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Denver sports presenter criticizes “bank robber” Kris Bryant

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For one sportscaster in Denver, struggling Rockies infielder Kris Bryant — who had a batting average of just .186 in his first 24 games this year before recently returning to the injured list — has committed a crime.

“I'm telling you, Kris Bryant is one of the greatest bank robbers of all time,” said Scotty Gange, a sports anchor at 9 News, according to Awful Announcing. “Look, the Rockies first baseman is back on the injured list and will be out for at least another week and a half. In two and a half seasons, he's missed 239 games. That's about two out of three.

“And with his guaranteed contract, Bryant earned $25 million in the games he didn't play. That's theft. For anyone wondering, $25 million would be the sixth-largest robbery in world history.”

Kris Bryant has returned to the Rockies’ injured list. AP

Bryant, who had already missed 31 games in 2024 because of a back strain, drifted toward the net in the foul zone in the eighth inning of Colorado's game on Sunday and became entangled in it – twisting his body to hold onto the ball while simultaneously falling to the ground – and suffering a bruised left rib.

After signing a seven-year, $182 million contract with the Rockies ahead of the 2022 season, Bryant has a batting average of just .247 in 146 games and has now been on the injured list seven times, according to ESPN.

“Kris hopes to stay healthy and play — stay on the field,” Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters on Wednesday, according to ESPN. “It's been interrupted a lot. And there's frustration because Kris wants to play. These different types of injuries have cropped up. I don't have a crystal ball.”

Colorado Rockies first baseman Kris Bryant (23) catches a foul ball by Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 2, 2024.
Colorado Rockies first baseman Kris Bryant (23) catches a foul ball by Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 2, 2024. AP

“But hopefully this will resolve itself relatively quickly and get him back on the field and into the active roster, and hopefully there will be some momentum in terms of performance so that we see the real Kris Bryant.”

Early in his career, Bryant was a rising star who helped the Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought.

He was the third baseman who appeared in four All-Star games, won Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in consecutive seasons and positioned himself for a huge contract once he became a free agent after the 2021 season.

However, this was only followed by inconsistencies at the batting line and numerous injuries.




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