Pitcher Matt Dermody, who played for the NC Dinos last year and signed with the Boston Red Sox this year, has been designated for assignment (DFA).
“Boston has designated Dermody for assignment,” Major League Baseball’s Trade Rumors reported on Monday (Aug. 9). The Red Sox will remove Dermody from the 40-man roster to make room for outfielder Adam Duvall, who will be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
Dermody signed a minor league deal with the Cubs last year after playing for the Seibu Lions in 2021, then joined the NC Dinos ($220,000) in August of that year, going 3-5 with a 4.54 ERA in eight games. This year, Dermody signed a minor league deal with Boston and tried again to make it to the majors.
Dermody was finally called up to the majors on September 9th and started, but something happened before the game. It was later revealed that Dermody had posted homophobic comments on social media in 2021 while playing for the Seibu.
Dermody, who is known to be a Christian, wrote, “Homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God. They will go to hell. This is not my opinion, this is the truth. We all need to search our hearts and ask Jesus for forgiveness and repent of all our sins,” Dermody wrote.
According to the Washington Post, Boston team president Sam Kennedy said on Aug. 8: “We only learned of the social media post after we signed Dermody in January. We addressed the issue with Dermody. He, along with all minor leaguers, went through mandatory anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training in March.”
“We cannot restrict the religious beliefs and political views of our players or employees, but we do require that they treat everyone in our organization and on our ballpark with respect and as professionals.”
“Obviously, a lot of people don’t agree with what he wrote,” Boston manager Alex Cora said ahead of Dermody’s appearance. I’m not one to tell him what to say, but one thing is for sure, players need to be inclusive when they put on the uniform,” Edler said.안전놀이터
Dermody told reporters after the game, “I apologize for my social media posts because they hurt a lot of people. I was deepening my faith at the time. But hurting people is the last thing I want to do. Many people think I hate and oppose certain groups, but I want everyone to go to heaven,” he said.
In the end, however, Dermody would find another team for the last time on September 9, when he allowed three runs on four hits (two home runs) with one walk and one strikeout in four innings of work for the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.