UPDATE: Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser:
Guillen said that West told him “to get the
(bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and
coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his
“He thinks he’s the (bleep)
in the field,” said Guillen, who could be both fined and suspended.
“People pay to watch (bleeping) players play, not to see umpires and
managers. I don’t see any people say, ‘I’m going to see Ozzie Guillen
manage or Joe West (bleeping) umpire.’ ”
“Joe’s been that way for a
lot of years … Sometimes he thinks (bleeping) people pay to watch him
Worth noting that it’s not at all clear that Ozzie was angry when he said this. He kind of goes on like that all the time. Usually he just makes sure he’s off the record first.
3:45 P.M: I’m totally with old Ozzie on this one in theory — umpire Joe West was totally out of line this afternoon — but Guillen’s post-game comment on West might be a bridge too far:
“He’s a f—ing a–hole.”
I don’t know that they’ve come up with computers sophisticated enough
to calculate the size of the fine Guillen is gonna get for that one.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.