Author: Craig Calcaterra

Bud Selig

Bud Selig talks about what MLB is doing to create a domestic violence policy


Last night, following his bestowing of a major award on Derek Jeter, Bud Selig spoke from Yankee Stadium about baseball’s work on a domestic violence policy.

Specifically, he said that Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Dan Halem and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark had been meeting to discuss a framework for how to deal with cases, as well as meetings with “various groups seeking input,” which one hopes and presumes to be anti-domestic violence groups and womens organizations.

Selig’s comments:

“We’re going to be very proactive in that area. Baseball is a social institution and needs to deal with things like this directly. And we will . . . We’ve been having meetings with various organizations — two a day starting last Friday. And had a couple more today and a couple more tomorrow. And talking to the Players Association about it.”

Sounds good to me. As we’ve discussed, coming up with a policy will not be an easy task. But as long as the league is working with the union and getting input from people who know way more about the topic than Major League Baseball does as opposed to hastily coming up with something simply to get in front of the next bad bit of P.R. that comes its way, it’s a good thing.

Bud Selig says A-Rod will “have a clean slate” once his suspension is over

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While cameras will follow his every move and while pearl-clutching columns will no doubt be written, when Alex Rodriguez reports to spring training next February he will be just like any other player in the eyes of Major League Baseball. That’s what Bud Selig said yesterday. From the Daily News:

And outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said that when a player returns from a suspension, he has a clean slate in the eyes of the league.

“They do in my eyes. I’ve said that to a lot of players,” Selig said at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, a visit that’s part of his farewell tour of all 30 MLB parks. “Listen, we’re a social institution. A guy does something, he gets disciplined, he comes back. We shouldn’t keep penalizing him.”

That’s right. Only baseball writers can do that.

Of course, another part of being treated like anyone else is being subject to being DFA’d if your current team doesn’t like you or want you. And that’s going to be the real A-Rod story of the offseason and spring training. As Selig said, “whatever happens between Alex and the Yankees will happen. It’s up to them now.” I have no clue what’s going to happen there.

On the one hand, I can see the Yankees just cutting ties. The thinking being that whatever the Yankees of the 20oos and 2010s have been, they ceased to be with the suspension, two non-playoff seasons and the retirement of Derek Jeter. Alex Rodriguez was a giant pain in the ass, he is now old, he is no longer any kind of bet to be an All-Star caliber performer and no one really needs the headache.

Part of me wonders, however, if someone on the Yankees will think “well, maybe there’s a chance he can still hit,” will look around and realize that there isn’t any kind of real offensive talent on the roster anyway and decide that they’ll at least give him a look-see in spring training.

It’s anyone’s guess, really. I feel like there are equal chances of him playing in New York, playing for some other team, being given a fair shake only to show that the age and layoff eroded his skills too greatly or showing that he can still play yet being given a total defacto blackball a la Barry Bonds and never playing baseball again anyway.

How mature. The Giants are boycotting a reporter for doing his job.

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With the full disclosure that the reporter in question, Andrew Baggarly, works for, which is part of the Comcast/NBCUniversal family which also puts out this blog and employs this blogger, I bring your attention to a silly little display by the San Francisco Giants.

It seems that they are boycotting Baggarly because he reported something which no one on the Giants is refuting. From Henry Schulman of the Chronicle:

Pagan was not immediately available for comment. Before Bochy spoke, Pagan abruptly cut short a group interview because of the presence of one beat reporter whom he and other players say they will boycott, angry over something he wrote.


More explanation from Bay Area Sports Guy:

Apparently the team has decided en masse that they won’t speak to any members of the media if Andrew Baggarly is present. Multiple sources have told me his report about an argument in the clubhouse between Sergio Romo and Shawon Dunston precipitated this “boycott.”

This is Baggarly’s report, which is newsworthy, not sensational and which has not been refuted by anyone.

We’ve seen this sort of thing in the past, most notably with the Seattle Mariners back in 2010. It’s never a good look for a team, especially a team that is scuffling as it approaches the playoffs like the Giants are. It’d be one thing if the reporter in question was engaging in shady muckraking, but Baggarly is among the best in the business. If anything, he has erred on the side of caution more than good journalistic ethics even require. And even if you have a problem with a reporter, every team employs media relations people whose job it is to work with the credentialed press and smooth over difficulties like this specifically so that players and reporters aren’t sparring with each other in such a fashion.

The Giants face elimination tonight against Clayton Kershaw. One would hope that their focus is more on that than on silly little pissing matches with a working reporter who is just doing his job.

(h/t Deadspin)

A fan on Twitter asked Jason Kipnis for tickets. Kipnis hooked him up.

