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Mat Latos freaked out a little bit after yesterday’s ugly outing

Mar 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

Mat Latos

It’s not quite Carlos Silva scuffling with a teammate in the dugout because the defense made an error behind him in an exhibition game, but Padres ace Mat Latos had a mini-freakout following a rough spring training start yesterday.

Don Norcross of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Latos, who has been known to get overly emotional about things in the past, “fired his glove against the dugout wall” and “took issue with an umpire’s strike zone” after failing to make it out of the second inning against the A’s.

Bud Black stressed afterward that he’s “not worried” about Latos’ outing, and rightfully so, but the manager did say some interesting things about the 23-year-old right-hander’s emotions in general:

I saw some frustration as the inning moved forward and you can’t pitch like that. Mat again was a little bit erratic. He just didn’t look comfortable. We’re going to have to make sure we iron out some things in the bullpen. For some players, it takes longer than others to get those emotions channeled.

As Carlos Zambrano will tell you, there’s a fine line between “bulldog” and “anger management classes.”

  1. jkcalhoun - Mar 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Just another guy with “Neverland Lostboys” across his jersey. He’ll be the same all year.

  2. xmatt0926x - Mar 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    I saw a show about him last year when the Padres were running away with the division in early summer. This guy has been a arrogant tool in all levels of baseball from high school to the majors. Apparently he finally tried to change his attitude a little while back when he finally noticed that he has been despised by his teammates on every level but I’m not sure someone can just flip a switch and change what they are about.

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