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Articles tagged: Jason Vargas

Phillies reportedly acquire Jason Vargas from Mets

Jason Vargas

The Philadelphia Phillies have made an effort to upgrade their struggling starting rotation.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Phillies have acquired pitcher Jason Vargas from the New York Mets. The Mets also kicked in money, and received AA catcher Austin Bossart in return.

Vargas isn’t a massive upgrade, but he will help. The left-hander has a 4.01 ERA this season, and has pitched to a 3.53 ERA since the start of May. That’s in stark contrast to the Phillies rotation, with Aaron Nola the only starter with an ERA under 4.

Vargas may ultimately be best remembered in New York for his infamous confrontation with a reporter. Hopefully, things will go better for him in Philadelphia.

Jason Vargas warmed up to appropriate Taylor Swift song amid drama

Jason Vargas

Jason Vargas wants you to know that he is definitely on Team Taylor.

Prior to Wednesday’s start against the New York Yankees, the New York Mets lefty warmed up to Taylor Swift’s new song “You Need To Calm Down,” per Laura Albanese of Newsday.

What made Vargas’ song choice particularly appropriate is that Wednesday was just his second start since his clubhouse altercation with a team reporter. Furthermore, though the song came out earlier, it has gained further buzz recently thanks to Swift’s own feud with entertainment executive Scooter Braun, who just acquired the rights to her music catalog.

Unfortunately though, the Tay Tay pick did not ultimately pan out for Vargas — he gave up three earned runs (including two in the first inning) to take the loss to the Yankees in a 5-1 affair. As for the next time around, perhaps Vargas will have to warm up to Swift’s “Shake It Off” instead.

Mets announcer Gary Cohen calls out Jason Vargas for treatment of reporter

Jason Vargas

New York Mets announcer Gary Cohen called out Jason Vargas on the air Wednesday during his broadcast of the Mets-Phillies game on SNY for the pitcher’s treatment of reporter Tim Healey and subsequent behavior.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway got into it verbally with Healey after Sunday’s game after misinterpreting a comment Healey made. Vargas joined in too and even threatened Healey.

The Mets immediately issued a statement saying they did not condone the behavior. Mets ownership and the front office publicly and privately apologized to Healey, while Callaway did the same. And though Callaway and Vargas were both fined, Cohen pointed out on his broadcast that Vargas had yet to apologize and called out the pitcher for the behavior.

“It doesn’t sit well at the end of the day that somebody can physically threaten someone in his place of work and not have to feel some consequence from that action. My fear is that it leaves a stain and even more so that it gives entree to the next player who feels in the heat of the moment he needs to vent like that to do the same thing,” Cohen said during a discussion of the matter with broadcast partner Keith Hernandez in the third inning of Wednesday’s game.

“Things happen, but you have to know how to deal with those as an adult. … The relationship between players and the media can be contentious at times, but it has to be professional, and it certainly cannot be threatening.”

Below is video and a transcription of Cohen and Hernandez’s comments:

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Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas fined for confrontation with reporter

The two members of the New York Mets involved in a confrontation with a Newsday reporter have been fined for their actions.

Manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas were fined for cursing at and, in Vargas’ case, trying to attack Newsday reporter Tim Healey after Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Neither will face a suspension.

Callaway and Vargas both confronted Healey after the reporter told the manager “see you tomorrow,” which was interpreted as a sarcastic, antagonistic remark. The organization apologized to Healey in a statement, and while they suggested that the parties involved would speak privately, the Mets appear to consider the incident dealt with.

Mets issue statement after Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas curse out reporter

The New York Mets have issued an apologetic statement over what happened in the clubhouse after Sunday’s game.

The Mets said they “sincerely regret” what happened between Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas, and reporter Tim Healey of Newsday. They added they have already apologized to Healey and will speak further with everyone involved.

In other words, the Mets don’t appear to be assigning any blame to Healey for the fact that Callaway swore repeatedly at him and Vargas challenged him to a fight. The consequences for Callaway and Vargas — if there are any — remain unclear, but it seems likely that the incident will be further addressed on Monday.

Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas get in shouting match with reporter

The New York Mets collapsed and blew a late lead against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, and tensions boiled over in the clubhouse afterwards.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth and the Mets up 3-2, and the Cubs put two men on with Javy Baez coming to the plate. Reliever Seth Lugo was allowed to face him and gave up a three-run home run that ultimately proved decisive as Chicago salvaged the series finale.

After the defeat, Callaway and starting pitcher Jason Vargas took offense to something said by a reporter, and things got heated.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the reporter in question was Newsday’s Tim Healey, and Callaway accused him of being an antagonist. Another reporter, Justin Toscano of The Record, indicated that Healey simply told Callaway that he’d see him tomorrow.

Earlier, Callaway had sparred with a different reporter over questions regarding his usage of closer Edwin Diaz.

It certainly appears that frustrations have completely boiled over for the 37-41 Mets. The initial questioning, at least, was completely legitimate, and Callaway’s terse response was unwarranted. It’s unclear what was said to spark the major incident, but it’s a terrible look for the Mets. The manager had already been on the hot seat with some observers with a possible interest in the job being critical of what’s happening there, and this won’t help.

10 best aces in MLB this season

Chris Sale

Any MLB team will feel better if they have a dominant ace pitcher they can turn to every fifth day. These aces can stop a losing streak or prolong a winning one. Overall they make everyone feel better about their chances at least once or twice a week. Aces are even more valuable in the playoffs, where a dominant pitcher can theoretically pitch three times in a best-of-seven series, making his team an incredibly tough out in October.

There are always ups-and-downs during a season, and players performing well early in the season could fade late. But for now, here is a list of the ten best ace pitchers in baseball currently.

1) Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Sale is already proving to be well worth the prospect expenditure that the Red Sox surrendered to acquire him in the offseason. He’s walked into Boston — a tough market in a tough ballpark in a tough division — and only gotten better. His strikeout rate is at an all-time high, having fanned 12.46 per nine — that’s 126 strikeouts in 91 innings, including eight consecutive starts in which he struck out ten batters or more.

Sale has earned praise from arguably the best Red Sox pitcher of all time, and he shows no sign of stopping. He strikes out a ton of batters, doesn’t walk many, and is an uncomfortable at bat for righties, much less lefties who have to deal with his unorthodox delivery and wipeout slider. He, too, is only 28.

The Red Sox have a stud leading their staff for years to come.

2) Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers