Former Met reliever Roger McDowell is under investigation by MLB for allegedly threatening fans in San Francisco with a baseball bat and verbally assaulting them with homophobic slurs
You can read all the gory details by following the link above. It sounds like Roger snapped, and in a very bad way — like, in a John Rocker or Al Campanis way. As in, McDowell will forever be remembered for this ugliness and people will wonder what kind of guy he really is.
We won’t get into what he said and did here; what’s important to the Mets is that McDowell has done a good job in Atlanta as a pitching coach and now his job is in jeopardy. From the above-referenced article:
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that he was aware McDowell was “being accused of engaging in highly inappropriate conduct toward fans at a game in San Francisco.”
“Although I do not yet have all the facts regarding this incident, the allegations are very troubling to me,” Selig said. “The Atlanta Braves have assured my office that they will immediately investigate the allegations, and report the results of the investigation to me. After I have all the facts, I will make a determination of how to proceed.”
This is the type of thing that could seriously affect an otherwise functional clubhouse. First Bobby Cox is gone, next Fredi Gonzalez is in there calling suicide squeezes with two strikes, and now their pitching coach may be suspended from the team — not to mention the media jumping all over this. If these things affect the Braves’ performance, that can only be good for the Mets, right?