Major League Baseball investigating Pillar's apparent use of homophobic slur

Major League Baseball investigating Pillar's apparent use of homophobic slur

Major League Baseball investigating Pillar's apparent use of homophobic slur

The Atlanta Braves placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday after an MRI and CT scan revealed a nondisplaced left wrist fracture.

The Blue Jays issued their own statement on Thursday saying they are "extremely disappointed" by Pillar's comments and apologised to all fans, Major League Baseball and the LGBTQ community.

Nerves will be on edge Thursday when the Atlanta Braves try for a sweep of a four-game, home-and-home interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves are upset about potentially losing Freeman for a while and what happened late in their 8-4 victory Wednesday. "It's part of the game, it's just, I'm a competitive guy and heat of the moment". Heading into the 2016 season, Pillar possessed a.303 on-base percentage and swung at 40.9% of the pitches he saw that were outside of the strike zone (the league average is 30.9%).

Pillar admitted after the game that his actions following Motte's quick pitch were "uncalled for".

Going by both counting numbers and advanced analytics, Freeman is on pace to have the greatest season of any Atlanta Brave hitter, which is saying something considering that Hank Aaron and Chipper Jones played here, and one of the 50 or so best by any hitter ever.

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Home runs (14) - tied for first. "I'm going to do everything I can to get back as soon as I can".

"He was just trying to get me out", Freeman said.

Pillar apologized after the game but did not give any indication as to what he actually said to Motte. "Don't let it define me".

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman reacts after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Atlanta.

"This is not who I am and I will use this as an opportunity to better myself".

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The issue with Pillar's candidacy for the lead-off position was his lack of ability at getting on base. "There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that's no excuse". In 2012, former Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar received a three-game suspension from the team after he played a game with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black stickers.

"We will make sure it's thoughtful and something that can have a significant impact", Atkins said.

However, O'Flaherty had some strong words for Bautista after the game.

The Braves' Jace Peterson said something to Bautista at first base, and catcher Kurt Suzuki also had words for Bautista when he reached home.

As much as I would hate to see him suspended for selfish reasons as a Blue Jays fan, I'm glad that baseball is taking this stance with these incidents, especially when they are caught on camera.

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