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Saturday, August 17, 2019

A pair of altercations between players and coaches highlights the Pirates’ fraying clubhouse ($)

On July 21, the day before he was to be activated off the IL, Kela triggered an altercation with performance coach Hector Morales. The incident was loud and was witnessed by several players and team employees.

Hurdle moved in to defuse the situation and, according to sources, was berated by Kela. While it is not uncommon for a manager to step into such an incident, it is rare for a player to so directly disrespect his manager.

In a press release the next day, the Pirates said Kela was suspended for two games due to violation of his contract. When Kela was asked if he thought his suspension was warranted, he said, “The narrative is what the narrative is. I know the truth, so I’m not really worried about it. I’m not going to sit here and try to justify … I guess the suspension or anything like that. … I know the truth and I’m not going to get into any deeper details about it because that won’t benefit me or the organization.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2019 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 17, 2019 at 01:46 PM (#5872142)
“The narrative is what the narrative is. I know the truth, so I’m not really worried about it. I’m not going to sit here and try to justify … I guess the suspension or anything like that. … I know the truth and I’m not going to get into any deeper details about it because that won’t benefit me or the organization.”


I think this could be condensed to "maybe I was a bit of an #######\".
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 17, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5872199)
I'm not sure what they were fighting about, but picking a fight with Morales is dumb as hell. Dude was a varsity wrestler and judoka, a champion judo coach, and the former head of West Point's combat instructor certification program.
   3. depletion Posted: August 17, 2019 at 11:35 PM (#5872264)
Kela’s making a concerted effort at “biggest a-hole in baseball”. Eventually he’ be a free agent and look back fondly on this incident and the Reds brawl.

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