Ronald Acuna Jr. is arguably the best young player in baseball, but the Atlanta Braves superstar still has a thing or two to learn, apparently.
The National League MVP candidate has been pulled from this afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It appears that Acuna, 21, was pulled from the game for not hustling.
Atlanta’s manager, Brian Snitker, appeared to pull his star player out of the game after he failed to hustle down the line on a hit that should’ve been a double. He ended up only getting a single out of it and was thrown out stealing.
Acuna is now out of the game.
“Ronald Acuña has been removed from today’s game. Snit took him down the steps in the Braves dugout after not running out a ball off the wall in the bottom of the third. Acuña settled for a single and was thrown out trying to steal. Adam Duvall is entering the game,” 680 The Fan tweeted.
Ronald Acuña has been removed from today's game. Snit took him down the steps in the #Braves dugout after not running out a ball off the wall in the bottom of the third. Acuña settled for a single and was thrown out trying to steal.
Adam Duvall is entering the game.
— 680 The Fan (@680TheFan) August 18, 2019
Acuna stood and watched his hit for an extremely long time, perhaps thinking it was going to be a home run. It ended up costing him.
Acuña is phenomenal, but you can’t stand and watch that ball for that long and cost yourself an extra-base hit.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 18, 2019
FOX Sports Atlanta has tweeted out video of Acuna getting called into the tunnel to talk with his manager.
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 18, 2019
It’s been a tough day for the Braves, as they trail the Dodgers, 3-1, in the bottom of the fifth inning.
We’ll likely hear more about the decision to pull Acuna following the game.