At least what Homer Bush thought it implied.
“Broke” is the ESPN documentary which aired on Tuesday night about athletes, well, going broke. Former Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins infielder Homer Bush was on it, and he’s angry about how he was portrayed. He says he is not broke, that ESPN made him look like he was and that he is doing just fine and working as a financial advisor. He says:
“I can’t tell you how disappointed I was in the show, and how my faith in basic humanity has been shaken.”
OK, I didn’t see “Broke,” so I have no idea how Bush was portrayed. Among you who saw it: was Bush really made out to be broke? Because I have a hard time believing that ESPN would straight fudge something like that, especially because, based on what others are saying (including TV professional types I’m with at NBC today here in Connecticut), it was really well done.
It’s entirely possible that Bush was cast in an inaccurate light, but it seems more likely to me that Bush is just mad at being an athlete about a show with broke athletes and is worried about being associated with that.
But please: people who saw it, chime in in the comments.
The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.
Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.
In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.
The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.
This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.