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Chris Young takes a job under Joe Torre in the league office

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Chris Young — the pitcher — was released by the Padres at the end of spring training. That looked like the end of the baseball line for the 38-year-old. And it was, but only on the playing side. He just took a job in the league office.

Major League Baseball just announced that it has appointed Young as Vice President, On-Field Operations, Initiatives & Strategy.  Young will work under MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre and will report directly to Senior Vice President, On-Field Operations Peter Woodfork, this Monday.

Per the league’s news release, Young will work with MLB’s Baseball Operations and Umpiring Operations Departments on issues affecting play on the field, including the application of playing rules and regulations, on-field standards and discipline, pace of play and other special projects.  Among his duties: ensuring that ballpark and field alterations meet MLB standards; working on MLB’s pace of play and game presentation initiatives; advising on on-field disciplinary issues; assisting with negotiations with umpires, players and Minor League Baseball; participating in issues regarding player safety, on-field equipment and wearable technology; and having a role in official scoring reviews submitted to MLB.

In the short term, this announcement means that Young’s 13-year playing career is over. He finishes it with a record of 79-67, a 3.95 ERA (103 ERA+) and a K/BB ratio of 1,062/502 in 1,297.2 innings across 271 games, 221 of which were starts. He appeared with the Padres, Royals, Mets, Rangers and Mariners.

As far as the longer-term implications, Young, a Princeton graduate, is getting involved in league operations at a relatively young age as far as these things go, in what sounds like a more substantive job that a lot of ex-players land. If he finds this work to his liking, he could be a pretty important figure in the game someday.

Jake Arrieta was not a fan of Bryce Harper’s behavior last night

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As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.

We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:

“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.

“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”

For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.