What started with Joe Maddon insinuating San Francisco Giants reliever Shaun Anderson didn't belong in the major leagues if he couldn't control his fastball boiled over into full-blown irritation for the Los Angeles Angels manager.
Two nights after a pair of Anderson fastballs came in high and tight to star slugger Mike Trout (the second actually wound up behind him), another Anderson four-seamer came near the three-time American League MVP's head Thursday. Maddon wasn't so forgiving this time and jumped out of the dugout to plead his case to the umpiring crew in the name of player safety.
After the game, his comments regarding Anderson's abilities were more pointed.
"Enough is enough. This is the major leagues. There's a level of accountability here," he said, per ESPN. "I don't wanna use the word 'irresponsible' loosely, but in that situation, you pretty much knew it was gonna happen again. And I'm not accusing the guy of doing anything on purpose; I'm just saying he doesn't command his fastball enough in order to know where it's going."
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Even before Anderson threw the first pitch of the outing, Maddon said "my antennae were up."
"You just can’t permit it," he added. "You just cannot permit that to happen. You can’t. You cannot. Players get hurt like that."
Giants manager Gabe Kapler admitted Anderson was "a little jumpy" during the outing and said the wildness was unintentional.
Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon (70) argues with the umpires after a high pitch during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
Anderson made his big league debut last season, with a 5.44 ERA over 96 innings. Through 10 innings in 2020, the 25-year-old righty has issued ten walks with two wild pitches.
Trout had the last laugh of the at-bat by ripping Anderson's fourth pitch of the at-bat — this one in the strike zone — off the wall for a triple, inches away from being a homer.
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