For the second time in as many days, a major-league team aired its dirty laundry in front of anybody who happened to be paying attention. Right-hander Ken Giles of the Phillies had separate shouting matches with manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure in the visiting dugout at PNC Park on Saturday night.
On Thursday night, Wade Miley and Red Sox manager John Farrell also had a public argument. A contrite Miley has since apologized, saying he "lost" his mind, per the Boston Globe. Hey, it happens. Just not in front of thousands of people, usually. Hundreds of thousands of people, if you count TV.
A difference of opinion about tactics, reportedly, led to Giles openly defying the Phillies coaching staff while on the mound in the eighth inning of Philly's 1-0 extra-inning loss to the Pirates. Giles, described as "seething" throughout his appearance, got through his inning of work without allowing a run. But once he sat down in the dugout, Sandberg and McClure seemed quite unhappy with him. Per the Philadelphia Inquirer, Giles talked back in the heat of the moment, too, apparently not understanding the hierarchy.
The broadcast caught more screaming that you can link to. Not a good look for the Phillies -- even though this sort of thing happens much more often than we realize over the course of a long season. The dugout might seem semi-private in the heat of a game, but it's an open pit, and you're likely to get skewered if you bring attention to yourself with something like a shouting match.
Giles is known as a guy who pitches with emotion. Like Aroldis Chapman, he throws about 100 mph; unlike Chapman, he doesn't always do it in a cool, collected fashion (Chapman somersaults aside).
Pitching with emotion is great, but acting out and screaming at a coach and manager, and forcing them to dress you down even further, is not the way to go. This is obvious. What isn't obvious but should be troubling: Giles doesn't appear to trust the Phillies coaching staff. A player with trust shouldn't blow up because of an intentional walk. It's a problem for the Phillies, even if Giles is in the wrong in terms of protocol.
Via CSN Philly:
Manager Ryne Sandberg said Giles was frustrated with "some game situation."
"There was just some communication about some strategy," Sandberg said. "I thought he threw well. ... Everything is taken care of in house. Everything is fine."
Everything is fine. Just ... trust us.