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


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.

Giants fans will have to pay a surcharge to park at Athletics games

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Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.

This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.

Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.