Whit Merrifield

Whit Merrifield

2B - TOR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195 lbs
Age: 33
College: South Carolina
Toronto Blue Jays

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The ScoreTwins' Baldelli livid after 'pathetic' obstruction call gives Jays win

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli didn't hold back following the controversial finish to his team's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.In the top of the 10th, Twins left fielder Tim Beckham appeared to easily throw out Toronto's Whit Merrifield at home plate to end the inning. But replay officials overturned it, ruling that catcher Gary Sanchez violated the obstruction rule by not giving Merrifield a lane to score.Baldelli was incensed by the ruling, throwing his hat during a futile argument with umpires. Meanwhile in Minnesota... #NextLevel @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/vjQFUWilDc Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 7, 2022 An irate Baldelli directed most of his postgame anger toward the replay officials for what transpired."In all of baseball, the thousands and thousands of games and plays at home where the catcher actually does block the plate over and over and over again, that play has virtually never been called," Baldelli said, per Bally Sports North. "And for someone to step in in that situation and (decide) someone was blocking the plate - that's beyond embarrassing for our game, for all the players out there on both sides of the field working their ass off for the entire game, it's completely unacceptable."He added: "It's one of the worst moments I think we've seen of umpiring in any game I've ever been a part of in baseball, and I think it was pathetic."Crew chief Alan Porter said Sanchez "violated the home-plate collision rule," adding "that the runner was safe," according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. Umpires didn't offer Baldelli an explanation."I wasn't given an explanation because, truthfully, there's no explanation to give on that play," he said, according to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com. "That was probably one of the most chickenshit things I've ever seen on a baseball field."Sanchez was also perplexed by the ruling and was adamant he left a lane for Merrifield."I think they probably made a mistake on that call. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary other than what I always do," the catcher said, according to Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I didn't do anything different. I think it was a clean play."Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider had a different view of the controversial play."The rules are the rules," Schneider said, according to Longley. Manager John Schneider praised Merrifield for "sliding correctly" into home.Merrifield said he knew how Sanchez receives balls at home, particularly in terms of blocking the lane, so he "tried to slide in straight as best I could." Big decision on the fly. #BlueJays Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 7, 2022 The win was the Blue Jays' 60th of the season and gave them a series split in Minnesota.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

The ScoreJays drop another game to Twins after losing Springer to IL

The Toronto Blue Jays lost their second game in a row to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday after placing outfielder George Springer on the injured list with elbow inflammation earlier in the day.Toronto recalled infielder Otto Lopez in a corresponding move.Deadline acquisition Whit Merrifield started in center field for Saturday's 7-3 loss. He went 1-for-3 before Raimel Tapia pinch hit for the utility man in the eighth inning and took over defensively the following frame.Merrifield also started in center Friday against the Twins. He eventually moved to second base, and Bradley Zimmer took over at Springer's natural position.Springer has gotten regular maintenance days off since late July with the elbow ailment. The 32-year-old initially underwent tests for elbow discomfort in late June. He is slated to receive an anti-inflammatory injection as treatment within the next 24 hours.The four-time All-Star is hitting .251/.331/.464 with 18 homers and 10 steals while appearing in 89 of 107 games in 2022. This is Springer's first time on the IL this season, and the move is retroactive to Aug. 5.Springer hasn't appeared in center field since July 28, acting as the designated hitter in two games since then.Lopez, 23, has played one contest at the major-league level this year but hasn't made a plate appearance. He's hitting .267/.357/.424 with three homers and 10 steals in 23 games with Triple-A Buffalo.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022

ESPNMerrifield gets vaccinated; OK to play in Toronto

Whit Merrifield said Thursday that he has received the COVID-19 vaccination, clearing the way for him to be able to play home games for his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Source: ESPN
Thursday, Aug 4, 2022

Sports IllustratedWhit Merrifield Says He s Now Vaccinated After Trade to Blue Jays

The two-time All-Star previously missed a trip to Toronto while on the Royals because he was unvaccinated for COVID-19.

Source: Sports Illustrated
Thursday, Aug 4, 2022

ESPNMerrifield gets vaccinated, OK to play in Toronto

Whit Merrifield said Thursday that he has received the COVID-19 vaccination, clearing the way for him to be able to play home games for his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Source: ESPN
Thursday, Aug 4, 2022


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