(Presswire)Everybody loves a good Twitter throwdown. I thought we might be in for one on Thursday afternoon when Colorado Rockies reliever Mike Ekstrom, who spent a little over a month in the big leagues before his demotion to Triple-A on Aug. 18, seemed to respond unfavorably to a tweet from the Denver Post's Troy Renck, who has covered the Rockies beat for a significant portion of their roller coaster existence.
But before we get too deep here, we'll take you back to where the awkward exchange stems from.
On July 19, Ekstrom received a short letter from the senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball, Mr. Joseph Garagiola Jr., warning him about two separate incidences in which he failed to complete his warmup pitches within the allotted 2:25 following a pitching change. In both cases, Ekstrom went well past the time constraints, and ultimately delayed the game by close to one full minute.
Crazy stuff, I know. If you want, you can read more details and actual letter over at Baseball Prospectus.
I'm not sure how often Major League Baseball sends these letters out, but I can't imagine Ekstrom is the only pitcher guilty of such actions. Then again, the others may not have delayed the game quite as long as he did, but it really didn't seem like all that interesting a development unless you needed some visual confirmation that MLB is indeed making efforts to speed up the game.
With that explained, now we go back to the exchange.Read More »from Twitter exchange: Denver Post’s Troy Renck has fun with Rockies’ reliever Mike Ekstrom over deliberate pace