Giants clubhouse cancer? Pierzynski clears air

July 5, 2012, 7:10 pm
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Chuck Garfien

While some players last their whole careers without making a single ripple of controversy, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been in the middle of the ocean, hanging ten on 20-foot waves, infamously surfing his way from one embroilment to the other.

Chief among them would be the notorious blowup that occurred in 2004 when Pierzynski was with the Giants. In a story that ran in the Oakland Tribune that season, Pierzynski almost caused a mutiny among the Giants pitching staff.

The pitchers arent happy with him. If they can trade him, that would be fine with me, one player said. Another called him a cancer.

Several pitchers questioned Pierzynskis work ethic. He was accused of giving his teams signs to the opposition and for criticizing Giants pitchers to the Padres' Phil Nevin while Nevin was hitting.

After years of speculation, Pierzynski wanted to set the record straight.

Basically one guy came out and said that.

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