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Minor league pitcher does backflips after saves

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A week ago Sunday we had a big, fun benches-clearing brawl because Chris Archer of the Pirates decided that it was bad form for Derek Dietrich of the Reds to admire a long homer he hit. That, as always, led to talk about unwritten rules, on-field decorum and all of that.

As I said at the time, it’s kind of a tiresome argument at this point. It’s also a pretty disingenuous one on the part of pitchers, most of whom fist pump and dance around in their big moments, often in ways that make a hitter’s bat flip or moment of admiration seem tame. Pitchers are emotional snowflakes when it comes to this stuff. And they’re often hypocritical, Chris Archer included.

Which brings us to Twins minor leaguer Dusten Knight, who currently plays for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Double-A Southern League. Based on his performance after notching a couple of saves this past week, one hopes that he is not the sort who gets bent out of shape when an opposing batter struts around a bit:

Someone ask Chris Archer if this is OK.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.