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Mitch Williams takes leave of absence from MLB Network

Mitch Williams takes leave of absence from MLB Network
Mitch Williams, shown as a pitching coach with the minor league Atlantic City (N.J.) Surf in 2001, is taking time off from his role as an analyst on the MLB Network. (Chris Polk / Associated Press)

Mitch Williams won't be talking about baseball on TV for a while.

The former All-Star pitcher known as Wild Thing will be taking a leave of absence from his job as an analyst for the MLB Network, the channel said in an email to the New York Daily News.

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"Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time," a representative for the network wrote. "We are continuing to look into the matter."

It might be a good idea if Williams also takes some time off from coaching youth baseball, at least if reports from a recent tournament are true.

On Friday, Deadspin.com

reports of Williams being ejected from a game after a profanity-laced tirade, ordering one of his pitchers to hit an opposing batter and harassing coaches and players on the other team, including calling one boy a horrible, unprintable name.

Days before the story broke, Williams wrote on Twitter: "I regret what happened at this weekend's tournament & apologize. I love baseball & coaching" and "I did not curse at the umpire & will walk away in the future. Again, I apologize."

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