Rangers prospects likely to be charged with sexual assault of a teammate in a hazing incident

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On Friday, Ken Rosenthal reported  that Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers were investigating an alleged sexual assault that involving multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic. There were hardly any other details apart from the report that the alleged incident happened many months ago and that the players were on leave while they were being investigated.

Today Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has some details, and they involve a different set of alleged circumstances than many likely assumed: a hazing incident. Specifically, Passan reports that the players allegedly sexually assaulted an underage teammate in a hazing ritual which targeted players new to the team’s Dominican complex:

While prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have yet to press charges for the alleged assault, they told the court they intend to charge at least four players who held down a teammate and masturbated him, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Among the players expected to be charged are Rougned Odor, the younger brother of Rangers major league star Rougned Odor (yes, they have the same name) and top catching prospect Yohel Pozo.

Passan’s story has specific details, including the description of a video involving the alleged incident. He also talks about the culture of hazing in Dominican Republic and Venezuelan baseball circles.

A pretty disturbing story which will likely have far-reaching repercussions.

 

 

 

Must-Click Link: Remembering Eddie Grant the first major leaguer to die in combat

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As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.

The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.

Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.

Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.

The Indians are unveiling a Frank Robinson statue on Sunday

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The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday.

Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in fact. He spent two years in that role and then a third year — a partial year anyway — as a manager only. Robinson would go on to manage the Giants, Orioles and the Expos/Nationals, compiling a career record of 1065-1176 in 16 seasons. He is now a top MLB executive.

Robinson was, of course, a Hall of Fame player as well, lodging 21 seasons for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He won two MVP awards and hit for the Triple Crown in 1966. Overall he hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. For an inner-circle Hall of Famer with that kind of resume he is still, strangely enough, underrated. I guess that happens when your contemporaries are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.

Anyway, congrats to Frank Robinson for yet another well-deserved honor in a career full of them.