A aid pitcher who was capable of commerce in his White Sox for Yankee pinstripes forward of MLB’s commerce deadline took the time to tear into his former membership after pitching two scoreless frames in a loss to the Astros on Sunday.
New Yankee Keynan Middleton, who joined the White Sox earlier this season after signing a minor-league contract, informed reporters that Chicago had a giant tradition drawback and that the staff did nothing to self-discipline a pitcher who was seen napping throughout video games and in addition skipped fielding observe.
“We got here in with no guidelines,” 29-year-old Middleton stated. “I don’t know the way you police the tradition if there aren’t any guidelines or pointers to observe as a result of everyone seems to be doing their very own factor. Like, how do you say something about it as a result of there aren’t any guidelines? You may have rookies sleeping within the bullpen throughout the sport. You may have guys lacking conferences. You may have guys lacking PFPs [pitcher fielding practices] and there aren’t any penalties for any of these things.”
It’s not troublesome to imagine Middleton’s account of how issues are dealt with in Chicago, because the White Sox have a historical past of getting considerably of a lawless clubhouse. Bear in mind, this is identical franchise that allowed the 14-year-old outdated son of retired slugger Adam LaRoche to spend hours within the clubhouse earlier than employees members and different gamers complained, in addition to the identical staff that solely suspended former ace Chris Sale, who’s now a member of the Pink Sox, for 5 video games after he took a knife to the whole membership’s set of throwback jerseys as a result of he didn’t wish to put on them.
The White Sox additionally make use of Tim Anderson, one among two combatants in a fistfight at second base that led to 6 ejections on Saturday evening throughout a 7-4 win for Chicago over the Cleveland Guardians. Chicago additionally let former supervisor Tony La Russa stay answerable for the staff after he was charged together with his second DUI. La Russa resigned previous to this season after main the White Sox to an 81-81 report in 2022. This yr, the White Sox are 45-68 below first-year supervisor Pedro Grifol and there’s no shot Chicago will make the postseason.
The percentages for the Yankees (58-54) aren’t that good both, however Middleton continues to be joyful to be in New York and depart the dysfunction in Chicago behind him. “The second I came upon I used to be traded, I shaved my face,” he stated. “I used to be able to play by their guidelines as a result of all I wish to do is win video games…You know the way to behave [here]. You realize to not be late and you understand there are penalties in case you are late.”
The obvious lack of penalties in Chicago could also be a motive why the White Sox are one of many worst groups within the American League.
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