Jordan Schafer arrested, charged with marijuana possession


Jordan Schafer, who was traded from the Braves to the Astros in July as part of the Michael Bourn deal, was arrested last night in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana.

According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times the arrest took place shortly after midnight at The Cheesecake Factory, which some might consider the most embarrassing part of the story for Schafer.

He was released on $2,000 bond a few hours later and “declined to give police the name of his employer,” which while silly is probably better than pulling the oft-used “do you know who I am?” card.

As a minor leaguer Schafer was suspended 50 games in 2008 after testing positive for human growth hormone. He missed most of last season with injuries and the 25-year-old outfielder hit just .242 with a .624 OPS in 82 games split between the Braves and Astros this season.

UPDATE: Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle has a few more details, including the fact that Schafer was stopped “after pulling up next to an unmarked police vehicle” with the “passenger’s side windows partially down with a ‘strong odor of marijuana’ coming from the vehicle. Oh, and according to the police report he had a joint in his hand. So yeah, that’s a pretty good way to guarantee an arrest.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager


The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.