Craig Calcaterra

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Braves outfielder Hector Olivera arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman


Jeff Goldberg of WJLA-7 in Washington reports that Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera arrested in Arlington, Virginia after allegedly assaulting a woman. The Braves are in the Washington area for their series against the Nationals.

Police sources tell Goldberg that the female victim called 911 from the Ritz Carlton hotel in Arlington at 6:51 this morning saying she had been assaulted. Police say the victim had bruises and was transported to a hospital. Olivera was at the hotel and taken into police custody.

Olivera has played in five games this year and was slated to be the Braves’ regular left fielder. Expect those plans to change.

UPDATE: A Major League Baseball spokesman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Olivera has been placed on administrative leave and the commissioner’s office has begun an investigation.


Kris Medlen looked like he had some help picking off a runner last night


There’s a lot to catcher defense we don’t necessarily see. Framing is hard to see sometimes and we didn’t know until recent years how much of an impact it has. We’ve long heard about game-calling but, as a game is happening, that sometimes becomes invisible to the casual viewer. Controlling the running game via cannon-like throws to second base is obvious, but there are other ways a catcher can control the running game too that aren’t as obvious.

Take Salvador Perez‘s work last night against the Astros. Kris Medlen already has a great move to first base but, unless I’m totally imagining things, he got a major assist from Perez who made a subtle hand motion for a throw over which ended up picking off George Springer at first base.

The announcers talked about it possibly being just a gesture to go through the signs again, but usually that’s a lot more deliberate. This looked like something else. I can’t find anyone talking about it after the game, but it sure seemed like teamwork in action.

Even if not, nice pickoff.

Rays batters are using virtual reality to help them train

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tells us about how the Rays are one of several big-league teams who are using virtual reality training which allows hitters to better-prepare for the pitchers they’ll face via a partnership with a company called EON Sports VR. The details of it are slim, but it’s getting good reviews from Rays hitters who are using it.

Better reviews than all of those early virtual reality movies from the 1990s. My god, those were bad. As were all of those “oh my god the Internet is scary” movies that came out at the same time. I mean, yes, the Internet IS scary, but not for any of the reasons that vexed Sandra Bullock or whoever in those flicks.