Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Bryce Harper: “Derek Jeter is not just the captain of the Yankees, the captain of all of baseball”


He said that in the video below. I assume it’s because Harper saw a young child who just ingested poison and he desperately sought a way to induce vomiting.

Also, based on the looks on their faces, do you not expect them to hold up a newspaper with today’s date on it as some sort of proof-of-life thing? Watch McCutchen’s eyes. If he blinks twice, he’s trying to send a message out without his captors noticing it:

Must-click Link: the challenges Major League Baseball faces in implementing a domestic violence policy

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Last week I called for Major League Baseball to talk to the MLBPA and begin the process of implementing a domestic violence/off-the-field behavior policy. Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced that it would do just that.

Last night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox wrote an excellent column outlining the difficulty involved in crafting such a policy, ranging from what triggers discipline — An arrest? A conviction? What happens if charges are dropped? — to what sort of punishment is best. Worth noting: sometimes what appears to be the strongest punishment could actually be counterproductive for, you know, discouraging or preventing domestic violence. It’s an excellent column, and if you approach this topic without acknowledging the challenges Rosenthal outlines therein, you’re going to approach it poorly.

But Ken makes a great point in it too: just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it should not be done. If anything, it means that work should begin on it now so that all of those challenges can be thought about and addressed in a reasonable manner and so Major League Baseball will not be forced or pressured into acting in half-assed ways when the next incident of off-the-field violence occurs. Do the work now so things aren’t so difficult later.

A-Rod unlikely to be charged in the Biogenesis case

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The government is not likely to charge or otherwise target Alex Rodriguez in the Biogenesis prosecution. That according to the Daily News, who spoke to the attorney for A-Rod’s cousin Yuri Sucart on the matter.

This is not terribly surprising as, most of the time anyway, law enforcement tends to prefer to go after drug dealers than drug users. While Major League Baseball treated A-Rod as Public Enemy Number One, to the cops he’s just that kid buying a bag of something.

Sucart is one of seven criminal defendants in the prosecution. Anthony Bosch has already reached an agreement to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute PEDs next month. The other guys are slated to go trial if they can’t reach agreements of their own.

Marcus Stroman should be suspended for throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head

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Last night’s Orioles-Jays game featured some seriously stupid and bush league garbage from Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman.

The video below lays it all out, but basically Stroman threw a ball behind the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph. Why? Apparently because Joseph inadvertently — and it couldn’t be anything but inadvertent — stepped on Jose Reyes’ fingers during an earlier play at the plate or perhaps was blocking the plate. Some words were exchanged following the Reyes play and it’s possible someone said something dumb, but that in no way justifies what Stroman did.

Stroman deserves a hefty suspension. Heftier than a crotch-grab draws these days around Major League Baseball:

Jonathan Papelbon’s suspension could possibly save the Phillies $13 million

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The seven-game suspension of Jonathan Papelbon for his crotch-grabbing is all laugh-worthy, but it could also help save the Phillies some money.

Because general manager Ruben Amaro can’t help himself when it comes to veterans, he not only made Jonathan Papelbon the highest-paid closer in baseball when he signed him before the 2012 season, he even gave him a vesting option that could, if triggered, turn an already-too-long contact into five-year deal. What triggers the option, which would pay Papelbon $13 million for 2016? If he either (a) finishes 55 games in 2015; or (b) finishes a combined 100 games between 2014 and 2015.

Before the suspension, Papelbon had finished 50 games this season. His seven-game suspension will take up most of the rest of the season. While it’s possible that the Phillies would be dumb enough to let him finish 55 games next season to trigger the option, if they avoid that, it will take close to a couple weeks worth of work off of Papelbon’s plate for the two-year option trigger, making it easier for them to strategically sit him without it looking too much like they’re avoiding the option.

Of course, that all assumes that the Phillies want to avoid paying a guy in his mid-30s seven figures. Which is not an impulse they’ve exhibited much in recent years.