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Joe Blanton and pitching coach Mike Butcher had a heated exchange

Jul 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

Joe Blanton AP

Joe Blanton allowed four runs in four-plus innings of work this afternoon, ending his first half with a 5.53 ERA, the second-worst mark in the American League behind Wade Davis at 5.89. After Blanton was taken out after allowing the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning to reach base on a single, a walk, and a double, Blanton threw a temper tantrum in the dugout and got into a heated argument with pitching coach Mike Butcher. Teammates had to separate the two and the situation ultimately resolved without any further aggression.

Mike DiGiovanna tweeted about the incident:

You can also watch a clip of the incident on Instagram. (Tip of the cap to Jeff Fletcher.)

The Angels wrapped up their first half with a sweep at the hands of the Mariners, losing 4-3 today. They sit at 44-49, 11 games behind the first-place Athletics in the AL West.

  1. beerjunkie - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Haha Angels! All that money for 11 GB!

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      The ANgels have forced me to question my baseball judgement. I look at their roster and wonder how could they be so lousy?

  2. andreweac - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    It seriously looked like something out of Major League. Considering the Angels have the worst farm system in baseball, have more than $400 million in future payment liabilities and, outside of Trout, few young cost-controlled players (Trumbo is immensely overrated with only a .305 career OBP) it is safe to say the Angels are perhaps the most dysfunctional franchise in MLB.

    • hardballtalkusername - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      Agreed with you for the most part, but Trumbo is a solid player that will hit your 30 home runs, even if he is incredibly streaky.. Certianly not a star player, but a good 5th/6th hitter. In addition, the angels do have Bourjos under club control for a few more years, who has had a good year (albeit injury-ridden). They have Kendrick/Aybar on reasonable deals for the next few years as well, however, their farm system is absolutely terrible and they need to sell at the deadline to try and improve things. What’s interesting is if they had made no moves in the past 3 years or so, their team would look like this:

      Bourjos – CF
      Segura – 3B
      Trout – LF
      Morales -DH
      Napoli -1B
      Trumbo -RF
      Aybar -SS
      Kendrick -2B
      Conger – C

      Weaver
      Corbin
      Chatwood
      Skaggs
      Saunders

      Much better team

      • dirtydon - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Drool…maybe not a championship team, but a fun, young, exciting team. I’d take that roster all day long and twice on Sundays. Instead, I get to watch broken down old men essentially get paid for what they did on other teams.

      • notsofast10 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Tori Hunter too?

  3. chris1019 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    NL West huh? Nice

  4. lewp - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    The Angels need to get Josh to give Blanton some chew…it worked for josh…lol

  5. sabatimus - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    A heated exchange? You sure it wasn’t a ruckus? Could you describe the ruckus?

    • beelza - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      It was rough kiss that started the whole thing.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      It left my headpiece hanging.

  6. losanginsight - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    So does this make them buyers or sellers? The Jalos are never interested in acquiring good or even half way decent pitchers. Atleast Segura is doing good.

  7. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Blanton at his very best is the most mediocre pitcher there is, and you can bet he’ll be a long reliever by next season.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      Maybe the ANgels can call up Steve Trachsel and stage a pitch offf between tracks and Blanton. Even selll tickets.

    • bender4700 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      If he’s lucky. He’s terrible.

  8. xmatt0926x - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    To call Fat Joe Blanton mediocre is to insult all mediocre pitchers. That being said, thanks for the 2008 postseason Joe. You actually pitched well and went 2-0 on the way to a ring.

    Do we want you back though? Uhhhh……NO.

  9. bender4700 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    The argument happened before he was pulled. Unless there were two. In between the 3rd and 4th Blanton walked around pissed as if its everyone else’s fault he’s 2-12 and knocked a cooler over. Butcher got in his face. They were separated. Then Blanton went back in, after Trumbo homered to make it 1-3. Blanton put 3 on, no outs and gave up the game deciding run. He has to try to be this terrible. We need Hanson and Vargas back ASAP, and to get rid of Blanton. Take his 12 losses out and the Halos are above .500!!!!!

    • bender4700 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Inbetween the 4th and 5th**

      But the argument happened before he left the game. that was awkward. They have the argument, then he keeps pitching. Makes it tough to blame Joe alone, Soscia has to make an adjustment fast.

  10. chaseutley - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Blanton gets cranky when he’s hungry.

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