Sean Manaea is the best pitching prospect in the pipeline for the Oakland A’s, but when you’re a rookie, you’re gonna get knocked around a bit no matter your pedigree. For example: He put a pitch into the middle of the zone against Hanley Ramirez this evening in Boston, and the converted first baseman/proud dirt owner sent it way over the Green Monster. It may have even left the arena if not for that tower.
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The dinger screamed off his bat at 113 MPH and was projected to go 468 feet, which makes it the longest of the season for the Red Sox by a significant margin. It’s the second-longest donger of the year behind Giancarlo Stanton’s murderous shot last weekend.
Look what happens when you mess with a man’s dirt.