Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler unloaded a series of grievances against Angel Hernandez on Tuesday, one day after the veteran umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes. Speaking to reporters, Kinsler said that Hernandez, who has been a major league umpire since 1993, "needs to re-evaluate his career choice" because he's "messing with baseball games." "I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is," Kinsler said, according to the The Detroit News. "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line. "If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball
At his core, Justin Verlander is not complex. Sure, there are the realities that have become embedded in the Detroit Tigers ace right-hander's personality: the baseball fame and the more famous fiancée, the mega millions salary and the life in the limelight, which can easily distract from the down-to-Earth demeanor that is often visible inside the Tigers clubhouse. On this night, he was only surrounded by a few familiar beat reporters inside the visitor's clubhouse at Globe Life Park. Verlander lounged in his chair, legs crossed, and transitioned with ease from the game that just happened – another Tigers loss, their ninth in the past 11 games – to a trade that might take place in the next couple weeks, or over the winter, or never.
It was an emotional return to the mound for Chad Bettis on Monday night. Bettis had been an anchor of the Colorado Rockies lineup last season leading the team in wins and innings pitched, but had not seen major league action yet this year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last November. Bettis said after the game that keeping his emotions in check was, understandably, one of the toughest parts of the night. "You try to get your mind clear because of the task at hand, and then to be hit with that emotion, it was unbelievable," Bettis said.