Twins' Tyler Duffey ejected for throwing at Yermìn Mercedes day after 'controversial' HR

By , Audacy

The Yermìn Mercedes drama took another turn on Tuesday night.

One day after hitting a home run off position player Willians Astudillo on a 3-0 count in the ninth inning of a 15-4 game, the Minnesota Twins decided to seek retribution and threw at the White Sox designated hitter.

In the seventh inning of a game the White Sox were leading 4-2, Tyler Duffey threw a 93 mph fastball behind the rear end of Mercedes.

The 28-year-old gave a quick glare back toward Duffey but stayed near the batter’s box while the home plate umpire walked out to the field to gather with the rest of the crew.

After some deliberation, Duffey and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli were ejected from the game.

Mercedes’ home run on Monday night provoked a debate about the unwritten rules of baseball in which his own manager, Tony La Russa, took exception to him homering on a 47 mph fastball, calling it a “big mistake” that would have its consequences.

The consequences La Russa alluded to appeared to be within the White Sox organization, but the Twins decided to take matters into their own hands on Tuesday.

Of course, many fans roasted La Russa and the idea of unwritten rules continues to be a perplexing aspect of the game.

Now that the Twins got their shot at Mercedes, perhaps this whole saga may finally be over. Although the debate over unwritten rules will surely carry on.

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