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The Miami Marlins cannot stop hitting Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña, and he’s had enough of it.
Acuña and the Marlins have a longstanding rivalry dating back to the days of Jose Ureña. So not all the long ago. But for Acuña, that’s basically the span of his entire big-league career. The Marlins are a division opponent, so they play the Braves superstar frequently. Unfortunately, they also tend to drill him with a baseball every time they see him.
This time, it was Anthony Bender.
Acuña took a couple steps towards the mound, with the umpire getting in the way to bump him back towards the first-base line. Brian Snitker immediately exited his dugout to voice his frustration with the umpiring crew.
Miami Marlins have a bad habit of hitting Ronald Acuña
At some point, this is going to lead to more violence. The Marlins are far out of first place, while the Braves are trying to get back into contention in the NL East. The last thing Atlanta needs is this kind of distraction.
Acuña is bound to wear one a few times during the season. He’s the face of the franchise and one of the best players in all of baseball despite Freddie Freeman’s 2020 NL MVP campaign. His batting stance invited pitches up and in. And the Marlins can always expect a rise out of him.
But this is going too far.