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Twins third baseman Miguel Sano accused of sexual assault

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This morning a woman named Betsy Bissen, a photographer for the Minnesota Twins website, Twins Daily, alleged that Miguel Sano assaulted her a few years ago.

Bissen offered a detailed account of the incident appended to a tweet, which is reproduced below. In it she said that a few years ago Sano was at an autograph signing at a store at which she volunteered. He recognized her from the games she worked as a photographer and approached her. After the signing, Sano grabbed her wrist and forced her to accompany him to a nearby Apple Store. There, through a doorway near the restrooms, he tried to kiss her multiple times and continued to hold her, forcibly and painfully, by her wrist, in an effort to get her into the bathroom with him. She said the struggle lasted for 10 minutes, and her screams for help went unanswered.

“No, he didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me,” she writes. “When I said no, it should have been the end of it. He should have respected that and stopped. Instead he hurt me and kept going.”

Sano is just the latest high-profile figure alleged to have committed misconduct of this nature, and the second man in baseball to be so accused in the past week, following the revelations regarding former MLBAM chief Bob Bowman.

Neither the Twins, Sano nor Major League Baseball have yet responded to Bissen’s story.

 

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.