From the AP:
Florida Marlins officials were unhappy to hear that their manager last year, Joe Girardi, gave rival pitcher Jon Lieber helpful tips during the season.
Lieber said his season with the Philadelphia Phillies turned around shortly after he was roughed up by the Marlins last July 31, and he credits a phone call from Girardi, a former major league catcher. They played together with the Chicago Cubs from 2000-02.
“He just mentioned that the hitters said everything that was coming in was just very flat,’’ Lieber told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I wasn’t on top of the ball like I should have been.’’
Both teams contended for the NL wild-card berth, and Lieber beat the Marlins twice in September.
Florida general manager Larry Beinfest declined to comment Tuesday, but another team official said the front office was angry about the matter. The official requested anonymity because Beinfest wouldn’t comment.
Is it a “helpful tip” when you tell a guy (on the other team) that the reason why he got pounded was because he was serving up meatballs to the plate?