Royals Fine Yuniesky Betancourt For Poor Play
No, no, not his overall play, for a literal single play.
According to the Kansas City Star , the Royals have fined Betancourt, the team's shortstop, following a dropped fly ball in Friday's loss to the Texas Rangers.
The ball was hit to the grass just past the infield, where Betancourt attempted to make a flashy one-handed catch at shoulder level. Unfortunately, he dropped it, allowing a run to score and to give Texas an early 2-0 lead.
The Royals decided that enough was enough. They fined the shortstop, but club officials are refusing to release how much the fine was worth.
Kansas City manager Trey Hillman stated that he will not force Betancourt to change his style of play and catching, but hinted that these fines may continue.
"He's been doing it like that for his whole life," Hillman said to the Star . "If you can't get comfortable with the correct technique, then understand the next part of the equation is if you drop it, you're going to make us look bad, and it's going to affect our club, and we've got to have some recourse and take some action."
Betancourt has since said that he will work on fixing his technique, but says he does not recall previously dropping a fly ball.
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