Former Phillies closer Mitch Williams will be taking a leave of absence from his duties as an analyst for the MLB Network, according to the New York Daily News.
The decision comes in the wake of a story about Williams berating an umpire at a children's baseball tournament.
The story initially was that Williams had called an umpire at a Ripken Baseball event an obscene name in front of a group of 10-year-olds. Williams - for whom this is not the first instance of rage at a children's sporting event - responded, blaming the umpire for being too aggressive and that it was all on film.
@HitMeSEO to set the record straight. I was thrown out for laughing at a call.then the threatened to fight me.said pick a time and place.— Mitch Williams (@WildThingMLBN) May 11, 2014