On Tuesday, Reds prospect Ian Kahaloa — a fifth round pick in 2015 — was suspended for 50 games after he failed a second test for a drug of abuse. We see these sorts of suspensions among minor leaguers so often that they barely register anymore. This one, however . . . has a bit more to it.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that, prior to his suspension, multiple videos surfaced which appeared to show Kahaloa using recreational drugs — possibly cocaine — while wearing a Reds shirt. The videos appeared on SnapChat and were seen by Reds officials, who refer to them as “alarming” in the Enquirer story.
You can see two of the videos below, which first surfaced in mid-March, and which were posted to Twitter by a Reds fan who discovered them via Kahaloa’s SnapChat account, tagging MLB and the Reds to alert them. Note: the videos appear to show drug use and feature drug paraphernalia:
The Enquirer reports that, upon being made aware of the videos in March, the Reds removed Kahaloa from spring training. He is now in a drug treatment program.
That’s a good call on the drug treatment. What they’re going to do about his apparent intelligence and judgment issues are another story entirely.
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.