Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling
when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy — he tagged Hardy twice by my estimation — but you just can’t get after the ump like that and not expect some discipline. He got it today: three game suspension and he’s going to be fined.
The Orioles say that Wigginton is going to appeal the suspension, so he’s good to play until then. Of course, Wigginton is on the trading block too, and I’m guessing that whoever gets him is going to want him available as soon as the deal is done. So, if Wigginton abruptly drops the suspension, I guess that’s a pretty good sign he’s about to get shipped off, no?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.