Toronto CF Kevin Pillar apologizes for using anti-gay slur

Guy wants to hit a home run in a five-run game, pimp it, throw the bat around - I mean, I don't know.

Unless there is a credible explanation for what looked like Pillar shouting a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte after striking out on Wednesday night - that is, if he did not say the derogatory term, despite the video evidence that suggests he did - then this is something that does not require a great deal of internal wrestling.

Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound, and the player issued a statement acknowledging his wrongdoing.

Pillar will presumably be contrite about the incident on Thursday, and if he offers a spectacular and thoughtful apology it's possible the Blue Jays could find some way to not have one of the few pleasant surprises of their 2017 season miss games.

Around the same time as Colabello's positive test, Kevin Pillar was in contention with Michael Saunders to begin the 2016 season as the Blue Jays' lead-off hitter.

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is investigating. "The best way to get me out is to throw inside". Campos allowed three hits - including a home run - one walk and two runs Monday in 2 1/3 innings in the 10-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Despite winning their third straight game, the mood surrounding the Braves was predictably dark following the game. Speaking to the media about the roster move, manager John Gibbons said there was "no room for selfish play" on this team. "By doing so, I had just helped extend a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today".

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"I definitely can see myself batting lead-off", Pillar said.

Braves slugger Freddie Freeman had to leave Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after getting struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning.

"I think it's part of the game, the emotion", Bautista told the Blue Jays team website.

The team took a similar position toward Pillar. In 2012, former Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar received a three-game suspension from the team after he played a game with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black stickers.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after past year", said O'Flaherty, referring to the punch Bautista took to the chin from the Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor.

"That's something that's making the game tough to watch lately", O'Flaherty said.

The bottom line is, each player that steps on the diamond is paid handsomely for what they do, and part of their job is to be accountable for their actions on and off the field, including their words. "It's just exhausted. We've seen it from him enough".

  • Lawrence Cooper