White Sox announcer Ed Farmer thinks people need to throw at the Royals

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I’m not sure when it happened — had to be back in the Nixon Administration — but at some point White Sox’ announcer Ed Farmer took a disliking to the Royals. Or at least so it seems.

Farmer, famous for throwing at and injuring Al Cowens and Frank White in a single Rangers-Royals game back in 1979, was in the booth for the White Sox-Royals game on Saturday. His highlights:

  • Saying that if a Royals batter squared to bunt, the pitcher should throw at the batter;
  • Lecturing Eric Hosmer for not playing the game the right way because he showed some excitement at what he thought was a big hit, but which was caught by an infielder; and
  • Saying, after Lorenzo Cain hit a big go-ahead home run and looked into his dugout with excitement, “If I’m on the mound and he does that, next time up when I face him he’s looking at the sky.”

I dunno, Ed. Maybe next time he’s facing you try not to throw him a crap pitch that he can launch?

Anyway, you can see and hear the clips of this latest installment of “Play The Game The Right Way Theatre” over at Royals Review.

Just remember: “Playing the game the right way” = “trying to seriously injure someone out of anger at your own inability to play better than they do.”

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.