Reds' Pham calls out Trout's fantasy football commissioner skills
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham is ready to put his dustup with San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over fantasy football behind him but had some choice words for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout's role as their league's commissioner.
"Trout did a terrible job, man," Pham said while laughing, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale. "Trout is the worst commissioner in fantasy sports because he allowed a lot of (stuff) to go on, and he could've solved it all. I don't want to be the commissioner; I've got other (stuff) to do. (Trout) didn't want to do it. We put it on him, so it's kind of our fault too because we made him commissioner."
Pham served a three-game suspension for slapping Pederson before Friday's game over a dispute involving Pederson's use of an injured-reserve spot in their fantasy league.
Pederson showed reporters screenshots of text messages between him and Pham about the incident, including jokes at the expense of the San Diego Padres, who Pham played for in 2021.
Pham took exception with Pederson's actions and said he made multiple digs at the Padres.
"He's sent a few," Pham said. "It's more than one, and I've got screenshots to prove it. He sent more than a few jokes aimed at me or the Padres. That was only one. There was about four or five."
The Reds made Pham a late scratch ahead of Tuesday's road game against the Boston Red Sox due to calf discomfort, but the 34-year-old said he's ready to move on from the incident with Pederson.
"That's something you really just put behind you," Pham said. "Everyone in that group chat, everybody knows. I've had some of those guys reach out to me. They already know what's up."
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