May 28, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) gets ready in the dugout before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve read about Tommy Pham slapping Joc Pederson, you likely blame one of two people. You either think that Pham went over the line or — less likely — that Pederson had it coming. But Pham has shifted blame to a third party — Mike Trout.

The slap stemmed from an incident in a fantasy football league that Pederson and Pham were both a part of. On Tuesday, Pham revealed that Trout was the commissioner of the league in question and dropped the ball on his responsibilities — seriously.

“Trout did a terrible job, man,” Pham said, laughing, per Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. “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 (bleeping) 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.”

As has been the case with everything in this story, MLB fans were quick to react.

If anyone has ever been a commissioner for a fantasy sports league, you know how thankless the job can be.

It is interesting that Pham didn’t want to be commissioner because he didn’t have time. But somehow the best player in baseball found time to make it happen. Being a Las Vegas big dog must really be a time-consuming venture.

This story is like an onion. Every different layer reveals something completely new. Now, though, we’re at a point where, while surprise may still be possible, shock is not. We past that point a long time ago. And we really can’t wait to hear what other outfielders get thrown into this.

[The Cincinnati Enquirer]

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