While Chuck Knoblauch picked up four all-star appearances in a 12-season MLB career with the Twins, Yankees and Royals, mostly as a second baseman, many remember him most for the inability to throw to first he developed during his time in New York. That inaccuracy even led to him hitting Keith Olbermann’s mom in the stands during a 2000 game, and it’s been described as “the yips,” struggles performing a sport’s mundane tasks, which eventually led to Knoblauch being reassigned to designated hitter and then left field. (Katie Baker had an excellent 2014 Grantland piece on the yips and the variety of sports they’ve shown up in.) Thus, when Knoblauch went on a Twitter rant against CBS/SI/Nerdist writer Jonah Keri Thursday after Keri said baseball’s unwritten rules against celebrations are silly in an appearance on MLB Network’s High Heat, Keri had the perfect response ready to go:

There are plenty of other reasons to criticize Knoblauch, from his 2010 guilty plea to assaulting his common-law wife to his admission to using HGH (after Brian McNamee and Jason Grimsley had both named him as a user) to his 2014 arrest on charges of assaulting his ex-wife (a different woman), but the throwing one seems particularly apt here given the forum and the nature of Knoblauch’s silly “never played the game” comments. There were some good responses from other Twitter users, too:

It’s worth pointing out that this less-than-stellar tweet isn’t the only questionable one Knoblauch’s sent recently. He seems to spend most of his time promoting some sort of social media service called MADD (maybe they haven’t been sued by the real MADD yet because they’re so off-the-radar?), even tweeting it at celebrities:

Apparently, Knoblauch’s MADD talent doesn’t extend to winning Twitter fights, though. Maybe he should work on his accuracy, or just give up and head out to left field.

[Jonah Keri on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.

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