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Joe Simpson apologized to Chase Utley for comments about his batting practice attire

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In the event that you do the extraordinarily sensible thing and take the weekend off of the Internet, you may have missed the hubub from Saturday night during the Fox Sports South broadcast of the Dodgers-Braves game.

The short version: Braves announcer Joe Simpson saw some Dodgers players, particularly Chase Utley, taking batting practice in t-shirts and short pants and went on a rant about their alleged lack of professionalism and how they didn’t respect the game and all of that kind of jazz. It was embarrassing to say the least. For Simpson, obviously. Just the worst in old man back-in-my-day-ism.

Yesterday, it seems, Simpson apologized:

A public rant that went out to thousands upon thousands of viewers followed by a private apology to an audience of one is not exactly an exercise in balance, but I suppose we’ll take what we can get in this age of non-apologies.

Report: Mets and Rick Porcello agree on one-year, $10 million pact

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Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.

Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.

The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.

The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.

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