After reportedly getting into an argument with an umpire, calling a 10-year-old a “pussy,” and ordering a beanball perhaps with the intent to injure the same child, Mitch Williams is taking a “leave of absence” from MLB Network while the MLB Network decides what to do with him, the network told the New York Daily News:
Williams, known as ‘Wild Thing’ during an 11-year big league career as a reliever, reportedly ordered the beaning of an opposing player during a youth baseball tournament last weekend in Maryland.
Deadspin, citing information provided to the website by parents and coaches, reported Friday that the former All-Star and current MLB Network analyst told one of his 10-year-old players to hit the opposing pitcher.
The MLB Network told the Daily News Saturday afternoon that Williams is taking a leave of absence from the network.
“Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time,” an MLB Network spokesperson said in an email to the Daily News. “We are continuing to look into the matter.”
In other words: Will this blow over soon so we don’t have to fire him? We don’t want to fire him because he’s pretty good, even though he does that thing when he’s confident in something where his neck muscles tighten, lips purse and head shakes ever so slightly like a southern woman who just told you nu-uh!
Mitch took to Twitter to apologize:
This has to be the most 93 Phils thing ever.