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World gets behind #WeStandWithAcuña
ABL backs former star turned Big Leaguer
08/15/2018 10:56 PM ET
 

The Australian Baseball League has received unanimous support in its backing of Atlanta Braves' star Ronald Acuña Jr, sending Twitter into a frenzy with #WeStandWithAcuña.

Acuña was plunked by Miami starter Jose Urena on the opening pitch of the Braves' 5-2 win at SunTrust Park on Thursday morning (Australian time)

The ABL - where Acuña plied his trade for the Melbourne Aces in 2016 - was quick to get behind their former star.

The league's official Twitter account - which on Wednesday changed its Twitter name to 'Acuña Baseball League' after he homered in a fifth-straight game - tweeted "#WeStandWithAcuña".

The post has received plenty of support from across the world and been retweeted more than 300 times and liked by over 1700 fans.

Here are some of the responses:

Acuña was aiming for a fourth-straight lead-off home run when he was hit on the elbow by a 156km/h fastball from Urena.

The incident cleared the benches but only resulted in minimal push-and-shove.

Urena and Atlanta manager Brian Snitker were ejected following the scuffle.

Acuña remained on the ground for a couple of minutes and later left the game.

The 20-year-old is on a tear, hitting .471 with eight homers a 1.749 OPS over his previous eight outings.

On the season he is hitting .288 with 19 home runs and 43 RBIs in 68 games.

Acuña spent the first half of the 2016/2017 ABL season in Melbourne, hitting .375 with 13 RBIs and 13 stolen bases across 20 games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.