December 20, 2012

New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, apologized Tuesday for using an anti-gay slur on his Twitter account last week, the New York Post reported. Before answering questions on an introductory conference call with New York media, Syndergaard, 20, called the tweet to fellow minor-leaguer Dayton Marze “a poor attempt at humor.” Syndergaard—acquired Monday along with Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck and minor league outfielder Wuilmer Becerra in the trade that sent Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner, to the Blue Jays—wrote: “@DMarze89 nice crocs f** lol.” On Tuesday, he said: “I had a mishap on Twitter that was brought to my attention this morning. I apologize for anything that was said. My buddy and I were having some fun, and it was a poor attempt at humor. “I’m sorry for what I said. I hope I didn’t offend anyone. I’m also sorry my first introduction as a New York Met had to be like this.’’