How much does a moment’s stupid impulse cost you in New York? How about $5,000 and 100 hours of community service:
A New York Mets fan who ran onto Citi Field following Johan Santana’s no-hitter has pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event.
Prosecutors said Thursday a judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and $1,000 to the city. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and cannot visit Citi Field for year, although the Mets have already banned him for life.
It was already bad for the guy to begin with, what with the fact that he missed his son’s first birthday party because of his arrest. And because he was wearing jorts at the time.
$5,000 does seem a bit steep, though, no? I mean, I understand you want to deter people from doing this and everything, but really: how likely is it that the Mets are going to give over-exuberant fans a reason to rush the field in the future? Deterring that is like deterring horse thievery. Or regicide.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.