Pablo Ozuna media circus about to begin

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Pablo Ozuna has been suspended for violating the PED policy:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that
Philadelphia Phillies Minor League infielder Pablo Ozuna has received a
50-game suspension after showing an elevated
Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio, a performance-enhancing substance
violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Oh great. Now we’re going to get a week of moral outrage from
columnists and TV talking heads, awkward press conferences, and a
nation clamoring for an apology that will never come. And of course, we
get to relive it all in seven or eight years when Ozuna’s comes
eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Damn you, steroid scourge!! Damn you!!

Chris Woodward interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial position

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The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.

Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.

While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.