Phillies catcher Rafael Marchan suffers injury after a dirty slide by a Mets minor-leaguer, benches clear
As if we couldn’t hate the New York Mets anymore than we already do, Khalil Lee, right fielder for the Syracuse Mets (AAA), decided to take out Phillies catcher Rafael Marchan on Sunday night.
With the bases loaded, Lee was running on home on what should’ve been a double play, but decided to run three feet inside the baseline, taking out Rafael Marchan in the process.
Marchan was in obvious pain after contact and would leave the game and not return.
The first thing that stands out in this clip, is that this was a dirty slide by Lee. If you’ve played baseball, or have watched the game for long enough, you know stuff like this happens frequently. Cleating happens, purposeful sliding happens, and collisions on the base paths happen.
I’m all for someone getting taken out on a slide if he’s in the way, that’s baseball. However, for Lee to run three-feet inside of the baseline, he couldn’t have made it any more obvious what he was doing here. Once Marchan was rolling on the ground, Lee then proceeded to get up as if nothing happened.
There is absolutely no reason for Lee to slide. It was a force out at home and there was no way in hell he was going to score on the play regardless.
The benches cleared, and bullpens ran in, but nothing of not really happened after that. First-year Iron Pigs manager Anthony Contreras started very calmly with the umpire, started going nuts and would proceed to get thrown out.
The Iron Pigs would end up losing the game 5-4 but not before Donny Sands slow-trotted all over em with a bomb to left center two innings after the benches cleared.
The Syracuse Mets are 33-45 on the season, 9.5 games back of the Iron Pigs, while Lehigh Valley holds a 43-36 record. The New York Mets started off their season hot, and still hold the top spot in the NL East, but as history shows, the Mets love to choke down the stretch every year.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies welcome the Nationals to town tonight for a three-game series.