From Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago comes word that Major League Baseball isn’t too happy with Ozzie Guillen’s use of Twitter following his ejection from Wednesday night’s game:
MLB saying Oz tweeting last nite is their first issue involving social media during a game.
Sounds about right.
While we might think it’s great having access to a manager’s thoughts moments after he gets tossed from a game, there’s a large element of risk to it all. Guillen basically got on a loudspeaker last night no more than five minutes after home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ejected him. And that’s not something MLB wants.
After the game ended, some reporters asked Guillen about his tweets:
“I no worry about that,” Guillen said. “Let’s talk about [expletive] baseball. [Expletive] tweeting.”
Ozzie should avoid punishment here because Major League Baseball doesn’t have a policy against the use of Twitter by coaches and managers. Bud Selig and Co. may want to put something together quickly.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.