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Popular Baseball Broadcaster Getting Crushed For What He Said About Braves-Marlins Controversy Last Night

A general view of Citi Field during a New York Mets game.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches to Pedro Severino #29 of the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Citi Field on April 17, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr. is the hottest hitter in baseball. For whatever reason, that means the Miami Marlins had to make him pay.

Acuña entered last night's game with eight home runs in eight games, including homers in each of his last five games. Three of those home runs were in the game's opening at-bat.

Last night, rather than pitch to or around Acuña, the Marlins threw at him. Marlins starter Jose Ureña plunked him on the elbow and was summarily ejected from the game, after benches cleared.

Ronald Acuña Jr. made his way to first base after being hit, but eventually left the game due to the injury.

The play made reverberations around the baseball world. The majority of people rightfully called it out as bush league.

Some more old school baseball folks thought it was within the game's many "unwritten rules," a set of unofficial standards practiced in the governing of the game that are routinely dismissed as stupid and outdated.

One of those defending the Marlins' plunking was New York Mets' analyst Keith Hernandez.

The Mets booth is one of the most popular and well-regarded in baseball, and Hernandez, a former star for the Mets and Cardinals, is a huge part of that. This wasn't his brightest moment.

From the clip:

"In today's game they don't throw at hitters, I don't think hitters know, they don't know how to get out of the way of a ball, or know its coming. So you hit three home runs? I'm sorry, you gotta go down. You're going to lean over the plate? You're gonna let him put a whoopin' on you? It's not going to happen. I know it happens in today's game. You've got the Marlins...I'm sure Don Mattingly ordered that. I don't think the pitcher out there did, not today's pitchers. There was a day where you didn't have to tell a pitcher. He gets his fanny kicked, he would knock someone down. You've got a team that's out of it retaliating, that's part of the baseball code. If someone's hitting home runs and leaning all over that plate, I'm sorry, I'm not going to let you do that. Here's one in your ribs or on your back, and let's see you stay in there next time."

Hernandez continued:

"You lost three games, he hit three home runs, you got to hit him. I'm sorry. People are not going to like that. You got to hit him or knock him down, and I mean seriously knock him down if you don't hit him.

You never throw at anybody's head or neck. You hit him in the back, hit him in the fanny."

One can love baseball and be a purist, and still think an "unwritten rule" or "baseball code" that gets a young star injured simply because he has the temerity to hit home runs against the opposing team is incredibly stupid.