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?
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.