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Jonathan Papelbon learned a strange lesson from the Bryce Harper choking incident

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In this story from MLB.com about Jonathan Papelbon‘s grievance against the Washington Nationals stemming from his four-game suspension at the end of the season, he talks a bit about the incident which led to the suspension in the first place: his choking Bryce Harper right in the gosh darn dugout in front of God, Matt Williams and everyone.

So Johnny, what have you learned?

“My mistake was doing that in the dugout in front of a camera,” Papelbon said. “I’ve got two young kids. They know that’s not right, but it happens. I fully apologize for doing that but most of it’s handled in the tunnel. [Harper is] a competitor, too.”

So remember Little Leaguers: when you determine that you need to choke one of your teammates, do it like the big leaguers do: out of sight. Maybe in the tunnel. Just make sure there are no cameras around.

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SHUTOUT! Veteran’s Committee fails to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame

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NASHVILLE — The Veteran’s Committee has voted and the announcement is in: no member of the Veteran’s Committee Pre-Integration ballot made the cut. The only inductees next summer will be living, breathing folks elected by the BBWAA.

The candidates were Doc Adams, Sam Breadon, Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Garry Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Harry Stovey, Chris von der Ahe and Bucky Walters are the candidates for Pre-Integration Era Committee consideration for Hall of Fame election. Here is a brief overview of the credentials of all of the candidates.

It’s worth noting that being on the Veterans Committee ballot means that, at some point, the baseball writers or past veterans committees considered their candidacies and found them lacking. So none of these oversight are so egregious that anyone should take up arms about it.

Still it is odd that a process that is designed to take a new fresh look at players and executives frequently doesn’t elect new Hall members. One has to ask why they bother continuing to look back at this era given how well it has been gone over and how unlikely it is that anyone from this era will eventually be elected.

The Tigers are looking at Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon

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This is somewhat unexpected: Jon Heyman says that the Detroit Tigers are considering Yoenis Cespedes or Alex Gordon as free agent options.

Cespedes, of course, played for Detroit in 2015, at least until he was traded to the Mets at the deadline in late July. Gordon, of course, has always been a Royal. The Tigers’ current outfield alignment consists of J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose and Cameron Maybin. While Gose and Maybin could be a nice center field combo, Brad Ausmus likely doesn’t want both of them in the lineup at the same time all that often. As such, Detroit getting a left fielder with a decent bat seems fairly essential.