Gary Matthews: The Mets are crybabies

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This was fun. As I mentioned in the comments, Mike Pelfrey got into it for a second with Placido Polanco when he thought Polanco was trying to stick his elbow out to get on base via a HBP.  In the booth, Phillies broadcaster Gary Matthews called the team “crybabies.”

Later, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, a reporter asked Matthews about the comment. I’m guessing the reporter was Martino himself, but j-school teaches those guys never to put themselves in the story if they can help it. Imagine if Hunter S. Thompson followed that rule.  Anyway, we got this:

“Tell them Sarge said it – the Mets are crybabies,” Matthews repeated to the reporter, an earnest, Jimmy Olsen-type. “That’s why they lose.”

Announcer and reporter parted, then Matthews doubled back. He closed his fists and made crying motions under his eyes. “Make sure you have tears, like this,” he said.

I gotta tell ya, that is first class taunting by Sarge, there. I doff my cap and give a little bow.  Own that stuff. Don’t apologize if you mean it. And if you do mean it, make it entertaining and unequivocal.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.