Ronald Acuña’s “Foil of the Year” defied Brian Snitker’s advice earlier in the season

Whatever dimension Ronald Acuña Jr. is from, it’s not ours. The Braves outfielder pulled the slip of the season on Tuesday night.

Sliding into homeplate is no easy task.

While catchers are no longer allowed to block the plate, giving opposing baserunners an easy path to scoring, collisions and injuries are a very real risk for any player racing toward home plate in these uncertain times.

Acuña Jr., who appears to put himself in danger on a daily basis, did so again on Tuesday night. While he certainly gave Brian Snitker a heart attack in the process, Acuña added another moment to his highlight role of 2022.

Braves: Brian Snitker’s preseason advice rings hollow

Back in mid-May, when Acuña was even celebrating his comeback, Snitker warned that he might have to change his playing style.

“Yes, because he’s playing with his burning hair. He plays that thing hard. He also did a really good job (comeback after a knee injury). He’s gotten hot, he’s on base a lot, he wants to run, plays outfield. Probably as he gets older and more mature he’ll probably have to scale back some of that due to the wear and tear on his body. At his age, he knows nothing but full throttle ahead. But God bless him,” Snitker said, according to The Athletic.

Acuña, obviously, didn’t like being told what to do – Especially considering his allure and playstyle, he is one of the most popular players in the game today and so valuable to the team.

Plays like the one he made Tuesday night when he stormed home without much planning go against what Snitker preached.

And while the Braves manager certainly has Acuña’s best interests in mind, this is another example of why slowing down a player like the three-time All-Star is next to impossible.

Acuña will do what he wants, and he will do it with grace. Ronald Acuña’s “Foil of the Year” defied Brian Snitker’s advice earlier in the season

John Verrall

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