Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster, a man who once as a player was called for interference for getting down on his hands and knees and blowing a bunt attempt foul, is saying that the media attention that has attended Jose Hernandez's unintended run at the single-season strikeout record, "is kind of making a mockery of it'' and that his player "won't be laughed at.''
Royster pulled Hernandez from yesterday's lineup. He seems to be hinting that that will continue if the media do not behave:
"To be honest with you, I don't care if he played another game,'' Royster said. "I can tell you one thing -- there's no need for him to play. I don't have a plan to sit him the rest of the season, and I don't have plans to play him. If we need him, he will play.''
Look, Jerry, you're lucky if the world is only laughing at your shortstop not your whole pathetic team. Besides Hernandez just went three games without a K, tying his longest streak of the year.