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Jason Vargas: ‘All the info isn’t out there’ about threat to reporter

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On Sunday, Mets starter Jason Vargas had to be restrained from going after a Newsday beat writer in the Mets’ clubhouse, shouting, “I’ll knock you the f— out, bro.” All of this stemmed from manager Mickey Callaway misconstruing the reporter’s “I’ll see you tomorrow” as some sort of dig when it was just, you know, someone saying, “I’ll see you tomorrow.” So, yeah, that all escalated quickly.

While Callaway’s response to all of that was criticized — he apologized, but only eventually — Vargas had not said anything about the incident until after his start last night. He was pretty sharp on the mound — he struck out ten and would’ve gotten the win if his bullpen hadn’t blown up — but his comments about the incident with the reporter were on the vague side. Here’s what he said:

“I don’t think all the information is really out there. I don’t think this is a time to get into that. But I think that anybody that knows me, anybody that has played with me, there’s never been a situation like that. So to think it happened out of the blue, it’s foolish . . . It’s over. Our organization made a statement. We put an end to it. But I think it’s pretty obvious all the info isn’t out there.”

Well, it’s not obvious, actually, because Vargas declined to say what else isn’t out there. As it is he sounds defensive and seems to be suggesting that, however “foolish” the whole situation was, he was somehow justified in going after the reporter. Which doesn’t really track with anything else we know about it all.

I suppose, someday, Vargas may choose to share the deep, dark truth of all of this and explain why it was reasonable for him to tell a newspaper reporter “I’ll knock you the f— out, bro.” If the truth is out there, it’s out there, after all.

Until that day, though, I think we’re safe to simply assume Vargas was being an unnecessarily aggressive jackwagon.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.