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.

 

 

 

A 30-year-old rookie won his major league debut

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The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.

That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.

Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.

The Nationals could pursue Sonny Gray

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.

The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.

Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.