Vin Scully ripped into Ryan Howard on Friday, for some reason

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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard provided the Phillies’ only run in a 9-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday, blasting a solo homer to right field in the ninth inning off of Yusmeiro Petit. The home run marked the 361st in the slugger’s career, tying him with Joe DiMaggio for 81st on baseball’s all-time leaderboard.

No one, at least in the last five years, has ever entertained the thought that Howard is comparable to DiMaggio in hitting prowess. But Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, in relaying the news on Friday, took the opportunity to praise DiMaggio at the expense of Howard. Andy Merritt went to the trouble of transcribing the comment, which you can hear on Streamable:

Howard was, for a while, a lightning rod for criticism among Phillies fans because after signing a five-year, $125 million extension, he represented the divide between statistical traditionalists and proponents of Sabermetrics. But as the last five years of his career have been hampered by serious injuries, and a much-publicized familial strife affected his on-field play, he’s become a sympathetic player again. Slamming Howard now, when he’s going through the motions in the final year of his contract with the Phillies, is to kick a guy while he’s down sadistically. It’s likely the case that Scully wasn’t aware of the tone he conveyed, as he certainly hasn’t made a name for himself by ripping into players.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.