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.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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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.