Elly De La Cruz got the last laugh Wednesday night, but Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wants her to tone it down a bit.
The Nats had the Cincinnati Reds rookie phenom’s bat checked during his second-inning at-bat, as there was a tracking device on it.
The referees told him to remove it, even though it was legal, but De La Cruz got his satisfaction.
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In his next at-bat, he hit a 455-foot home run and didn’t let the Nats’ bench forget what they did earlier.
De La Cruz turned to face the Nationals dugout and pointed to the knob on his bat, which had the device on it, as part of his taunt.
Martinez says that De La Cruz should have kept it moving.
«I love the way he plays, but I didn’t like his antics after he hit the home run. We can do without that. He only has two weeks in the big leagues. But he’s going to be a good player.» Martinez said after the game.
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The World Series-winning manager said he was fine with the device when umpires deemed it legal, saying he wasn’t «trying to penalize» De La Cruz or the Reds.
However, Martinez was a little off-kilter in his words about De La Cruz: He has a month in the big leagues and he’s making the most of it.
The Reds are 21-6 since calling up their top prospect, who is hitting .318 with an .892 OPS since joining the majors. In his 15th MLB game, he hit for the cycle.
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Cincinnati is one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season, as they lead the NL Central with a 48-39 record. They defeated the Nats, 9-2, thanks to De La Cruz’s 3-of-6 night.
De La Cruz certainly brings a new flavor to the diamond, and it’s certainly working for the Reds.