Randy Wolf opts out of his minor league contract with the Orioles

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Veteran pitcher Randy Wolf opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports.

Wolf signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on June 22. The lefty made one start and five relief appearances for the Tides. Over 15 innings, he posted a 4.20 ERA with a 12/5 K/BB ratio.

Earlier in the season, Wolf made his first appearance in the major leagues since 2012, making four starts and two relief appearances for the Marlins between May 14 and June 14. The 37-year-old compiled a 5.26 ERA with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings.

MLB calls umpire union statement about Manny Machado discipline “inappropriate”

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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.