The Shane Victorino saga with Boston radio personalities continues


On Thursday, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino fired back at a pair of radio personalities at 98.5 The SportsHub, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, who interpreted his desire to trade for Phillies starter Cole Hamels as a desire to push out Mookie Betts or Rusney Castillo — competitors for his starting job. Massarotti, or “Mazz”, said, “What a loser. ‘Get rid of the kid before he takes my job.’ That’s how it comes off.”

Victorino responded passionately. Per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Victorino said, “If there’s one person that’s an advocate of that individual who was named in the article, Mookie Betts, it’s me.” He continued, “I don’t have any fear or feel like there’s competition that I’ve got to get him shipped out of here. That’s the part for me, where individuals put words in your mouth, that sit behind a mic and say something, you know where I’ll be. I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about it. But don’t get behind a mic and be a coward and try to put words in my mouth, because not once in that article did I mention anybody’s name.”

Felger and Mazz responded with a column on CBS Boston. Describing a phone conversation Mazz had with Victorino, he said, ” It was like having a discussion with my wife when she’s angry. It was that sort of discussion, if you want to know the truth.”

Felger said of Victorino’s response, “He’s backtracking.” Mazz disagreed. “I don’t know that he’s backtracking. I think he realizes he said too much.”

To be continued?

Victorino, 34, is slated to be the starting right fielder for the Red Sox, but his poor showing in spring could change that. Entering play Sunday, he was 5-for-25 with one extra-base hit, a double. Victorino is again giving up switch-hitting, as he did last season, due to thumb and hamstring injuries. He finished the 2014 season with a .268/.303/.382 triple-slash line along with two home runs and 12 RBI in only 133 plate appearances.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.