Team workouts were scheduled for 9 a.m. for the Rays on Sunday. Rays pitching prospects Blake Snell and Jacob Faria arrived at 8:28 a.m. Apparently, that was a little too late for Chris Archer.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Archer had the following to say:
“You guys are the last two pitchers here. You guys have zero service time. You got no right to be coming in after me, really. I get here super early. I wouldn’t expect you to be here at 6:30, but 8:30?”
Archer said he is passing down the legacy program passed down to him by Price and Shields, but I don’t recall public shamings. He did this in front of reporters, not privately. I like Archer, but is he taking things a little too far? Is that hair getting a little too big for his head? I’m fine with Archer speaking privately with the young players (even though, they were thirty minutes early, really?) but I don’t appreciate the public shaming. This stuff stays in the clubhouse.
According to the Times today, the young guys took it well:
I like Chris Archer, but this, not cool. What do you guys think?