Carl Everett reference timeline

DMZ · December 9, 2005 at 10:46 am · Filed Under General baseball 

An incomplete brief and quickly growing history of incidents
Which does not, at least yet, attempt to catalog comments about gay people, dinosaurs, et cetera

Drafted #10 overall by the Yankees in 1990. In 1992, the Yankees threw him to the Marlins. Everett slags the Yankees on his way out.

As a Marlin farmhand, gets into a confrontation with his manager. One account said that three coaches had to restrain him (there were three coaches at a AAA game?). He was suspended for not hustling and insubordination.

Also gets into some kind of dust-up on a team flight when someone puts their briefcase on Everett’s jacket.

Marlins dump him to the Mets for a player of no consequence.

Everett had a weird relationship with the Mets. Reading accounts of his time there, as an organization they seem split between “impressed with his ability and hustle” and “annoyed with his attitude and frequent dogging”.

In particular, Dallas Green thought little of Everett, and Everett seems to return the favor (and in this Everett’s got a lot of company).

This is where the child abuse comes up.

[For a more complete account on what went on, see this post]

The Mets dump him to the Astros. Everett slags New York and the Mets in interviews (and still does).

Everett has two productive years.

The Astros dump him to the Red Sox, supposedly as a cost-cutting measure. Later comments from people in the organization reveal that Everett had worn out his welcome.

Red Sox
The Red Sox sign Everett to a three year deal with option year.

Suspended ten days on 7/20/2000 for bumping (and probably head-butting, depending on which camera angle you watch and which account you read) umpire Ron Kupla during an argument in which Everett had to be restrained by others.

Gets into a screaming match 8/6/2000 with manager Jimy Williams coming off his suspension.

Fined in spring training (3/30/2001, $97,222) for missing the team bus (and general friction with his manager)

Ejected 8/15/2001 for throwing his bat at the feet of the homeplate umpire

Fined (but not suspended) for his 8/14/2001 when, facing Jamie Moyer, he gets into a heated exchange with the pitcher over Everett standing outside the batter’s box. When Everett later homers, he trots around the bases, staring at Moyer, and coming home grabs his crotch and spits. Moyer was not amused.

(Piniella later inexcusably does not call in his designated plunker to bean Everett in the butt)

Suspended four games 9/17/2001 after a “verbal altercation” with Joe Kerrigan which, according to press accounts at the time, was impressive for both volume and content. Everett had arrived late for a workout.

During his time with the Red Sox, Everett has several incidents where he has to be held back from writers. And other players, almost brawling with Darren Lewis in one incident.

Traded Everett to the Rangers 12/12/2001

Gets hit in the head by a cell phone 4/19/2003 thrown by a fan in Oakland. The fan gets charged (outcome unknown). Everett, who takes the phone and throws it over a wall and hits a stadium employee, is not charged.

Traded Everett to the White Sox 7/1/2003

White Sox
Let Everett go as a free agent.

Signed Everett in December 2003, traded him to the White Sox 7/18/2004

White Sox
Plays for the 2005 World Champion White Sox, though his performance is terrible.

Teammates on Everett, a summary
Players as a general rule don’t go after another guy in public. Many players, though, seem to genuinely like Everett, even as they may find him nutty. Some, it’s equally clear, don’t.

The majority of evidence that there are many players who don’t like him come from asides and anecdotes relayed by anonymous sources. In contemporary accounts, this is entirely reasonable, though perhaps as Everett asserts, a little cowardly.

However, the amount and consistency of those comments is hard to dismiss. I can’t believe that all those reporters, all those times, made up players telling them that they’re weirded out by Everett because he’s so crazy, that he had to be held back from fighting the hitting coach back in the cages (not a real incident), or whatever.

Organizations on Everett, a summary
Some, like the White Sox, are strong and public in their praise of Everett. No organization is equally vocal and public in criticism, but he’s been repeatedly dumped — even when a promising young player — for whatever they could get at the time.

On his recent not horrible behavior
It could be that Carl has become a better person, and so on and so forth.

However, I would submit this: if you went to go see Old Faithful, which blows up every 90m or so, and it didn’t go off on time… or the next hour… or the next hour… would you back away slowly, or would you go stick your head in the hole to see what’s up?


106 Responses to “Carl Everett reference timeline”

  1. mln on December 10th, 2005 4:59 am

    [sorry, ot]

  2. James T on December 10th, 2005 1:51 pm

    I think the timeline omits another blowup when he was a Met when Everett was thrown out of a game and threw his manager, Bobby Valentine, aside when Valentine tried to get between him and the ump.

