Former White Sox Pitcher Claims Lack of Rules and Unprofessional Behavior within the Team
In a surprising turn of events, former relief pitcher Keynan Middleton has made shocking allegations about his previous team, the Chicago White Sox. Middleton has claimed that there were “no rules” within the team and that players would even sleep in the bullpen during games. These claims have stirred up a storm within the baseball community.
Middleton went on record stating that players would frequently miss team meetings and practices without facing any consequences. The ESPN network has reportedly backed up Middleton’s allegations, adding credibility to his claims. This revelation has raised concerns about the team’s level of professionalism and commitment.
However, White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn has come forward to dispute Middleton’s account. Hahn firmly denies the existence of players sleeping in the bullpen during games. He also accuses Middleton of unprofessional behavior himself, revealing that Middleton had apologized for his actions just a week ago. This contrasting statement from the team’s management has further fueled the controversy surrounding the team.
Another noteworthy claim made by Middleton is regarding a reported altercation within the team’s clubhouse. Middleton denies rumors that catcher Yasmani Grandal slapped shortstop Tim Anderson before the All-Star break. These allegations have highlighted potential tensions within the team, adding to the troubles they have faced this season.
According to Middleton, the White Sox’s issues existed even before Pedro Grifol took over as manager. These problems reportedly began during Tony La Russa’s final season. Middleton also criticized the team’s veterans, claiming that they failed to support the team’s development before the season began. These statements shed light on internal issues that may have contributed to the team’s poor performance.
The White Sox faced a challenging start to the season, losing 21 of their first 29 games, including a disastrous 10-game losing streak in mid-April. Two key players, Lance Lynn and Kendall Graveman, who missed spring training due to their participation in the World Baseball Classic, were cited as players who failed to help the struggling team. As a result, Lynn was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Graveman was traded to the Houston Astros at the trade deadline. These trades were aimed at revamping the team’s roster and improving their chances for the rest of the season.
It is worth noting that Middleton had a respectable performance during his time with the White Sox, maintaining a 3.96 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. However, he has since moved on to join the New York Yankees, who are coincidentally set to play against the White Sox in Chicago this week. This upcoming match has added an extra layer of intrigue to the situation, as Middleton’s former and current teams collide on the field once again.
As the baseball world awaits further developments, these allegations made by Middleton have shed light on possible internal struggles within the Chicago White Sox. It remains to be seen how the team will address and resolve these issues, and whether they will have any impact on their performance in the upcoming games. Forever Sports Online will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as they become available.
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