Long story short -- there's no crying in baseball. Especially when you have a 24-run lead. The Nationals had that 24-run lead against the Mets Tuesday night and it was ugly for all parties. The ugliest part of the game, though, didn't come from any sore losers on the Mets side, but rather from Shawn Kelley, the Nationals pitcher who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth inning. His reaction to letting up the runs was so ugly that his team designated him for assignment the next day.
This is the guy who, with a 24-run lead, gave up three runs in the 9th last night. He's a good pitcher, but threw a little temper tantrum pic.twitter.com/IiZnmB2kDP— Frank Klose (@FrankKlose) August 1, 2018
Hey, if you're the Nats, you want to close the game out quickly and let the Mets have SOME dignity left. https://t.co/IEKwHxTIIr
This kind of temper tantrum has no place in Major League Baseball, and it especially had no place in that game, where the Mets were already more than humiliated.
For a pitcher to get that angry for letting up three runs in the ninth while his team still holds a lead bigger than two touchdowns, you have to wonder if he's got it all together.
Hint: He doesn't.
Whoa. The Nats have DFA’ed Shawn Kelley. RHP Jimmy Cordero has been called up— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) August 1, 2018
And what the front office had to say about Kelley when pressed for comment was even more damning.
Mike Rizzo on the decision to DFA Shawn Kelley: “You’re either in or you’re in the way. He was in the way.” Called him slamming his glove “disrespect” and “selfish.”— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) August 1, 2018
Hopefully being designated for assignment will teach Kelley a lesson on how to enjoy the game and not embarrass his team to pieces. What a shame.