Tuesday, July 31, 2018

'Tyler, We Hardly Knew Ye'—NYY Cheap-Shot Artist Traded Away To Twinkies

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Tyler Austin, the Yankee cheap-shot artist whose April 11th "take-out" slide led to the Joe Kelly brawl, was traded to the Twins yesterday. So, the Red Sox pitching staff will have to wait until Spring Training down in Fort Myers to "see" the 26-year-old first-baseman again. After the Fenway brawl, when the Red Sox subsequently came to The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street, Austin was asked if he would seek out Kelly to talk things through. Said the new Twinkie, "No chance. I didn't know him beforehand, so I don't need to talk to him now. No. We're not talking. I don't think there's any need to talk." Maybe he'll be a little less "New Yorky" once he spends a little time in the Land Of Lake Wobegon. Hey, his personality can't get any worse. Austin hit just .230 over the last three seasons while wearing pinstripes, and was recently demoted to AAA. He was dealt for starting pitcher Lance Lynn—who has thrown very effectively against the Red Sox—which is probably the main reason Empire GM Brian Cashman went out and got him.