Jamey Wright is retiring

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The Dodgers announced that Jamey Wright is going to announce his retirement today.

Wright sat out last season after being released by the Rangers during spring training, and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers back in February to give it one last chance. That chance didn’t pan out — he gave up nine earned runs in six and two-thirds innings this spring — but at least he went down pitching.

Weight enjoyed a 19-year major league career, split between starting in the earlier half and then becoming a reliable bullpen option in the second half. He ended up pitching for ten different teams, spending more time in Colorado — six seasons — than anyplace else. He actually did two stints with the Rockies, being drafted by them in the first round in 1993 and breaking into the bigs with them in 1996 and serving a second tour at Coors Field in 2004-05. For his career he was 97-103 with a 4.81 ERA (96 ERA+) in 2,036 and two-thirds innings over 719 games, 248 of which were starts.

Happy trails, Mr. Wright.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.