Outfielder Kyle Schwarber finds himself on a new team for the 2021 MLB season after inking a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals. Schwarber spent his first six years in the majors with the Chicago Cubs before they elected to not re-sign him this offseason.
His arrival in Washington adds additional offensive power to a Nationals team with a shot at contending. The Nats have +4000 odds to win the 2021 World Series on WynnBET.
Schwarber is evidently already getting used to his new home. He had some (friendly) words for an umpire during the team's Spring Training game against the Houston Astros on Monday.
Schwarber was mid-interview when he noticed the Astros' baserunner potentially left early on a tag up to third base. He told his teammates to throw the ball to second and appeal to the ump. But despite Schwarber's confidence in the call being wrong, the appeal failed, and the outfielder yelled "What are you looking at?" to the ump in response.
It was a hilarious moment all caught on film as Schwarber joined the Nats' broadcast. Bringing that energy to the clubhouse will easily make the new signing an instant fan favorite.
It's not the first time Schwarber has had a run-in with an ump either. He had to be held back from an altercation in 2019 after he felt a game-deciding check-swing went against his favor. This time it was more playful.
Hopefully the 28-year-old can channel that fire into his play this season. He struggled in 2020, hitting just .188 during the shortened campaign. With averages of 31 homeruns and 71 RBI from 2017-2019, though, the outfielder can bring added juice to the lineup alongside new arrival Josh Bell and stud Juan Soto if he returns to form in 2021.