Usually, the golden rule of the sports media is exclude any family talk. They don’t play the game, so honestly they’re irrelevant to the scoop.
But, Denny McLain is not the normal “media” member. In fact, he’s not a media member at all.
He appears on random sports talk shows in Detroit to take shots at former teammates, opponents, or anything that’s on his mind.
So when the 69 year-old former pitcher appeared on the Doctor and Bentley Michigan radio program Thursday, he continued his old ways. In regards to the Tigers recent trade of first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers, McLain hinted at “domestic issues”. He implied there was nastiness between Fielder and a “player or two” in the Tigers clubhouse.
He might have been alluding to Prince’s recent divorce from his wife. But, who knows. You see Denny McLain is a lying, gambling, extorting, felon, who happens to be the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season.
His involvements with bookmaking and organized crime go back to 1970, which include baseball suspensions, and silent partnership in a gaming ring, which eventually resulted in federal incarceration in 1974 for drug trafficking, embezzlement, and racketeering with the likes of John Gotti Jr. In 1994, he went back to the clink for involvements with embezzlement, mail fraud, and conspiracy connected to theft of a $2.5 million pension fund of Peet Packing Company.
Let’s take McLain’s “info” with a grain of salt. He might be right, but his ethical background is shady at best.