Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released relief pitcher Olivio Astacio for what they called a “significant violation of organization policy.” Of course, no one knows what the hell that means exactly and it could have very well meant something like sleeping under the Roberto Clemente statue outside the stadium or something insignificant. Well, as it turns out it wasn’t anything like that. It was something just a little more serious. Olivio attacked another player with a baseball bat and unlike most pitchers, actually made contact.
Well, here is a guy you can cross off your Bowman Chrome autograph list.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
WASHINGTON — The reason the Pirates released pitching prospect Olivo Astacio, two sources confirmed yesterday, was that he attacked another player with a bat earlier in the week during extended spring training in Bradenton, Fla.
Astacio and the other player were having an argument, the sources said, and Astacio struck the player’s leg with a swing of his bat. He swung again and missed before the incident was broken up.
The other player — who was not identified — is not seriously injured, and no charges have been filed. But Pirates management, already wary of Astacio’s troubled past throughout his professional career, promptly released him Thursday.