Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Reds prospect arrested for “allegedly knocking a woman unconscious with a rock”


Reds prospect and 2012 second-round draft pick Tanner Rahier was arrested Saturday in Arizona and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say “he allegedly knocked a woman unconscious with a rock outside a restaurant.”

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Rahier, 21, allegedly threw a rock at a woman in the parking lot outside Pullano’s Pizza following an argument. According to, the woman had been dating Rahier for about a month and was with him at the restaurant, which is about 25 miles northeast of the Reds’ spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona.

According to the report, Rahier was intoxicated and refused to pay his bill when he started to argue with the woman, whose name was not released. She managed to get Rahier outside into the parking lot, where he reportedly began throwing rocks at her.

Rahier ran from the scene and then, when police caught him, claimed he wasn’t intoxicated and he didn’t know the woman.

On this date 20 years ago: Michael Jordan quit baseball

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Baseball historian Chris Jaffe points out that today is the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan quitting baseball, noting that “he went back to his previous line of work.”

People always mock Jordan’s one-year baseball career and I suppose that’s to be expected when the best basketball player of all time leaves the sport he’s dominating to spend a year struggling at Double-A, but it always seemed to me that Jordan’s baseball performance was actually kind of impressive.

He played 127 games as a Double-A outfielder in the White Sox’s farm system–with Terry Francona as his manager–hitting .202 with three homers, 51 walks, 30 steals, and a .556 OPS. Make no mistake, that’s awful. FOR A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER. Jordan was a 31-year-old non-baseball player who hadn’t played the sport regularly in more than a decade and had never played the sport regularly above the high school level.

So yes, you could say “he quit basketball to hit .202 at Double-A?” or you could say “he took up professional baseball at age 31 without any experience above high school and somehow managed to hit above .200 with multiple home runs, an above-average walk rate, and lots of stolen bases!” Or you could just say “Jordan has a higher career on-base percentage at Double-A than Drew Butera!”

Baseball is super hard and what Michael Jordan did during his one year playing the sport professionally is more impressive than he gets credit for.

Edwin Encarnacion out 4-5 days with back injury

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Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion will be sidelined for at least 4-5 days after an MRI exam on his injured back revealed inflammation.

Encarnacion has had some previous back issues, but a week off has always done the trick and the Blue Jays are hopeful it’s once again nothing major.

Slated to be Toronto’s everyday designated hitter this season, Encarnacion hit .268 with 34 homers last season despite missing six weeks with a quadriceps injury and topped a .900 OPS for the third consecutive year at age 31.