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After Nick Castellanos broke the game open with a grand slam, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt had umpires check his bat.
The grand slam put the Reds up 6-1. As Castellanos rounded the bases, the Cardinals manager let it be known that he had some questions about the slugger’s bat.
What those were remains to be seen — as it could technically be anything from pine tar to a corked bat.
Castellanos hand-delivered his bat to the umpires, who subsequently found nothing wrong with it. Then, in an attempt to troll Shildt, Castellanos gave his bat to a Reds fan in the stands.
Baseball would be lost with Nike Castellanos.
MLB bat pine tar rule
The following is from MLB.com. Castellanos, of course, did not pull a George Brett.
“If pine tar extends past the 18-inch limitation, then the umpire, on his own initiative or if alerted by the opposing team, shall order the batter to use a different bat. The batter may use the bat later in the game only if the excess substance is removed. If no objections are raised prior to a bat’s use, then a violation of Rule 3.02(c) on that play does not nullify any action or play on the field and no protests of such play shall be allowed.”
Castellanos had plenty of fun at Shildt’s expense, and did his best to keep his cool given the moment.
What was wrong with Nick Castellanos’ bat?
Nothing, technically, though it did have a small chip in it. So, essentially, Castellanos hit a grand slam with a broken bat.
For Shildt, it was a last-ditch attempt to keep the game close, especially with the Cardinals going for the series sweep. With a win, the teams would be within a half-game of each other in the standings as the NL Wild Card race is heating up.
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