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Mitch Williams takes leave of absence after incident at son’s baseball game

Mitch-WilliamsFormer MLB pitcher Mitch Williams has been under fire over the past week after he allegedly threw a nutty at his 10-year-old son’s baseball game. Fans who were at the game claimed Williams went crazy on an umpire and even called a child a profane name. Williams was also accused of ordering his pitcher to throw at an opposing player.

Despite his valiant effort to defend himself on Twitter, Williams has reportedly decided to take a leave of absence from his job as an MLB Network analyst.

“Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time,” an MLB Network spokesperson told the NY Daily News. “We are continuing to look into the matter.”

Witnesses told Deadspin that Williams harassed opposing coaches and players throughout the game. Again, we’re talking about 10-year-olds.

“To set the record straight, I was thrown out for laughing at a call,” Williams wrote on Twitter. “Then the (umpire) threatened to fight me. Said pick a time and place. … For those that think I’m making this up, it is on film. When he threatened me (one) of my coaches came out and put his hands on him. The ump and moved him away. The ump said you can’t touch me.

“What the ump didn’t know is my coach is a judge. And my coach told him if we weren’t in Maryland you would be in handcuffs and arrested for threatening me. All I care about is the kids.”

Whether Williams was at fault or not (and it sounds like he had to have been at least partially), that kind of behavior is inexcusable around young children. He seemed to realize that the next day.

There’s no word yet on how much time Williams will miss.

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The nightmare scenario for New York Mets fans happened on Monday. An MRI revealed that star pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

Matt Harvey MetsHarvey, who started the All-Star Game for the NL at Citi Field this summer, is likely to wait a few weeks before deciding whether to have surgery. His options would be rehabbing and hoping that the tear improves, or undergoing Tommy John surgery, which would likely keep him out for the entire 2014 season.

Harvey has said he wants to try avoiding surgery.

Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams thinks that waiting and seeing if the elbow improves is a viable option for Harvey. Why? Because he thinks it’s possible that Harvey has been pitching with the elbow problem since high school.

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Brandon McCarthy rips MLB Network’s Mitch Williams after ridiculous comment

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On Wednesday night, Mitch Williams of the MLB Network decided to use McCarthy’s horrifying injury to make a ridiculous point. Basically, he said that getting hit in the head by a line drive was the result of the way McCarthy pitches.

McCarthy himself has cracked jokes about the injury, but that doesn’t mean it’s a laughing matter. Of course, McCarthy wasn’t going to let him get away with it. He sent Williams a tweet ripping him for the comment and then used it to start a hilarious meme.

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