Torii Hunter suspended two games for strip-down ejection

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Torii Hunter’s post-ejection tantrum Wednesday, which included removing his uniform and throwing it onto the field after making physical contact with an umpire, has earned the Twins outfielder a two-game suspension and undisclosed fine from MLB.

Hunter is appealing the suspension, naturally, so he’ll be able to play in the meantime.

Here’s the video of Hunter’s meltdown, so you can judge for yourself what the proper punishment should be:

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Hunter also claimed afterward that the umpire Mark Ripperger was intentionally making bad calls against him as “revenge” for previous complaints.

Phillies sign Drew Storen and Bud Norris to minor league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.

Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.

Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.