    But, one pebble on the upside is that he gave hated Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy the sarcastic nickname by which he is now often known, “CHB”. Shaughnessy REVELED in making fun of Everett’s unusual religious beliefs. R-E-V-E-L-E-D. It was pretty disgusting. But Everett got a measure of revenge when he was recorded telling another Globe writer ” . . you or your curly haired boyfriend”. And the tape was played on both radio and TV in Boston as the Boston Medea was in full attack mode toward Everett. Dan Shaughnessy, by the way, is apparently NOT gay. But his hair does look like Bozo the clown’s with a perm. The irony of the macchiavellian slime Shaughnessy getting his joke nickname from an unsophisticated guy he picked on is kind of pleasant.

  3. Yuniesky on December 12th, 2005 1:06 pm

    Here’s Everett’s homophobic comments on gays. I can’t say I’ll boycott the team if they sign him–I love baseball too much–but I will definitely agitate for Bavasi’s firing if it happens.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2005
    White Sox’s Everett opines on gays, Wrigley, steroids

    ——————————————————————————– news services

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Carl Everett, infamous for his run-in with umpire Ron Kulpa in 2000 while playing for the Boston Red Sox, sounds off on a number of issues in the July edition of Maxim magazine. Some of the highlights, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.


    • Everett has had gay teammates, whom he has accepted, but: “Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can’t produce a baby, two men can’t produce a baby, so it’s not how it’s supposed to be. … I don’t believe in gay marriages. I don’t believe in being gay.”
    • Wrigley Field is the worst park in the majors: “They need to implode Wrigley.”

    • Most baseball fans don’t know diddly: “Fan is short for fanatic — he’s crazy about something he really doesn’t know about. And it’s proven that 99 percent of baseball fans have no idea what they’re watching.”

    • Jose Canseco is a “bitter, ignorant individual.”

    • The congressional hearings examining steroid use were a waste: “We have a war going on — I have family in that war — yet we’re talking about steroids. … If everybody in the world got on steroids, we’ll still lose more kids to a war than we will from steroids.”

  4. goodbye baseball on December 12th, 2005 5:00 pm

    103. Sounds like Carl Everett and John Rocker need to hang out together.

    Carl, when you come to Seattle, maybe you can tell Rick Rizzs, Ron Fairly and Dave Henderson to explain the game better. Then we’ll have “a better idea of what we’re watching.” Maybe he really thinks everyone in the world IS on steroids.

    Now Jose Canseco may be a bitter, ignorant individual, but when a comment like that comes from Carl Everett (assuming he wasn’t misquoted), don’t you think that’s like, for lack of a better expression, the pot calling the kettle black?

  5. kronnyj on December 13th, 2005 10:28 am

    Carl Everett? Uhg, we’ve already had a Kevin Mitchell; do we really need him?

  6. John on December 16th, 2005 12:24 pm

    I emailed the M’s and a few of their sponsors to raise my objections on this recent hire, here is the M’s response.

    I’ll be taking my children to other ballparks this summer. Have fun without us.

    Dear John,

    Thank you for your email regarding the announcement that the Seattle Mariners have signed Carl Everett to a one-year contract. We welcome your comments and appreciate the passion with which you have expressed your opinion.

    We believe Carl Everett will be an asset to the Mariners both on and off the field. We are aware of the issues that Carl had in the past, but we believe he has dealt with them and has successfully moved on. We hope fans will give him a chance here in Seattle.

    As with every player we sign, Bill Bavasi and his staff have done a thorough job researching Carl. They have talked to numerous people throughout the game of baseball, including Ozzie Guillen, his manager last season. They are confident that Carl’s intensity, enthusiasm and competitive spirit will be a good for our team both on the field and in the clubhouse. As a switch-hitter, he will provide our lineup with versatility and the left-handed run production we need.

    In addition, we like that Carl was a big contributor to a World Series Championship team in Chicago last year, when he batted .251 with 23 home runs and 87 RBI. In the post-season, he batted .300.

    Once again, thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. We are looking forward to the 2006 season. We believe we have a good foundation in place with exciting young players like Felix Hernandez, Yuniesky Betancourt and Jose Lopez, and experienced veterans like Jamie Moyer, Richie Sexson, Adrian Beltre and Raul Ibañez. We still have work to do, but our goal is to become a championship caliber team as quickly as possible. We hope you will be there with us for all the excitement of Mariners baseball in 2006 and beyond.

    Seattle Mariners Fancare