Kevin Pillar under inquiry for shouting at Braves pitcher


The Braves will nearly definitely be without the hottest hitter in baseball tonight… and at least for the next 10 days, one would figure…. The team says it will formulate plans to work with the LGBTQ community.”Hopefully my teammates, Major League Baseball, other sports … people are going to learn there is no place for this type of language on a baseball field, at home, in a clubhouse”.To call the Braves 2017 season a roller coaster to this point would be an understatement.The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended player Kevin Pillar after he used an anti-gay slur during a game. The Braves hoped offseason addition Sean Rodriguez would have been the fill-in for Freeman this season, but Rodriguez may miss the full season with a shoulder injury sustained when a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police auto in Miami on January 28.The tension in Wednesday’s game didn’t end with Pillar’s outburst, however. But Garcia has never played first base before.Losing Freddie Freeman for any extended period of time was always going to be a death sentence for this team, especially given how bad their pitching has been thus far. He’s the constant drum beat to the tomahawk chop at SunTrust Park. “He just threw one that got away”.He’ll also be looking at a PR nightmare in the very LGBT-friendly Toronto, where he has been one of the most popular Blue Jays over the last few years.So, if Freeman is out, what will the Braves do?But however you want to digest the fireworks late in the third consecutive defeat to the Braves this week, the Jays reputation as villains will no doubt escalate in some quarters around the baseball world. Loney played in 100 games past year for the Mets as a first baseman. He’s hitting.341/.461/.748 with 27 walks, and is carrying an absurd 1.209 OPS. The Braves lost the heartbeat of their team. Early reports make it seem likely that Freeman has a broken wrist and will miss an extended period of time.His most infamous bat flip came after he hit a go-ahead homer in the deciding game of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. That’s the real question.In March, David Denson, the first top-tier baseball player to come out as gay, retired from the sport at 22.The Braves don’t have any infielders in Triple-A Gwinnett now on Atlanta’s 40-man roster, so they would have to purchase the contract for somebody in that role. This is a big blow for the Braves, as Freeman leads the team in all of home runs, runs scored and RBI’s this season.