Giants beat writer says that Dodgers fans are “total idiots” and “the worst fans in baseball”

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It was late and out west so I didn’t see it, but San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman witnessed something in L.A. last night that is is kind of mind boggling.

It happened in the sixth inning, when Matt Kemp made an error on a Melky Cabrera single to center. Kemp had trouble getting a handle on it, allowing Cabrera to take second. Cabrera ended up scoring on a Joaquin Arias single, which Kemp had a hard time getting too.

Now, remember: Matt Kemp has a bum hamstring, so it’s a miracle he made the lineup at all.

Anyway:

Then later, after a Kemp hit:

To head one argument off: Schulman may cover the Giants for the Chronicle, but (a) his reporting is always good and fair; and (b) he has always offered his opinion in his Twitter feed, both on baseball and other topics like politics, so it’s not like there was some official breach of objectivity here. It’s how he rolls and I’m glad he rolls that way.  As someone who is often accused of bias, I think it’s worth noting something: we all have biases or, short of that, opinions.  I worry more about those who act like they don’t and silently harbor them than I do about the ones who have them, are up front about them and allow you to judge their work for itself.

With that out of the way, please tell me Schulman was wrong and Dodgers fans weren’t booing the best freaking player in baseball and the leaps-and-bounds best player on their team? Who, as Schulman noted, went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored a run despite having a bum hamstring.

If so, Magic: Talk to your fans, OK?

UPDATE:  Dodgers Thoughts and Chad Moriyama both say Schulman was off base.

Report: MLB could fine the Angels $2 million for failure to report Tyler Skaggs’ drug use

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T.J. Quinn of ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball could fine the Los Angeles Angels up to $2 million “if Major League Baseball determines that team employees were told of Tyler Skaggs’ opioid use prior to his July 1 death and didn’t inform the commissioner’s office.”

The fine would be pursuant to the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement which affirmatively requires any team employee who isn’t a player to inform the Commissioner’s Office of “any evidence or reason to believe that a Player … has used, possessed or distributed any substance prohibited” by MLB.

As was reported last weekend, Eric Kay, the Angels Director of Communications, told DEA agents that he and at least one other high-ranking Angels official knew of Skaggs’ opioid use. The Angels have denied any knowledge of Skaggs’ use, and the other then-Angels employee Kay named, current Hall of Fame President Tim Mead deny that he know as well, but Kay’s admission that he knew — he in fact claims he purchased drugs for and did drugs with Skaggs — would, if true, constitute team knowledge. Major League Baseball would, of course, want to make its own determination of whether or not Kay was being truthful when he told DEA agents what his lawyer says he told them.

Which raises the question of why, apart from a strong desire to get in criminal jeopardy for lying to DEA agents, Kay would admit through his lawyer that he lied to DEA agents. Still, the process is the process, so giving MLB a little time here is probably not harming anyone.

As for a $2 million fine? Well, it cuts a number of ways. On the one hand, that’s a lot of money. On the other hand, (a) a man is dead; and (b) $2 million is what the Angels’ DH or center fielder makes in about 11 minutes so how much would such a fine really sting?

On the third hand, my God, what else can be done here? No matter what happened in the case of Skaggs’ death, this is not a situation anyone in either the Commissioner’s Office nor the MLBPA truly contemplated when the JDA was drafted. We live in a world of horrors at times, and by their very nature, horrors involve that which it is not expected and for which there can be no adequate, pre-negotiated remedy. It’s a bad story all around, no matter what happens.

Still, it would be notable for Major League Baseball to fine any team under the “teams must report players they suspect used banned substances” rule. Because, based on what I have heard, knowledge of players who use banned substances — which includes marijuana, cocaine, opioids and other non-PED illegal drugs — and which have not been reported to MLB is both commonplace and considerable.

But that’s a topic for another day. Perhaps tomorrow.