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Trash talking: Engel Beltre throws garbage can in stands

Apr 28, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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You may remember Engel Beltre from a 2010 incident when, while playing for the Bakersfield Blaze, he touched off a wild brawl while in the middle of a home run trot. Now playing for the AA Frisco Roughriders (like the Blaze also a Texas Rangers affiliate), Beltre is back with a new, fun method of displaying his emotions. On Tuesday he threw a garbage can into the stands in protest of an umpire’s call.

Fan’s reaction: “Beer guy never comes to my section, but this I get.”

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said water bottles were thrown on the field by fans and a plastic garbage can was thrown into the stands from the Frisco dugout. Daniels confirmed it was thrown by Beltre, the only player suspended by the league. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’

The Rangers are considering sending the suspended 21-year-old center fielder to Surprise, Ariz., for extended spring training work, Daniels said.

That little nugget of information in the sentence above should end all trash-can throwing in baseball for the rest of eternity.

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Rangers minor leaguer gets trashy and suspended by Texas League [Lewp's Weblog]

  1. lewp - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    In all fairness, I watched the homerun trot video, and it loks like the opposing team’s shortstop said something to Beltre as he was jogging past him during the home run trot.

    The funny thing to me was the music in the background….good ol country music in Bakersfield…just like west Texas.

  2. lewp - Apr 28, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Looks like he’s suspended for 15 games.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/28/rangers-prospect-engel-beltre-suspended-15-games-for-throwing-trash-can-at-fans