Oliver Marmol Reveals Harrison Bader's Reaction to Benching for Lack of Effort
The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a mediocre 6-5 start in June, but that hasn't stopped the club from taking the first two games of a weekend set with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals' brief two-game winning streak isn't without drama, though.
Center fielder Harrison Bader was benched mid-game on Saturday for an apparent lack of effort. Fortunately, manager Oliver Marmol revealed the young outfielder handled this benching with perfect stride.
Harrison Bader Benching
Marmol detailed that he spoke with Bader following the game, saying the Gold Glove winner "handled it like a pro."
“We had a great conversation ... There’s expectations when it comes to effort and it wasn’t met today. He’ll be back in there tomorrow.”- Oliver Marmol
It's unclear the exact exchange, but clearly the 28-year-old "energy guy" understood exactly why his manager was disappointed with his performance.
Marmol explained that the lack of effort stemmed from a pair of back-to-back plays. First, Bader didn't run hard on a lazy fly ball to center field in fifth inning. He later followed this up by walking slowly to his position in the outfield at the start of the sixth.
Bader is known for his energy, speed and aggressiveness on the diamond, evidenced by his 14 stolen bases in 2022. It just shows what a feel Marmol has at the helm of this squad, and a bit of an old-school way of sending a message.
Message received, loud and clear. Bader and the Cardinals look to complete their three-game sweep on Sunday against the Reds. Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds show St. Louis as -172 favorites to get the win.
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