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Sportsnet fires former major leaguer Gregg Zaun for inappropriate conduct in the workplace

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Add former major league catcher Gregg Zaun to the list of high profile men losing their jobs for inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Andrew Pinsent of NEWS 95.7 Halifax reports that Sportsnet has fired Zaun, who was an on-air personality, following an investigation spurred by several women coming forward with complaints.

A public statement from president Rick Brace read:

This week, we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behaviour and comments by Gregg Zaun in the workplace. After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately. This type of behaviour completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We are grateful to our employees who spoke with us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.

Zaun, 46, has never been a stranger to controversy. In February 2015, he came out in favor of hazing younger players. Later that year, he went after the late Yordano Ventura, saying, “Show some respect and stop writing checks with your mouth that your skinny ass can’t cash.”

Last year, Zaun was introduced on-air with the term “manalyst” before ranting about how then-new rules implemented to improve player safety were turning baseball into a “sissy” game. Zaun also used the word “sissy” pejoratively on Twitter a bunch. Other cursory searches of his Twitter account show consistent casual misogyny.¬†Those who have followed Zaun’s post-playing career at all will not be shocked at the latest news.

Zaun spent parts of 16 seasons in the majors. His longest tenure came with the Blue Jays, spending five years with the team from 2004-08.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.