Via the Trenton Times:
Jose Tabata batted sixth and played right field against Portland last night, one day after the Thunder prospect finished serving a three-game suspension for storming out of the clubhouse and going home moments after striking out in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 7-4 loss to New Britain.
Despondent over a horrendous slump that has dropped his batting average to a season-low .188, the 19-year-old Tabata was reinstated by the Yankees prior to going 0-for-3 in Thursday’s 5-4 setback to Connecticut at Dodd Stadium.
The suspension first was reported by Double-A blogger Mike Ashmore Sunday and confirmed by Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman prior to last night’s game against the Sea Dogs.
With no home runs, 12 RBIs and just three extra-base hits heading into the weekend, Tabata slammed his bat down in frustration following the strikeout Saturday afternoon.
According to team sources, Tabata bolted from the dugout and headed to his locker, where the talented but struggling Venezuelan quickly gathered his things and left the stadium.
The game did not end until the 12th inning.
By then, Tabata was long gone.
“I just felt like I had to go,” Tabata said in an exclusive interview with The Times yesterday. “It was a rash decision, but after talking to my wife, she asked me if this was really what I wanted to do and if leaving (the team) was the right decision to make. I thought about it a little and realized I am not a quitter. I was either going to face the consequences, learn from this and grow, or I was going to run away. So, here I am.”
Tabata admitted he contemplated going so far as to ask the Yankees for his release, a request that most assuredly would have been denied.
Hopefully, this is a learning experience for the kid and he does a one-eighty in the attitude department from here out.