Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports that Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn will bat right-handed exclusively when he returns from the injured list. Quinn is currently working his way back from a Grade 2 groin strain.
Quinn, 26, has a meager .684 OPS across 239 plate appearances in the majors. He has fared much better from the right side against left-handed pitching, owning an .811 OPS compared to his .615 OPS as a left-handed hitter facing right-handed pitching.
Quinn said, “Honestly, it’s something I’ve been thinking about my whole career.” Gelb notes that giving up switch-hitting was Quinn’s idea and he approached manager Gabe Kapler with it.
With Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Odúbel Herrera staking claims to starting jobs in the outfield, Quinn will resume a bench role upon his return from the injured list.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.