Mitch Williams is taking a leave of absence from his job with the MLB Network after an embarrassing weekend incident in which he failed to curb his inner “Wild Thing” at a youth baseball tournament in Maryland.
The network is “continuing to look into the matter,” a spokesman told the New York Daily News.
At issue is a series of meltdowns, Deadspin reported, that culminated in the former big-league pitcher telling one of his 10-year-old players to bean the opposing pitcher. That came a day after he was ejected from the Jersey Wild’s game in a Ripken Baseball tournament game last weekend in Aberdeen. Williams, whose son plays for the Wild, was berating players and officials, parents and others told Deadspin. He was profane and heckled opposing coaches as well as making derotagory comments about the 10-year-old players. Williams offered two statements last weekend on Twitter.
I regret what happened at this weekend’s tournament & apologize. I love baseball & coaching.— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 12, 2014
I did not curse at the umpire & will walk away in the future. Again, I apologize.— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 12, 2014