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Gabe Kapler tossed by Joe West in one of the quicker ejections you'll see

Gabe Kapler tossed by Joe West in one of the quicker ejections you'll see

#Umpshow.

Joe West had an extremely quick hook for Phillies manager Gabe Kapler in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night. After the Phillies took a two-run lead with back-to-back homers from Maikel Franco and Brad Miller, Scott Kingery was hit by a pitch near his head.

West immediately warned both teams, and the Phillies were clearly miffed. Kapler and a few members of the coaching staff threw their arms up in the air in the dugout as if to ask why they were being warned/penalized for Wilmer Font hitting a batter when the Phillies hadn't gotten into the act themselves. Plus, Font's HBP succeeded two straight home runs, making it ... questionable.

West is well-known for quick hooks, odd calls. He has a reputation, fair or unfair, of too often making it about himself. Kapler was ejected after taking three steps out of the dugout.

There is some history between these two teams which likely had the entire umpiring crew on high alert entering the series. It was just two months ago that Rhys Hoskins slow-trotted around the bases after homering off Jacob Rhame, who had sailed two pitches over Hoskins' head the previous night.

That's twice in the Phillies' last four games that Kapler has been tossed. He was ejected Saturday against the Marlins, also after a play involving Kingery. The umpire ruled Kingery went around on a check swing when he was hit by a pitch.

The fans in the stands wearing Joe West jerseys sure got their money's worth.

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These ugly Cowboys-looking Phillies hats have Philly fans freaking out

These ugly Cowboys-looking Phillies hats have Philly fans freaking out

Remember back on Phillies opening day 2019 when the team used a logo extremely similar to the Dallas Cowboys' star on the jumbotron and everybody freaked out?

Well, it seems we have a reprise of that situation today but in hat form.

We bring these questionable caps to you today via a reddit post aptly titled, "On no.... please god no..." which shows images of a new Philadelphia Phillies hat made by New Era that is currently being sold.

Philly fans absolutely hate it. Not only does it cloesly resemble the Dallas star, it's also just kind of ugly.

the front:

The hat is part of the New Era Elements Collection where they take something smaller from the team's actual logo and make it the main thing on a hat. The Cincinnati Reds used a mustache which is awesome. The Baltimore Orioles' smily bird looks pretty cool.

And then there's this very bad Phillies hat.

It's pretty obvious they are highlighting the star from the middle of the 'P' which is blown up on the front of the cap and featured relatively normal size on the back of the fitted cap, but it's still way too similar to the Dallas Cowboys' star for most in Philadelphia's liking.

The back:

It's unclear if these hats will ever get anywhere near the actual baseball team. Let's hope not.

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Phillies free-agent targets: Josh Donaldson

Phillies free-agent targets: Josh Donaldson

Leading up to baseball’s winter meetings, we will take a daily look at some of the game’s top free agents and how they could potentially impact the Phillies.

Today, we check in on slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson.

The vitals

Donaldson has been one of the game’s premier sluggers the last half-dozen seasons. He’s an above-average defender at third base and an outstanding competitor. He has belted at least 33 homers in four of the last five seasons and led the American League with 123 RBIs in 2015, the year he won the AL MVP for Toronto. He battled injury in 2017 and 2018, signed a one-year, $23 million contract with Atlanta a year ago and went on to prove himself healthy by finishing 11th in the National League MVP voting in 2019. He played 155 games for the Braves and hit .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS.

Why he fits

At a position loaded with sluggers, Donaldson is still one of the best and the Phillies have a big need. Phillies third basemen ranked 24th in OPS (.725) and batting average (.243) and 22nd in homers (23) among big-league clubs in 2019. Donaldson’s fiery style of play would quickly win him fans in Philadelphia.

Why he doesn’t fit

The injury history, coupled with his age — he turns 34 in December — would be a concern on the long-term deal he is seeking, especially when the Phillies have a young third base prospect, Alec Bohm, scheduled to play at Triple A in 2020. Donaldson is one of three big third basemen on the free-agent market with Anthony Rendon and Mike Moustakas. The Phillies have already shown an interest in Moustakas, whose price tag could still allow the team to pump significant resources into pitching.

The price tag

Donaldson jumped quickly at a one-year deal last year. That won’t happen this year. He is said to be looking for at least three years and you have to figure the average annual value will be in the neighborhood of $25 million. If Donaldson keeps producing like he did in 2019, he’d be worth it.

Scout’s take

“He loves to play. And when he’s healthy, he’s a major difference maker. There’s value in that power. The concern for me would be that it’s a long season and he could fit more in the American League because of the DH.”

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