Please note: Like many theories, this one is not based off any facts but only pure speculation and coincidences.
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- All-Star third baseman David Freese was struck twice by a pitch thrown by Carlos Zambrano in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Was there something more to this or am I crazy? (I am likely crazy.)
Here’s what we are working with: NL All-Star manager Tony La Russa does not select Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto or second baseman Brandon Phillips to join the NL All-Star team. Dusty Baker speaks out. TLR explains his reasoning. All is quiet. Freese is selected to the All-Star Game with the Final Vote count. Zambrano hits Freese twice in a game played two days later.
Is there a connection? Of course (I think) there is or else I wouldn’t be writing this so keep reading.
Zambrano used to play for Baker as members of the Chicago Cubs. There was even some rivalry back then between La Russa and Baker -- and so it only continues. Did Baker use his former player for evil reasons?
So as part of a secret mission Zambrano was to target new All-Star Freese, the player who won TLR his final World Series, because of Baker’s jealousy that ANOTHER Cardinals player was chosen and not one of his players. This is some sort of odd coincidence.
Once again, this is just speculation (and maybe a slight jab at Baker). But let’s face it, Baker does have a solid reason to be upset.
Back to Zambrano. Before Saturday, Z-Man had hit six batters in 95.2 innings pitched this season and now has hit 100 for his career. Not to mention that he isn’t the dominant Zambrano of the mid-2000s. So it wasn’t Baker who made him hit Freese; it was terrible control.
Also, I truly do not think Baker would use a player from another team to purposely hit a rival’s player. It just wouldn’t happen -- or would it?