As expected, Jason Marquis and his $3 million salary went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Twins released the veteran right-hander.
I’m sure Marquis will be able to snag at least a minor-league contract somewhere and he might even have some modest success returning to the National League eventually, but it’s difficult to overstate just how awful he was with the Twins.
He made seven starts, posting an 8.47 ERA and allowing 33 runs in 34 innings with more walks than strikeouts and nine homers. Opponents hit .371 with a .434 on-base percentage and .629 slugging percentage off him and dating back to August 1 of last season Marquis has given up 49 runs in 45 innings.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.