Mike Cameron's release from the Marlins on Tuesday was the result of an altercation with a flight attendant on the team's charter flight, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The verbal altercation "did not turn physical, but the charter company filed a complaint," writes Jackson. "The Marlins' front office believed it could not keep Cameron after the incident.
The Red Sox designated Cameron, 38, for assignment on June 30. He was subsequently traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later.
It's surprising considering Cameron has always ad a reputation as a good guy and well-liked clubhouse presence, but as Logan Morrison would probably tell you, weird off-field drama seems to be one of the stories of the Marlins' season.
Cameron has batted .203.285.359 in 78 games with the Red Sox and Marlins this season. He had previously hinted that he might retire after the season.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.