Atlanta Braves fans cheer Marcell Ozuna’s first game since DUI Arrest

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Atlanta Braves outfielder/designated hitter Marcell Ozuna returned to the lineup on Sunday, after being arrested on a DUI charge Friday. Braves fans didn’t warmly welcome him as they booed him at the plate against the Houston Astros. After Ozuna’s strike against Jose Urquidy of the Astros, the boos became louder. Ozuna, who struck out in the fifth inning against Urquidy, was booed once more. Eddie Rosario replaced Ozuna. 

Brian Snitker, Braves General Manager, explained why he played Ozuna. “I didn’t want Eddie, with his hamstring, to play. Ronald [Acuna] was going to DH, so we had to have somebody in left,” Per ESPN, he stated that he had said this.. “I told Marcell, he’s part of this team. He’s going to play left field. … He’s on our team right now, he’s a member of our team. We’re going to play him as needed.”

Ozuna, 31 years old, was asked about being booed and spit on by Braves fans. “It’s kind of a motivator. Just don’t listen to whatever they’re saying, keep my head up and do my best,”He said. Ozuna made his debut in the lineup since Aug. 14. After being accused of aggravated strangulation and battery, he was also arrested one year later. Although the charges were dropped, Ozuna was put on administrative leave and did not participate in the Braves World Series Championship run. The MLB domestic violence policy in November saw him suspended for 20 more games. Because the suspension retroactively to Sept. 10, and the last 24 days of the 2021 regular-season, he was allowed to rejoin the lineup at the beginning of the 2022 season. 

Ozuna is also having legal problems and is not performing well on the field. Ozuna batted.213 this year with 20 home runs and 46 RBIs. His OPS is.653. Ozuna was batting.213 in last year’s 48-game season. He had seven home runs, 26 RBI, and an OPS.645. Ozuna signed a $64 million, four-year contract with the Braves in February 2021. 

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