Inside Baseball: Sending A Message

Hats off to Padre manager Jim Riggleman for benching outfielder Phil Plantier, who failed to hustle on a fly ball he hit against the Mets while leading off the second inning on April 27. The towering fly landed untouched in leftfield when New York's Kevin McReynolds lost sight of the ball, but Plantier, who could have had a double, had to settle for a single because he wasn't running hard. So Riggleman yanked him, leading to an ugly scene in the dugout as Plantier stalked after the manager, complaining bitterly.

In Plantier's defense, he has played hard since joining the Padres...

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