Caught Looking, 7/30: Sometimes, there is crying in baseball
By JOHN DORN
If you respect the opinion of Tom Hanks, then you're probably none too pleased with Mets infielder Wilmer Flores today.
Between the hours of 9 and 11 p.m. ET, the 23-year-old was a Met, then a Brewer, then a Met again -- but he was the only one looped out of the updates.
In the middle of New York's game against the San Diego Padres, several reporters verified a trade as "done," sending Flores and injured teammate Zach Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets were to receive All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez, boosting them into closer contention with the Washington Nationals in the NL East race.
But Mets manager Terry Collins never removed Flores from the game -- a customary action when players are rumored to be in pending trades. It got ugly.
Flores, who signed with the Mets organization at 16 years old, was visibly emotional at his shortstop position. Considering the situation, it's hard to blame him.
He was eventually pulled in the ninth inning, but after the game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson revealed yet another plot twist.
Just like that, the trade was off. And Flores was a Met again after all.
Collins contested he was never made aware of a trade. Which hard to believe -- and either implies dishonesty or a complete lack of communication through the organization.
As for Flores? Well, he'll be at the park on Thursday afternoon. He is on the team, after all.
Oh, and by the way, the Mets lost. By a lot.
Padres 7, Mets 3
Giants 5, Brewers 0
Brewer Martin Maldonado tweeted, then deleted, this photo when Carlos Gomez was alerted that he was heading to the Mets. His reaction was... slightly different than Flores'. Looking at the standings, it's easy to tell why. The tweet was later deleted, just like the trade.
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 2
So Wednesday was Troy Tulowitzki's first game as a Blue Jay. It turned out alright.
The shortstop was a triple shy of the cycle, launching a home run somewhere into the solar system. Toronto definitely won't have a problem putting runs on the board.
Tigers 2, Rays 1
Nah, coach. No need to tell Justin Verlander what to do. Tampa managed to get just one run across, resulting in a Detroit victory.
Indians 12, Royals 1
Yes, the Indians hit quite a few home runs on Wednesday. It results in an 11-run victory.
Dodgers 10, Athletics 7
This is Yasiel Puig. He 's good at hitting baseballs. He's also good at looking great while doing it. Also: His mom was at the game!
Rangers 5, Yankees 2
Not only did Texas win the game, but they acquired one of the best pitchers on the trade market in a deal with the Phillies for Cole Hamels, shaping them up for a playoff push in the West.
Even more scores!
- Pirates 10, Twins 4
- Cubs 3, Rockies 2
- Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 2
- Orioles 2, Braves 0
- White Sox 9, Red Sox 2
- Nationals 7, Marlins 2
- Astros 6, Angels 3
- Reds 1, Cardinals 0
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