Brett Tomko, on being designated for assignment by the Yankees:
I don’t think I got a fair shot. I pitched great in spring training
and didn’t make the team. I pitched great in the minors, got called up
and didn’t get much of a chance. I understand other guys are pitching
great. But it could have been different. I can’t see the point in
Obviously no one likes to be fired and I’m sure that Tomko wasn’t used
optimally by the Yankees, but the notion of “a fair shot” sort of goes
out the window when talking about a 36-year-old pitcher with nearly
1,800 career innings in the majors. Plus, who cares if someone “pitched
great in spring training” and “pitched great in the minors” if they’ve
posted a better-than-average ERA exactly once in the last dozen
Tomko has earned over $20 million despite being a mediocre back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever for his entire career,
the Yankees called him up in May and used him as a mop-up man for six
weeks, he allowed 12 runs in 21 innings to make him 7-21 with a 5.76
ERA over the past three seasons, and now they’re letting him go. “But
it could have been different” is just about the least accurate way to
describe the situation.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.