Ronald Acuña Jr. was removed from Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and it had nothing to do with an injury. As it turns out, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker took Acuña out after failing to run out of the batter's box on his hit in the third inning. After the team's 5-3 win, Snitker elaborated on his decision, where he stressed that Acuña has "got to run."
The slugger hit a ball to deep right field, assuming it was about to fly over the wall. However, during his slow jog, the ball bounced off the top of the fence and back into the field of play. Instead of a extra-base hit, Acuña was limited to a single.
As Snitker mentions, he didn't make the decision to bench Acuña right away because he wanted to give Adam Duvall more time to loosen up. Snikter pulled Acuña to the side following the top of the fourth inning to tell him the news.
Acuña wasn't upset over his skipper's decision, saying that there's no excuse for him not to give 100% on every play.
It was a learning lesson for the young star on Sunday, and he'll look to get past this blunder and help the Braves repeat as NL East champions.