The Wrigley beer-tosser turns himself in

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His name is John Macchione, and he turned himself in after yesterday’s game.  Police charged him with one count of battery and one count of illegal conduct within a sports facility.  Based on his statement to the media as he left the police station, I’m guessing he’s not going to fight the charges very hard: “Chicago Cubs, I’m sorry I disgraced you.” He apologized to Victorino and offered a general “I’m sorry.” 

Not that they’re the most serious charges ever. In fact, they’re pretty small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Heck if cops wanted to go totally crazy, they could have charged Kevin Youkilis with more than that for throwing his helmet and then tackling Porcello the other night. Certainly the penalty this Macchione guy gets for it is dwarfed by all of the public condemnation he’s getting.  Especially in light of Victorino’s comments: “You know what, the guy just might have thought it was fun. It is what
it is. He didn’t accost me in any way. He didn’t hurt me in any way. It
was part of the ballgame.”

Report: Christian Yelich’s relationship with Marlins ‘irretrievably broken’

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Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.

Longo said,

They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.

The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.

He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.

This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.

Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.