‘It’s part of the business’: Why Clayton Richard doesn’t mind that he got released on his birthday

Clayton Richard’s 2019 season with the Toronto Blue Jays wasn’t exactly one to write home about.

After joining the organization in a December trade for minor-league outfielder Connor Panas, the lefty stumbled through inconsistencies, stints on the injured list, and a confusing campaign that’s probably best forgotten.
All in all, he pitched to an ERA of 5.96 in 45.1 frames spread across 10 starts, striking out 22 and walking 18. He spent nearly two full months on the injured list and won just a single start.
But, through all that, his tenure with the Blue Jays will probably be best remembered for the circumstances under which it ended.
On September 12th, the day of his 36th birthday, the Lafayette, Indiana native was released. Almost comically, the team wished him a happy birthday on Twitter hours before announcing his release. Fans and media personnel questioned the team’s handling of the situation, concerned primarily for the lack of empathy shown towards the turned free-agent hurler.
Richard though, wasn’t exactly bothered by the way things ended.
“It’s part of the business,” he told Blue Jays Nation. “If you as an organization look at how a transaction affects a player’s personal life, I …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

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