Lot of stuff going on with the Phillies here today, and an ex-Phillie is making news as well. Cliff Lee was ejected from a spring training game today for allegedly throwing at the head of Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder. Early in the game, Lee and Snyder collided near home plate as Lee was backing up a throw.
According to the Associated Press story, Lee threw an inside pitch with two out, then followed it up with a pitch over Snyder's head. Snyder walked toward the mound, and both benches emptied, although there were no punches thrown. Lee was eventually ejected, while Snyder remained in the game.
"I was trying to go inside and a couple got away from me and the guy hitting got mad and came close to the mound and I got thrown out of the game in the process," Lee said, according to the AP. "That's it in a nutshell."
Snyder's teammate, Mark Reynolds, labelled the actions "bush league."
"We were hitting him around a little bit and the next pitch was just uncalled for in that situation," Snyder said, according to the AP. "It's spring training. We've got a lot of young kids in the lineup just swinging the bats. If you're going to hit somebody, just stay below the waist. Don't headhunt. Don't do any of that. It's a bad reputation to have. It's bush league. Stuff like that doesn't need to happen anytime, especially in spring training."
Here's the story: