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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

David Price has had no problem calling Major League Baseball on its shortcomings this year.

Earlier this month, the Boston Red Sox pitcher took MLB to task for its ineffectiveness in marketing star African-American players like teammate Mookie Betts. On Wednesday, Price turned his attention to Jackie Robinson Day.

Price did more than just tweet. He told Chris Mason of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune that he spoke to commissioner Rob Manfred and Players' Association director Tony Clark about it.

"I saw Tony Clark when I was eating lunch today and I told him," Price said. "I spoke to Manfred on the phone today. And I told him. That's all I can do."

MLB initiated Jackie Robinson Day in 2004 as a way to commemorate Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, when he broke MLB's color barrier as the league's first African-American player.

Jackie Robinson Day lands on April 15 every year, but as Price points out, only 20 of the league's 30 teams (including the Red Sox) actually played a game on April 15 this year, meaning 10 teams didn't get to participate in the event.

Teams have continued to honor Robinson this week by having every player wear his iconic No. 42 jersey -- the Red Sox and New York Yankees all donned No. 42 on Tuesday night -- but if you ask Price, MLB is doing Robinson's legacy a disservice by giving 10 teams an off day on April 15.

Alex Cora, the Red Sox first-ever minority manager, supported Price's stance.

"Just reading [Price's tweet] and thinking about it, it makes sense to play that day, everybody plays," Cora told the Eagle-Tribune. "The league will take a look at it and maybe he’s right about this and the league will make an adjustment. It’s a special day for everybody so I think, in my opinion, yes he’s right about that."

Wednesday evening, MLB responded to Price's concerns in a statement:

Elsewhere in Jackie Robinson Day controversies, Budweiser removed an ad titled, "This Bud's For Jackie" this week after receiving harsh blowback.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. channels 'inner Bo Jackson' to make dazzling catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. channels 'inner Bo Jackson' to make dazzling catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. probably won't be hitting 475-foot-home runs anytime soon, and he certainly won't be pursuing a second career as an NFL running back.

But the Boston Red Sox outfielder does have a little Bo Jackson in him.

Here's Bradley going airborne in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins to make an insane catch that's even more difficult than it looks:

The Red Sox went on to lose 3-2 in a 17-inning marathon, but after the game, Bradley admitted to attempting a Bo Jackson impression as he slammed into the centerfield wall.

Jackson, one of the best athletes of all time and a dual-sport star for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Raiders, famously defied gravity by literally running up the outfield wall after a highlight-reel catch:

Bradley obeyed most of the laws of physics here, but his catch arguably was impressive in that he snagged the ball in midair while crashing into the wall.

The 29-year-old may have his struggles at the plate -- he's hitting .213 through 66 games this season -- but Tuesday's catch was another reminder that he's one of the best defensive outfielders (and pure athletes) in baseball.

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Here's the rule that had Alex Cora hopping mad -- until he realized the umpires hadn't gotten it wrong after all

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Here's the rule that had Alex Cora hopping mad -- until he realized the umpires hadn't gotten it wrong after all

Alex Cora needed to be separated from home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak by coaches after Tuesday night/Wednesday morning's marathon 17-inning loss to the Twins, but it only took one look at the replay for the manager to admit he was wrong.

Cora and other members of the Red Sox, most notably right-hander Rick Porcello, were incensed after Eddie Rosario fouled off a bunt attempt with one out in the 17th. Catcher Sandy Leon immediately pointed at the batter's suggesting Rosario had stepped out before making contact, which would have been an automatic out.

Cora asked Rehak to consult with the rest of the crew and third base umpire Mark Wegner agreed that no violation had occurred. Cora complained bitterly before Rosario doubled the winning run to third. Two batters later, the Twins prevailed on Max Kepler's walk-off single.

Only after the game did Cora realize that Rosario, who had slid to the front of the box while awkwardly trying to bunt against the shift, didn't actually do anything illegal.

"I want to apologize to the umpires," Cora told reporters in Minnesota. "Obviously, emotions take over. I look at the replay, and Eddie wasn't off the batter's box. They did an outstanding job for how long (the game) was. Just one of those, it's tough to swallow. You see it and the emotions take over, but it was out of character. That was my fault."

Rule 6.06 (a) states that a batter is out for illegal action if, "he hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter's box." Upon video review, the left-handed Rosario's front foot clearly does not leave the box until after the ball leaves his bat. At the moment of contact, his heel is on the line.

So, Cora did the right thing and apologized.

"I look on the video and he wasn't," Cora told reporters. "They were right and I was wrong."

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