The MLB Network has placed analyst Mitch Williams on leave after the former Phillies reliever was implicated in a “series of incidents” at a youth baseball tournament.
The New York Daily News reports that Williams is taking a leave of absence from the network, though it does not tie the move to Williams’ actions at the tournament. Witnesses at the Maryland tournament tell Deadspin that Williams called a 10-year-old a “P-ssy, while ordering one of his own 10-year-old players to hit the opposing pitcher with a beanball.”
“The Wild Thing” was not coaching at the tournament but was ejected as a spectator, according to the Deadspin report. More from Deadspin:
Other witnesses—a number of parents, coaches, and other observers contacted us about Mitch Williams’s behavior—state that Williams was heckling SJ Titans coaches throughout the game, repeatedly calling one a “squirrelly little teapot,” and making harassing comments about the appearance of 10-year-old baseball players on the opposing team. (Lest you think these reports come from a team of sore losers, know that SJ Titans defeated Jersey Wild in the championship game.)
One Ripken Baseball employee tells Deadspin Williams should be banned for life from the organization’s events.