Former MLB Player Slammed for Subtweet Criticizing Player for Having Day Off

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Farnsworth received widespread condemnation for a Monday tweet that criticized a player for sitting out a game because of "general soreness."

Though Farnsworth didn't mention him by name, the message was largely perceived to be about Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini, who is playing his first season since successfully fighting stage 3 colon cancer.

However, after a large social media backlash, Farnsworth posted Tuesday on Twitter that his original message was not about Mancini.

Farnsworth, who played for nine different teams from 1999 to 2014, wrote the following on Monday: "So I just saw that a MLB player didn't play today because of general soreness. Are you kidding me. It's September. Everyone is sore. If you can't play through soreness, you shouldn't be playing the sport. SMH!"

So I just saw that a MLB player didn't play today because of general soreness. Are you kidding me. It's September. Everyone is sore. If you can't play through soreness, you shouldn't be playing the sport. SMH!

— Kyle Farnsworth (@24_7Farnsworth) September 6, 2021

The former relief pitcher was quickly called out and roundly criticized, as well as mocked, for the tweet that many felt was about Mancini.

Taking a cheap shot at Trey Mancini?

• Hit on the foot the day before.
• Has calf soreness.
• Missed all of 2020 beating cancer.

Next time you question someone's toughness, do your research clown. He's tougher than you are - by far. https://t.co/ZkXfKd5UV3

— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) September 7, 2021

Mancini missed Monday's Labor Day game against the Kansas City Royals, due to what Orioles manager Brandon Hyde cited as "general soreness."

The 29-year-old Mancini is hitting .262 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI this season. He's played in 128 games.

Trey Mancini did not play today due to "general soreness."

If this is about Mancini, you must live under a rock if you think he's soft. https://t.co/7sEZe2fUNp

— Taylor Wirth (@WirthTM) September 7, 2021

Marcus Stroman, a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, defended Mancini on Twitter. Along with retweeting other people's critiques of Farnsworth, Stroman wrote: "My man @TreyMancini is a living legend. A true role model to the youth who has battled an incredible amount of adversity. Past players with poo-poo careers/opinions need to keep it down. He's a cancer survivor who beat the odds and is a blessing to society. Keep inspiring Trey!"

My man @TreyMancini is a living legend. A true role model to the youth who has battled an incredible amount of adversity. Past players with poo-poo careers/opinions need to keep it down. He's a cancer survivor who beat the odds and is a blessing to society. Keep inspiring Trey!

— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) September 7, 2021

Even some people who cover baseball professionally called out Farnsworth, including Fox Sports MLB analyst Ben Verlander.

This tweet was in regards to Trey Mancini. I just can't fathom sending this. You're referencing the guy that beat Stage 3 cancer and sat out all last year due to cancer treatment? That's really who you're talking about sitting out a game? Wow.. https://t.co/PJdmNTATZD

— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) September 7, 2021

Others took Farnsworth to task for questioning the conditioning of an everyday position player, never mind one that battled cancer.

Since he was a relief pitcher during his career, Farnsworth was not required to play nine innings a game over the course of a 162-game season. As one commenter said, "Hey Kyle, quick question: if soreness is so easy to play through why did you never pitch 162 games in a season? Thanks!"

An incident referenced by many commenters was when Farnsworth allegedly kicked an electric fan in a dugout after giving up six runs during a 2004 outing as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Farnsworth was subsequently placed on the injured list with a bruised and sprained knee.

Late August 2004: Kyle Farnsworth landed himself on the injured list when he lost a fight to an inanimate object. His team would then go on to fall apart in the second half of September and miss the playoffs. https://t.co/RG4OLvr6cx pic.twitter.com/EGDUmvX8cX

— Sam (@burner_sam3) September 7, 2021

At least a couple of people gave Farnsworth the benefit of the doubt that maybe he forgot Mancini battled cancer.

Yeah well that's the internet for you, more people will attack Kyle Farnsworth rather than being open to the possibility he forgot. I'm not deleting anything, I haven't said anything that is controversial lol.

— LABASED REPORT (@LABasedMLB) September 7, 2021

However, several people wondered why Farnsworth hadn't deleted the comment, if he was indeed referencing Mancini and forgot about his cancer battle.

One commenter wrote: "A perfect time to delete this tweet was the moment you found out you're trying to dunk on a guy who beat cancer for sitting out one damn game."

A perfect time to delete this tweet was the moment you found out you're trying to dunk on a guy who beat cancer for sitting out one damn game.

— Curls AKA Orel Hers (@curlsmcgee7) September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, Farnsworth returned to Twitter. He claimed he was not speaking of Mancini in his Monday tweet, but rather players in general who sit out for being sore.

"Let me clarify a tweet I posted yesterday. It was not directed toward Trey. His name was not mentioned in it," he wrote. "Cancer was not mentioned in it. It was directed to towards players who can't play through soreness. There may be a fan that comes to see you play that day. And you arent [sic]."

Let me clarify a tweet I posted yesterday. It was not directed toward Trey. His name was not mentioned in it. Cancer was not mentioned in it. It was directed to towards players who can't play through soreness. There may be a fan that comes to see you play that day. And you arent

— Kyle Farnsworth (@24_7Farnsworth) September 7, 2021
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Former MLB player Kyle Farnsworth is receiving backlash online for criticizing a player who recently battled cancer for sitting out a game. In this photo, Farnsworth is seen pitching for the New York Mets against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 26, 2014 in New York City. Getty