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Wil Myers contrite over online remarks on Green

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PHOENIX -- Padres slugger Wil Myers has apologized for an online video in which he's heard criticizing manager Andy Green for holding extra defensive drills before a game last week.

In the video, which has since been deleted, second baseman Carlos Asuaje -- currently with Triple-A El Paso -- is streaming himself as he plays Fortnite, a popular video game. Myers' voice is also heard in the stream.

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PHOENIX -- Padres slugger Wil Myers has apologized for an online video in which he's heard criticizing manager Andy Green for holding extra defensive drills before a game last week.

In the video, which has since been deleted, second baseman Carlos Asuaje -- currently with Triple-A El Paso -- is streaming himself as he plays Fortnite, a popular video game. Myers' voice is also heard in the stream.

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"The Padres are doing cutoff and relays tomorrow at 3 o'clock -- in September, dude," Myers is heard saying.

He continued: "Oh my god. It's so miserable, man. It's insane. Andy could not be any worse than he is right now."

"Dude," Asuaje interjects, "I'm streaming this."

Before their games on Thursday and Friday against Colorado, the Padres went through an assortment of fielding drills, which included cutoffs and relays. The drills, typically reserved for Spring Training, were an effort for a young team to hone its fundamentals after some recent mishaps.

Green and Myers met to discuss the incident Monday morning, and Myers expressed remorse.

"I love Andy, and I love playing for him," Myers said. "He's a guy that has taught me a lot in this game. At times, you get into a mood where you get frustrated, no matter what's going on with a team or individually, and you say some things you shouldn't say in a conversation that you think's private. The reality is, now we're in 2018. ... I'm incredibly sorry, obviously to Andy, to my teammates, to the fans. This is a distraction we don't need."

Both Green and Myers said the incident was quashed by their meeting. Green understood Myers' words were never meant for public consumption. In a long season, Green said, players often gripe privately about extra work. Who, Green added, hasn't complained about being assigned extra work by his or her boss?

"There were no excuses," Green said. "There was just ownership and an apology. There was, on my end, an understanding I've done the same thing to my boss at some point in time in my life. It just wasn't 2018, where everything's recorded or streamed live."

Myers' comments came after the Padres were swept in Los Angeles on Aug. 24-26. Green scheduled team defensive drills prior to last week's series against the Rockies -- a way to address a handful of recent fundamental breakdowns.

"For us, we're pretty determined to create some accountability and standards, and sometimes that asks for certain drills to be done at certain times of the year, even if it's not pleasant or fun or normal to do them at that time of year," Green said.

When Myers first saw the video of his comments on Twitter, he said, "My stomach dropped."

"I can't say those types of things, even if it is in private," Myers said. "Obviously, I'm terribly sorry about it. You can't complain about drills, especially when you're trying to get better. It was not even necessarily about the drill or Andy himself. That was just coming off being swept in L.A., and there was some frustration there."

Green, who played 11 professional seasons as a utility infielder, can relate to that.

"Chip Hale probably impacted my career more positively than any other professional coach or manager I've had," Green said. "I remember specifically complaining like crazy to teammates when he made me go out in August to do PFPs and turn double plays with pitchers in 120-degree weather in Tucson. I didn't understand that.

"I was upset, I was frustrated. I didn't want to do that. I complained. Does that make me the worst person in the world? No. It makes me just like pretty much everybody else that looked at their boss at some point in time and said, 'Why are you making me do this?' I think we've all done that."

Myers was in the lineup against Arizona on Monday, batting fifth.

Three weeks ago, Myers moved from the outfield to third base, where he's played every game since. Ultimately, the Padres have plans for him to become a versatile roster piece who can shift between third and the outfield, where he's spent most of his six-year career.

"He came in immediately today, apologized, took ownership, and at the end of the day, I love Wil," Green said. "Wil's worked incredibly hard to learn how to play third base. He's putting in work. He's not afraid of the work.

"We have different vantage points. His is focused on himself playing well. Mine is focused on the whole 25 guys -- or 28 guys, whatever. Sometimes we ask for everybody to be a part of something so some people can improve on it."

Thus far, it's been a struggle for Myers at third base, where he's committed five errors in 16 games -- though that was perhaps to be expected, considering the demands of the position. Myers is hitting .254/.310/.462 in 61 games this season, as he's spent time on the DL with arm, oblique and foot injuries.

Green is in his third season as manager of the Padres, who are 54-85 this year.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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