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The Indians are, technically speaking, in a playoff race. Yet they still can’t draw people to Progressive Field. That’s a shame as it’s a nice park and a more than decent club. But Jason Kipnis did his part to get some people to the ballpark yesterday:

Now if seven or eight thousand other dudes would tweet at him like this, that park would be rocking.

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Pirates 3, Braves 2: You all can have your champagne. Andrew McCutchen is going to smoke a victor cigar, Red Auerbach-style, as the Pirates make it into the playoffs for the second year in a row. McCutchen scored twice and Gerrit Cole overcame a couple of early runs to pitch seven solid innings. The Pirates are still technically alive for the division title, and at the moment they’re only one back of St. Louis in the loss column. But even if they don’t do that, at the moment hold the advantage for home field for the wild card game.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3: Miguel Cabrera lined a walkoff single to keep the Tigers ahead of the Royals for another day. This after David Price, trying to complete a shutout in the ninth, allowed three runs to tie things up. Joe Nathan stopped the bleeding (how novel) before the Tigers strung together a single, a walk and Cabrera’s single to win it.

Royals 7, Indians 1: Yordano Ventura shut the Indians out for seven innings and the bottom half of the Royals lineup did the damage, with Alex Gordon, Sal Perez and Omar Infante driving in two a piece. In other news, can someone tell me why Alex Gordon and Sal Perez are hitting sixth and seventh? Is this some weird psychological experiment or something? I’ll cop to not watching a ton of Royals games recently, but last I checked those are two of Ned Yost’s better hitters, even if they’re slumping or whatever.

Angels 2, Athletics 0: Oakland drops one, but it’s nowhere near as big a deal given Seattle’s recent skid. The A’s are now tied with Kansas City in the wild card standings. Which is OK for everyone but A’s fans, as I’m pretty sure all of civilized society outside of Oakland would prefer the wild card game to be played in Kauffman Stadium instead of the Coliseum.

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 2: Seattle is imploding at exactly the wrong time. Four straight losses when they had every opportunity to grab a wild card spot. Now they sit three back with five days left in the season. And this one came with Felix Hernandez on the hill. He was rocked for eight runs and couldn’t escape the fifth inning. In addition to the M’s playoff chances, you wonder if this kind of outing kills King Felix’s Cy Young chances too. Corey Kluber has a lot of support these days, and way more people were watching this M’s game than normally watch M’s games this time of year.

Dodgers 4, Giants 2: The Dodgers keep their margin over the Giants and stand one win away from clinching the NL West. This one was not uneventful, as Madison Bumgarner hit Yasiel Puig in the left foot with a low-and-inside pitch which led to the benches clearing. After that Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer. Justin Turner homered twice. Dude is hitting .333/.397/.482 on the year. Sure, he doesn’t even have 300 at bats, but that’s a pretty butt-kicking line for a guy who gets about zero press. The Dodgers can clinch tonight, with Clayton Kershaw on the hill.

Nationals 4, Mets 2: A win is nice for Washington, but some bad news accompanied it with Denard Span leaving the game following a tumbling catch in center. He banged his knee up pretty good and will likely miss today’s game, but he waxed optimistic afterwards, saying that he thinks he’ll be OK. All that matters for Washington this week is staying healthy, so they really didn’t want to see that.

Orioles 5, Yankees 4: Nelson Cruz hit his 40th homer and Nick Markakis had four hits including a homer of his own.

Reds 3, Brewers 1: Johnny Cueto allowed one run over eight innings to pick up his 19th win. Probably the quietest 19-game winner in recent MLB history. He sports a 2.29 ERA too.

Marlins 2, Phillies 0: Henderson Alvarez pitched shutout ball into the eighth to outduel Cole Hamels.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3: Wellington Castillo walks ’em off with a 10th inning single. He also had a homer. Shelby Miller, who had been dominant in September so far allowed three runs on five hits and couldn’t finish five innings. The Cardinals fall, and now only lead the Pirates by one and a half. One in the loss column.

Rays 6, Red Sox 2: Tampa Bay scores all six of its runs in the eighth and ninth after Clay Buchholz ran out of gas.

Rangers 2, Astros 1: Nick Martinez allowed five hits, no walks and struck out five in six and two-thirds shutout innings. He credited a conversation with Rangers special assistant Greg Maddux before this start with changing his approach. Basically Maddux said “throw strikes, dude.” And Martinez did. He’s not a Hall of Famer for nothing, you guys.

Rockies 3, Padres 2: Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth and Brandon Barnes robbed Rene Rivera of a homer in the bottom of the inning with this pretty spiffy catch.

Twins 6, Diamondbacks 3: Kyle Gibson struck out eight in seven one-run innings. That’s, like, a week’s worth of strikeouts for Twins pitchers usually.