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Brad Penny released by Royals after punching wall in anger

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Brad Penny's days with the Royals are finished.
Brad Penny's days with the Royals are finished. (USATSI)

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The Royals released pitcher Brad Penny Friday, in a move that appears to have been two-fold.

First: Performance-based. Penny was a longshot to make the roster anyway, given that he'll be 36 this May and hasn't been productive for a full season since 2007. So he'd need to pitch well to have a shot. Through two outings, he's been knocked around the yard to the tune of 13 hits -- including two home runs -- and seven earned runs in four innings.

Of course, it would be pretty rare for a team to pull the plug after four spring innings. So the second reason? Hmm ...

On the bright side, at least Penny learned quite well from Crash Davis' advice to never punch with one's pitching hand.

[Obligatory note: Crash told Nuke when you get in a fight with a drunk at a bar to not punch with your pitching hand, but we can apply this to the wall, too, if for no other reason than to continue to spread Crash's gospel].

Still, an injury via punching the wall isn't a good look for anyone -- let alone a 35-year-old, 13-year veteran.

Penny had a 6.11 ERA (58 ERA+) and 1.82 WHIP in 28 relief innings for the Giants last season. He was an All-Star in 2006 and 2007 and finished third in NL Cy Young voting in '07. Since then, though, he has a 5.16 ERA (82 ERA+) in 533 1/3 innings.

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