Luke Scott Talks His Way out of the KBO and Other Notes
Former Oriole and Ray Luke Scott just got canned by the SK Wyverns of South Korea’s KBO after calling a team coach a “liar” and “coward.” The dispute involved how Scott’s plantar fasciitis was being handled — the team wanted to put him on the injured list, but Scott wanted to stay active and work on the problem in his own way.
Scott has a history of expressing pretty unsavory personal beliefs, but I’m not sure that makes him the bad guy here, as some commentators have suggested. It’s not particularly surprising that Scott, as a veteran player, wanted more control over how his injury was handled, or that Korean baseball still has more of a top-down attitude than MLB. The fact that Scott apparently went out of his way to get the South Korean media in the dispute wasn’t the kind of conduct that plays well in any professional baseball league, though.
Scott got off to a fine start in KBO, but he hadn’t played much since about mid-May because of injuries that are hardly surprising from a 36 year old ballplayer. I don’t know if releasing him gets the Wyverns out of his remaining contract, but they can at least someone younger and healthier.
The Blue Jays claimed Brad Mills today off waivers, which means that, by my count, at least eight American League teams passed him up before the Blue Jays made their claim. Doesn’t seem right after the way Mills pitched in AAA and in three starts for the Oakland A’s this year. Mills deserves at least two or three more major league appearances before he gets sent down to the minors again.
One of my old favorites Dontrelle Willis still isn’t ready to call it quits. Willis made two brief relief appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants) in April, the Giants released him following what seemed to be another arm injury. However, he’s just re-signed to play for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent-A Atlantic League, a league in which he pitched effectively last year. Keep trying, Dontrelle — maybe that old soup-bone will come back!