Kirk Gibson would like to have a private conversation with disgraced slugger Ryan Braun.
The Arizona Diamondbacks manager said Sunday that “cheaters” like Braun rob other players of opportunities for moments such as his pinch-hit home run during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. The Milwaukee Brewers star apologized for “mistakes” but has yet to publicly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs.
“If I get a chance to see Braun, I’ve got a question for him right to his face, you know?” Gibson said. “Is he about rehearsed (enough) by now, you think? About ready to come out? He’s probably practicing at the theater school somewhere. Just you look at how things like that can influence people’s opportunities and an opportunity to do something like that.”
TORRE: MLB WORKING TO REGAIN FANS’ TRUST
Joe Torre believes Major League Baseball is working on winning back fans’ trust when it comes to cleaning up its reputation regarding performance-enhancing drugs.
“Baseball needs to get the fans’ trust back again, and we’re doing everything we can to make that happen,” the MLB executive vice president told The Associated Press while attending the Little League World Series. “It doesn’t say it’s going to be a smoothly paved road. It’s going to be bumpy. We just feel we’re making headway.”
Torre said there was not much more he could say regarding the 14 players recently suspended in the Biogenesis scandal.
HAPP, COBB TALK INJURIES
Having both come back from scary head injuries, J.A. Happ and Alex Cobb got together at the stadium where they both got hurt.
The pitchers had texted each other since getting hurt, but on Sunday they met reporters before Toronto played at Tampa Bay.
“I think the key thing is we were both able to come back,” said Happ, who allowed two runs over 5 innings in his return to Tropicana Field on Saturday night, a 6-2 victory for the Blue Jays.
It was Happ’s third start since returning from the disabled list. He suffered a skull fracture and sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after getting hit with a liner by Desmond Jennings on May 7.
Cobb made his first big league start in two months on Thursday, giving up one run over five innings in the Rays’ 7-1 victory over Seattle. The right-hander suffered a concussion after being struck on the right ear on a liner by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15.
“Not too many people know what you’re going through on a personal level,” Cobb said. “I think both of us, when we got back out there, it was kind of a normal feeling.”
Mike Trout left the Angels’ game against the Astros in the sixth inning with a tight hamstring. … The Mets placed right-hander Jenrry Mejia on the 15-day disabled list after he left Saturday’s start because he experienced pain in his surgically repaired elbow. … The Braves changed their rotation for their upcoming series at the Mets after they had to use Kris Medlen in relief during Saturday night’s 15-inning game. Medlen was scheduled for Tuesday’s opener. Instead, Brandon Beachy will move up one day to start Tuesday. Alex Wood moves up to Wednesday’s start.