A teenage pitcher on an Alberta baseball team has been kicked off for having long hair. Hair he was growing long to donate to a cancer charity, by the way. Seems he didn’t respect the game:
Mackenzie has been coaching the team for seven years and says his decision comes down to basic respect for the game.
“To me, the hair issue is part of the uniform,” he said. “It’s like the hat. It’s like the jersey. It’s all part of the appearance and that’s important to me, to have respect for yourself and for your other team mates.”
The Pincher Creek Minor Baseball Association has put out a statement saying it has no problem with Mackenzie’s rule.
So I guess it’s not just in the majors where conservative jerkwads come up with their own self-written rules that fit with their own personal jerkwad image and then scold others for not conforming.
In other news:
(Thanks to BTF for the heads up)
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.