It seems there is more than meets the eye to former Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley’s meltdown against the Mets and subsequent designation for assignment and trade.
With a 25-1 lead in the ninth inning, Kelley was tasked with finishing off the game, which he did, but not before allowing three runs.
After allowing a two-run homer, the reliever slammed his glove, an outburst that eventually got him traded to Oakland on Aug. 5. Reports suggest he may have benefited from a bit more contrition after the the initial incident.
Kelley and Nats general manager Mike Rizzo engaged in a screaming match near the team’s clubhouse after the game, according to a Fancred Sports report. Kelley and Rizzo reportedly had to be separated by a “trio of players.”
According to friends, Kelley was actually more upset over an umpire rushing him to pitch than the runs he gave up. He also was “remorseful” over the glove toss, according to the report.
He isn’t the only Nationals reliever who has left the team in controversial fashion recently.
When an unnamed player called the Nationals’ clubhouse “a mess” in a Yahoo! Story, Rizzo believed it was pitcher Brandon Kintzler and eventually jettisoned him off to the Cubs for a prospect. Jeff Passan, the reporter on the story, told the Cubs that Kintzler was not the one who provided the quote.
Despite the recent turmoil, the Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
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