Apr 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) lays on the ground after getting hurt on a play at second, as he is attended by a trainer against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Will the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s endure another ugly weekend of beanballs, brawls, and bitter words?
Who knows? Which, of course, is a big reason we watch.
WE JUST DON’T KNOW.
Back in April, Brett Lawrie’s spikes-high slide into Alcides Escobar’s ankle touched off multiple bench-clearing brawls. KC Royals pitchers Yordano Ventura and Kelvin Herrera, two pitchers who throw north of 100 miles per hour, launched beanballs at Lawrie on successive days.
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So with the Royals/A’s tiff now back in the baseball world’s consciousness, it’s a good time to revisit the issue: Was Brett Lawrie’s Slide Dirty?
ESPN.com’s Tim Kurkjian wrote a fantastic piece on the issue of what makes a dirty slide. Of course, the Lawrie incident formed a big part of the story, and Kurkjian found that opinions among players and coaches were divided about the Lawrie/Escobar collision.
Kurkjian, however, discovered a lot of interesting information that applies to this question.
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