into 19th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout leaderboard as the 2,856th of his career."

Nationals cap a long day with a gritty 4-3 win over Cubs - (WaPost)
"Max Scherzer pitches five mostly effective innings and Brad Hand survives a white-knuckle ninth as Dave Martinez gets tossed in a win at Wrigley."

Davey Martinez throws, kicks first base bag in epic rant at umpire - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Turner nearly beat the throw to first, but it soared wide and he ended up on second base in a key moment of the ballgame — that is, until he was called out for running out of the basepath on his way to first."

Mike Rizzo says Nationals’ offense must be more productive, efficient - (WTOP)
"Speaking with the Sports Junkies on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo admitted the team must be more efficient with the bats in order to start piling up the wins."

Trea Turner isn’t surprised by his home run surge for the Nationals - (WaPost)
"Turner hit his 10th homer on May 17, putting him nine shy of his career-high."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Max Scherzer has returned to vintage form in 2021 - (MLB.com)
"Clubs around the Majors are likely taking notice of his renaissance. Why? Because the Nationals are in last place in the National League East, and Scherzer can become a free agent at the end of the season."

Top prospect performers for May 19 - (MLB.com)
"Nationals: Sterling Sharp, RHP (No. 29), Double-A Harrisburg - Despite spinning his second consecutive quality start, Sharp was stuck with a no-decision for Harrisburg."

NL EAST UPDATES:

J.T. Realmuto still sidelined by hand injury - (MLB.com)
"J.T. Realmuto turned his left hand to reveal the bone bruise at the base of his palm, which sits opposite the thumb."

Jacob deGrom to make rehab start on Thursday - (MLB.com)
"Amid some unfortunate injuries to several starters -- including Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco -- the Mets got some good news regarding injured ace Jacob deGrom."

Why We’re Buying In On Marlins Prospect Jake Eder - (Fish Stripes)
"Few pitchers have done more than Jake Eder to boost their stock in Minor League Baseball’s early going. Just how good could he be?"

Braves prospect Shea Langeliers enters Baseball America’s top 100 - (AJC.com)
"The Braves have another top-100 prospect. Baseball America moved Braves catching prospect Shea Langeliers into its top 100 in its latest update."